Over the last year, COVID-19 dominated our headlines and the information feels difficult to escape. Counseling Center staff want to assure you that it is normal to experience worry in the face of uncertainty.
Additionally, we ask members of our community to reflect on their behaviors associated with these circumstances. Xenophobic jokes and remarks can inflict real harm and stigmatize different groups represented in our community. Please remember to be kind, caring and compassionate community members who contribute to the collective mental health of this campus.
Visit SUNY Cortland's COVID-19 page and Restart page for more information. Read our tips on managing the stress of living with COVID-19 (PDF).
For our SUNY Cortland Wellness Days, the Counseling Center has added some new Self-Care resources. Please take advantage of the free time to review our "Mind and Body Compassion Handout (PDF)" and try some of the exercises to increase relaxation and a sense of well-being. We also have developed a Rest, Recharge and Re-energize through Mindfulness Meditation (PDF) resource that contains multiple links to various meditation options to help you throughout your day.
During this trying and unique time, it is crucial to practice self-care to promote overall wellness and prevent the cumulative effects of stress. Below are some resources to aid in thinking about and implementing self-care strategies and routines:
With growing concerns related to our physical health, it is important to pay attention to our mental health as well. During this time of change and uncertainty, it is normal to experience an increase in stress and anxiety. Below are a few resources to help recognize and understand the impacts of stress and anxiety, and some strategies to aid in coping during this time:
Given the magnitude of this pandemic, many of us will know someone who falls ill or we may become ill ourselves. We also will experience the changes that physical distancing engenders, including loss of routine, missed or postponed special events, or just plain socializing with family and friends. These resources can help explain our reactions to loss and help us come to terms with grief and loss during this time.
Relationship dynamics can get especially challenging during these stressful times. Here are some suggestions on how to address those dynamics healthfully.
During these times of physical distancing, you may feel lonely and your relationships might have taken a hit. Here are some tips that can help you to address these concerns:
Being at home and away from your support group can be challenging. Here are links that can be helpful: