5 Tips for Coping with Self-Isolation
In this time of uncertainty, it’s important to remain motivated, positive, and grounded. Here are some tips to help reduce anxiety during this period of self-isolation and quarantine.
1. Connect with friends and family
Connecting virtually with friends and family can help you to stay grounded and in the moment. These are very uncertain times which may elicit feelings of anxiety. Being able to talk to someone you trust about these feelings, can help you to keep a positive outlook on the situation.
Zoom is a free and convenient app to connect with friend and family via an interactive video platform.
2. Take a break from social media and news outlets
Much of the news today has been focused on the pandemic, and while being well informed is both critical and should not be taken lightly, it is important to take a break and enjoy other aspects of life. For example, indulge in your hobbies, spend time with family and friends, watch a movie, or call a friend or family member. Reminding ourselves about the facts can help to reduce feelings of anxiety.
3. Keep a daily routine
Keeping a daily routine may help you to stay motivated while staying at home. Try to maintain the same routine you had before the period of self-isolation. For instance, if you woke up at 8:00am every morning to exercise before leaving for work or school, continue to do the same. For many of us, work and class has been converted to an online format. To help stay motivated and engaged, be sure to change out of your PJs and into work clothing. Additionally, make sure to schedule out a designated time or timeframe to study. This designated time can help you to remain on task and continue to meet assignment deadlines.
4. Make time for self-care
Remember to take the time to do the things you enjoy in life. Whether that’s cooking, reading, painting, watching funny or inspirational videos on YouTube, be sure to schedule in some time for self-care.
Lancer Recreation has some great online fitness and health video resources that can be found here.
5. Get some fresh air
It is extremely necessary and urged to stay home and not make any non-essential trips outdoors. That said, you can still get some fresh air by spending some time on your balcony if you live in an apartment building and even going for a walk on your own or with a small group.
Please feel free to share with us any other tips you may have.
Though the physical GSS office is closed until the University resumes non-essential services, we are available to students online through our various services. NOTE: We will not be issuing new or replaced UPass cards at this time.
Please contact us through one of the email addresses below for online support:
- Drug and Dental Plan – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Advocate – email@example.com
Additionally, please visit the University of Windsor website http://www.uwindsor.
Remember to be compassionate and kind to one another during this challenging time.