Special Feature

Coping With Covid

Written by Mike Freeman

Illustration by Bianca Austria

As the semester begins, many students are faced with changes in the way we do things. From how we learn, to how we play and how we socialize, these variations can be met with an overabundance of emotions. These changes may consciously or subconsciously affect our decisions. For the above reasons, we need to double-check ourselves and the ones around us to make sure that we remain at our best.

The first step in helping others is helping yourself. For instance, have you noticed inconsistencies in your sleep schedule or grooming patterns compared to your usual routine? A good rule of thumb is creating a schedule and writing it down to help increase accountability. Communicating with dependable friends and family will also help keep you accountable and honest. Checking in on yourself is important - if you cannot help yourself, then helping others becomes increasingly difficult.

Once you help yourself, you can help others. You want to start by being aware of the signs of stress, even though certain behaviors vary from person to person. Are friends and family irritable, unsure or having difficulty following a routine? These can all be signs that things are not normal. If you notice changes, it is important to check in. You just want to show support however you can. A great way to combat negative feelings is by boosting exercise and communication. Walking and talking while being socially distant is an excellent way to feel better.

There are many ways one can choose to cope, but the best way is to remember that people love and care about you. There are many resources at home, through Beach Balance and within the Division of Student Affairs to help you cope during the era of COVID-19.

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