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COVID-19: Coping with Uncertainty

The emotional impact of COVID-19 can be stressful and overwhelming for many. Coping with stress, anxiety, and uncertainty is important for your well-being. Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Daily structure. Create a daily schedule for yourself. Maintain your usual routines as much as possible, and when impossible, come up with a creative way to fill that time. Make sure to set aside time each day for self-care.
  • Avoid excessive media exposure. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. It’s important to stay informed, but hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Connect with others. Guidelines recommend social distancing, but find creative ways to stay connected to others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Use technology to stay connected.
  • Stay in the here and now. The situation is fluid and changes hour to hour. Anxiety builds with the uncertainty of what will happen a week or month from now. Temporarily resist the urge to plan well in advanced and focus on the things you can control now.
  • Find Joy. Try to do activities you enjoy. Make time to unwind and relax.
  • Impermanence. Although it feels endless, this pandemic will end. The guidelines for social distancing, closures, and changes to University operations are temporary.

If you (or someone you care about) are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call us at (808) 675-3518, email counselingservices@byuh.edu, or walk in to our office at McKay 181 and speak with a counselor.