Learning Remotely and Well-Being

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.

Reach Out

  • 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 still available to meet with students via Zoom for the Spring semester. 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 will continue to operate with appointments by telephone. More details can be found on the CAMHS website.