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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Listen to your favorite music
- Enjoy a long, warm shower or bubble bath (if available)
- Go for a walk
- Facetime or Zoom/connect with a loved one
- Relax outside
- Exercise (of my choice)
- Spiritual prayer time
- Practice deep breathing
- Do "stretching" exercises
- Reflect on your positive qualities: “I am…”
- Watch the sunrise/sunset
- Concentrate/visualize a relaxing scene in your mind
- Create a collage representing “the real me”
- Reflect on: “I appreciate…”
- Write your thoughts and feelings in a personal journal
- Read a special book or magazine
- Sing/hum/whistle a happy tune
- Play a musical instrument
- Practice meditation
- Work with plants (gardening)
- Learn a new skill
- See a special play or concert on social media
- Work out at home with weights/equipment
- Take a bike ride
- Make yourself a nutritious snack
- Draw/paint a picture
- Do aerobics/dance
- Smile. Say “I love myself” or other positive compliments
- Imagine or visualize myself achieving your goals and dreams
- Reflect on "my most enjoyable memories"
- Enjoy a relaxing nap
- Practice yoga
- Enjoy a cool, refreshing glass of water or fruit juice
- Enjoy the beauty of nature... even if only from a window view
- Count your blessings: “I am Thankful for…”
- Star gaze
- Tell yourself the loving words you want to hear from others
- Attend a special workshop/class online
- Create with clay/pottery
- Practice positive affirmations
- Pet an animal
- Watch your favorite TV show or movie
- Reflect on your successes: “I can…”
- Write a poem expressing your feelings
- Relax by watching the clouds
- Create something nice for yourself
- Read positive, motivational literature or listen to TED talks
- Reflect on: “What I value most in life!”
- Phone or text a friend
- Go on a picnic
- Enjoy a gourmet cup of herbal tea/coffee
- Practice a relaxation exercise
- Practice the art of forgiveness
- Participate in a hobby
- Create your own unique list of things that work for you
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.