Managing Concerns & Emotions

News reports about the coronavirus, together with concerns that the virus could become more widespread, are raising a number of concerns. Learn more about Taking Care Of Your Mental Health In The Face Of Uncertainty. Check out this Guide to Managing Anxiety in the Face of Global Uncertainty available in 20 languages. Below are some additional tips to help you put information and concerns in perspective, manage your uncertainty, and focus on your well-being.

    • 2. Keep things in perspective. Take a deep breath and stay focused on what the situation actually is, rather than the worst-case-scenario. It can be helpful to shift your focus to things within your control rather than things outside your control.
    • 3. Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling and how you may be reacting to any fears and uncertainties. [WATCH VIDEO] It’s okay to not be okay
    • 4. Maintain day-to-day structure and keep connected. Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. Consider scheduling regular phone/video contact with friends and family. Maintain a regular bedtime and wake up time; structure your time with hobbies, homework, reading, etc.
    • 5. Follow the prevention and protection tips given by medical professionals such as Social Distancing and Student Health Services Health Alert
    • 6. Practice calming rituals. Stay grounded in the present moment, which can help you maintain an internal sense of stability and balance when outside events feel threatening.Take A Deep Breath
    • 7. Avoid stigmatizing or generalizing. Often when there is uncertainty, our thoughts can become more less compassionate and more fear-based. Remember to keep in mind the kindness and empathy with which we strive to treat one another at all times as we address this challenge together.