Taking Care of Your Body
Engage in Routine Exercise
You don’t need a gym to get exercise. Some easy ways to get exercise include:
- Free yoga videos on YouTube and other websites
- Going outside and getting fresh air by walking, running, riding your bike, or hiking (while being sure to follow social distancing guidelines)
Get Good Sleep
- Consider investing in a white noise machine or exploring free white noise apps for your electronic devices.
- Go to bed and get up at the same time each day.
- Take time to cook healthy food that you enjoy and increase your water intake.
- Be mindful of increased drug and alcohol consumption being used to cope with stress and boredom.
Build a Routine
Try to maintain consistency in your life as if you were going to work and/or school like you normally would. Some things that may help with this include:
- Writing out your schedule on a board or paper and displaying it prominently
- Going to bed at the same time each night and setting an alarm to get up at the same time each morning, trying to follow the usual routine you did while learning or working on campus
- Creating a diversified list of activities and scheduling in intentional down time to reflect
- Taking breaks from screens to refrain from being online all day
Address Fears and Doubts
- Practice letting go of the things you cannot change.
- Accept your emotions and reach out to trusted people for support.
- Take a break from social media and the news about COVID-19.
Reflect and Engage in Resiliency Activities
University of Utah Health has provided pointers from Amanda McNab, LSCW, a clinical staff development educator at University of Utah Health and Crisis and Diversion Services, on how you can cope with mental health during the pandemic.
Greater Good magazine, published by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, has many articles curated to help you during this time. The Greater Good Science Center also has a YouTube channel , expressive writing exercise , and self-compassion practice you may want to explore.