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7 Helpful Tips for Students Coping With the COVID-19 Pandemic

The pandemic has upended students' lives as they have been asked to leave their school campus and adjust to new living situations. That is understandably stressful, and it is totally normal to feel sad, anxious, frightened, or angry.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

No one is exempted from the stress and anxiety brought by the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak of COVID-19 has truly affected many areas of our daily life, including our mental health. Some are afraid to lose their job permanently, some are scared that they might be infected with the virus, some are worried about their delayed plans, financial, or relationship difficulties. But one thing is for sure - everyone suffers from the fear of uncertainty - including students. The pandemic has upended students' lives as they have been asked to leave their school campus and adjust to new living situations. That is understandably stressful, and it is totally normal to feel sad, anxious, frightened, or angry.

The stress caused by the pandemic makes it extra important to practice self-care. Here are some effectual tips for students for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Limit your exposure to news.

While it is necessary to stay well-informed, your mind also needs a break from stressful news. You can do other things such as read books, watch a series or a movie, catch up with friends through social media sites, or have quality time with your family. Doing some activities will keep you away from the news that may just make you more anxious.

  • Stay connected.

Doing self-isolation does not mean you cannot talk to other people anymore. With everyone and everything going digital now, it is still possible to communicate with others despite being on quarantine. Air your worries and fears by communicating with your family and friends.

  • Encourage yourself to be productive with your free time.

Keep in mind that this is not a vacation from school or a way to get out of classes. Keep to your routines as much as possible. Try to wake up and go to bed around the same time as if you are still going to school, and keep up your study schedule. During your free time, you can do things you enjoy doing such as playing mobile games, streaming Netflix, cooking dishes, and chatting with your friends.

  • Stay active.

Staying at home means fewer opportunities to be physically active. But we can still prioritize our health even when we are spending less time outside our homes. Do some body weight home-based strength exercises or yoga. Dancing is an excellent way to maintain fitness too! If you don't know how and where to start, you can download a fitness app. There are thousands of apps that offer full workouts you can do at home with no equipment.

  • Make a schedule for your everyday activities.

Doing self-isolation somehow made us lost track of time and date. We lost our usual routines. Keeping a schedule down to the hour can help you accomplish some activities. For example, doing the chores and engaging in your hobbies. Also, making a schedule can keep your mind occupied and away from negative thoughts.

  • Remain vigilant and practice safety measures.

Continue to practice safety measures to lessen COVID-19 exposure. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based sanitizer is your best option if water is not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. And never forget to cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands. Limit your traveling.

  • Seek professional help if needed.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with sadness or anxiety, if you feel that you cannot handle your current situation, or if you think that you are at risk of harming yourself, it is advised to seek professional help. Mental health specialists are trained to help people deal with emotional stress and anxiety.

How to know if you need professional help?

The following are some of the indications that you might need to talk to a professional.

  • Feeling constantly tense, worried, or on edge.
  • Feeling like you cannot get through daily activities.
  • Having persistent feelings of distress or hopelessness.
  • Experiencing sudden, unexpected attacks of panic.

Practicing self-care especially during a pandemic is very important. Doing so will not only help you survive the pandemic, but you can also support your family and friends in coping with their stress and worries.