Take Care of Yourself
- Studying from home can be stressful, so experiment with some different strategies that might help you manage the stress.
- Try working in 30-minute or 1-hour increments and spend the last 5 minutes doing some light exercise (e.g., sun salutations, jumping jacks, push-ups, air squats). You can study in athletic clothes to stay motivated (and comfortable)!
- Try to take a daily walk outside, especially if you are staying in a place that is restricting gatherings and other kinds of movement.
- Try to keep healthy snacks around, but don't beat yourself up for the occasional lazy day and bowls of ice cream.
- If the news and social media are creating stress, try putting your phone in airplane mode, even for short periods of time.
- Schedule video study groups and social time. Texting in real time provides some connection, but seeing the face of a friend or classmate can actively decrease your sense of isolation.
- Do whatever you can to make your workspace as soothing as possible. Flowers, house plants, and pictures of beautiful places can create a sense of peace.
- Take a look at the Dean of Students Office's recommendations for staying physically active and mentally healthy.
- Know that these are unprecedented times and are bound to be difficult. If you need help with creating a balanced schedule or figuring out strategies to get around procrastination or tips for connecting with others, book a Zoom appointment with an Academic Coach through the ARC website.
- Peer Tutors are available to meet with students via Zoom. Use the ARC Scheduler or Tutor Matcher to meet with a Peer Tutor.
- For guidance about managing fear and anxiety around the coronavirus pandemic, Harvard University Health Services offers guidance in this HUHS pdf.
- If you need to talk to a mental health counselor, Harvard’s Counseling and Mental Health Services and Behavioral Health is currently providing telemedicine via Zoom. CAMHS also provides therapy groups, support groups, and workshops via Zoom. More details can be found on the CAMHS website.