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          Trinity Counselors Share Advice and Ideas for Mental Health Staying at Home

          该 counselors have some advice to share to help students manage their mental health during this time of quarantine.

          Maintain your normal routine as much as possible. Write a schedule for yourself to break your day into chunks if it helps you stay on track.

          Go to sleep at a reasonable time. Getting enough sleep helps your immune system so that you can stay healthy and focus on your school work.

          Maintain your normal personal hygiene routine every day – shower and put on clean clothes. You’d be surprised how much it affects your mood when you don’t do this!

          Try to eat a well balanced diet and drink plenty of water. When we’re home all day and stressed it’s tempting to snack and eat more than we usually do. Eating junk food can make you feel sluggish and make it difficult to focus on school work.

          Find some way to incorporate movement into your day (while social distancing, of course). If it’s a nice day, take a walk. 该re are free exercise classes on YouTube if you can’t go outside.

          Reach out to your friends (again, while practicing social distancing). It is important that you find ways to connect with your friends through video chats, phone calls, and texting during the quarantine.

          Take breaks from screen time and get some fresh air when you can. Being inside all day and looking at a screen can make us feel mentally foggy, unable to focus, and irritable.

          Try to limit the amount of time you are reading or watching the news related to COVID-19.  When you do watch or read the news, follow Mr. Rogers’ advice to “look for the helpers.” In times of crisis, it can help us to focus on the positives and all the good that is going on around us.

          Practice gratitude. When you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, it can help to make a list or talk about some of the things that you are grateful for in your life.

          Try to be a helper. Finding ways to help out in your home or community (while practicing social distancing) can help us improve our mood.

          Communicate with your teachers or counselors if you are having any issues with online learning. This is a new system for everyone, and there will be a learning curve while we adjust.

          If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, talk to your parents or guardians. It’s natural to worry about yourself or loved ones getting sick, but it’s important to talk to someone about those worries. Focusing on the things you can control – like practicing social distancing and washing your hands effectively – can help those of us who are anxious during this time. 该 attached image gives us a nice visual of the things we can control and the things we cannot (source: thecounselingteacher.com).

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