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Mental Health Amid COVID-19

Three Tips from BYU CAPS

We are all experiencing significant changes in a short amount of time!

As things continue to evolve, it is natural to feel anxious and unsure about the transition. Utilizing campus resources, we reached out to BYU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for advice on how to combat the apprehension around uncertainty. CAPS suggest following this three-step plan:

  1. Avoid excessive exposure to media concerning the COVID-19 virus. This may sound counter-intuitive, and naturally, we all want to be well informed, but watch how much media you are consuming when it comes to COVID-19. It is easy to work yourself up when surrounded by alarming messages. Get the information from trusted, unbiased, and narrative-free locations.
  2. Create a schedule. Sleep for a regular amount of time, have meals—not snacks, and consider following a “school-like” class schedule. It is easy to slip into a “break” mindset and have empty days. However, following your normal schedule can be very helpful. A structure can help order your life and provide some much-needed stability and continuity while everything shifts around you.
  3. Maintain connection with other people. Yes, we urge you to continue to practice social distancing and remain in self-quarantine, but that doesn’t mean you can’t FaceTime your friends or continue to call family. If you are living with other people, plan indoor activities with them, ensure that you will have some social interaction over the week. Remember, no one is alone in this!