Self care isn't selfish

Good Ideas for COVID-19 and Your Mental Health  

Updated Friday, August 14, 2020

Set a media diet: it is nice to have social media, TV, movies and such available to help us feel connected to others. Some people say it actually makes them feel worse! So, we cannot use social media alone and we cannot be on it all day. Try some of these other ways to take care of ourselves listed below. 

Stay connected
Social distancing is necessary to stop the spread of the virus. However, emotional distancing is not what we need as people.  Stay connected by actually talking to others by phone, FaceTime, Skype or Zoom. Check in with parents, grandparents and those who might also be alone.

Dealing with loneliness or depression
COVID-19 fatigue is real. It is especially difficult when you add in having to social distance from others. Graceland’s personal counselor may provide services for students. Contact Dee at 641-784-5463 or email at to make an appointment.

  • Crisis text line: This is a free and anonymous 24/7 hotline available to people who are struggling emotionally.  Text “START” to 741-741 to be connected with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-TALK (8255): If you are having suicidal thoughts, they will talk to you and assess whether a other steps might be necessary. Do not just go to the hospital ER without calling ahead due to the virus.

Contacting Graceland's personal counselor

Graceland's personal counselor is available to meet remotely with students who are enrolled in classes on the Lamoni campus and live in Iowa.

Currently, sessions are held remotely using email, phone calls and Zoom meetings.

Dee White Eye, LISW
Professional Personal Counselor

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Take care of your spirit (While some of these involve contact with others, most can be practiced in solitude.)