Coping and Thriving During COVID-19

Welcome! TGraphic: Don't Just Survive, Thrive his resource page shares a variety of strategies that can be used to help you navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Managing the stress caused by the pandemic in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and our campus stronger.

 


Recognize Signs of Distress

You are more likely to experience feelings of isolation, depression, anxiety, and other emotional or financial stresses during a crisis like a pandemic. Now is the perfect time to become aware of your levels of functioning so you can better understand your starting point as you work to foster your mental health and well-being. It is important to note that poor mental health is not necessarily indicative of a mental illness, which would be diagnosed by a professional.


Self-Care, Coping, and Building Resilience

There are a number of ways to support yourself during COVID-19. Remember to take care of your body, unwind and relax, connect with others, set goals and priorities, focus on the facts, and stay positive.


Support Mental Health in the Workplace

Social support and connection is essential for fostering mental health. We don’t have to be afraid of conversations about mental health with our co-workers. There is an appropriate way to “start the conversation” and when we do this we help reduce stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace as well as normalize help-seeking behaviors.


Seek Professional Support

Sometimes it can feel as if your symptoms are too much to handle. If this happens, the best next step is to seek professional assistance. Asking for help can feel like a strange mix of emotions, perhaps empowering because you understand you are taking a tangible step toward making progress, but also perhaps swallowing your pride because you are accepting that help would be beneficial to you. This is normal and healthy!