I miss not having you on campus and am sending positive energy to each of you as we all navigate these uncertain times.
In the past several weeks, I have read more news and articles about COVID-19 than I care to count. The article that stuck with me the most calls what we are all experiencing "collective grief". This grief includes feelings of sadness about people we are missing and events that will not happen this semester, feelings of anxiety about what the future may hold, and worry about loved ones near and far. And I know the list goes on.
The article also offers hope, and reminds me that there is power in acceptance. This power comes from focusing on things that we can control. With that in mind, I want to offer a few recommendations that may bring you a sense of reassurance.
You can, and should...
- Ask for help: You don't have to figure this out on your own. Counseling and Psychiatry Services, Student Health Services, LivingWell and other resources are all available to you. Our Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHWB) programs and services web page explains how to reach us.
- Stay connected to UVM: Keep using all of the resources you relied on when you were on campus. View UVM's directory of services or call the helpline 802-656-4357 (HELP) for guidance.
- Maintain social connections: Community support can help you through tough times. UVM Bored already has a list of virtual events that are happening.
- Get some fresh air: Going outdoors can help to regulate your mood and moving you body is a great way to feel better. Also, Campus Rec has free online classes.
- Unplug: Take breaks from news and social media. After all, it's impossible to keep up and trying to may heighten your anxiety.
Finally, please continue to practice social distancing as a way to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe. This is our shared responsibility to help our communities and families get through this.
Some Quick Links:
You@UVM: CHWB's online resource tool offers tips and guidance for how to take care of your mental and physical wellbeing.
Practice Mindfulness: Check out the UVM Mindfulness Soundcloud for free guided meditations.
John Paul Grogan
Public Health and Outreach Director
Center for Health and Wellbeing