First of all, remember, you and your academic success are important to everyone at KU. While rapidly moving to online is historic and new for most of us, we are all in this together. While you may be feeling uncertain or experiencing stress regarding this change, please know that we have an entire university of instructors and staff who are ready to help.
- See Guide to Online for tips and strategies for online learning
- See Student Support for a list of KU resources and departments who can assist
During this time, keep in mind:
Your health is important, including your mental health
News reports about the coronavirus, together with concerns that the virus could become more widespread, is raising a number of concerns and making some people worry. Learn more about taking care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty here afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty.
Seek accurate information and limit exposure to social media and news reports that provide no new information or inaccurate information. Here are some reliable sources of information:
Keep things in perspective. Take a deep breath and stay focused on what the situation actually is, rather than the worst-case-scenario. Focus on things in life that you can control.
Acknowledge reactions. Allow yourself time to reflect on what you are feeling (scared, angry, sad, etc.) and know those feelings are valid.
As much as possible maintain your normal day-to-day activities and keep connected. Resist withdrawing and isolating yourself. Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. Create structure in your day by: scheduling a normal bedtime and wake up time; structuring your time with hobbies, homework, reading, etc; scheduling regular phone/video contact with friends and family.
Follow the prevention and protection tips given by medical professionals such as Watkins Health Services, national medical authorities and your own medical doctor. Practice social distancing and good hygiene, eat healthy foods, drink water, and get adequate sleep.
Practice calming rituals. Stay grounded in the present moment, which can help you maintain an internal sense of stability and balance when outside events feel threatening. Take breaks to engage in activities you enjoy.
Avoid stigmatizing or generalizing.
Remember to keep in mind the kindness and empathy with which we strive to treat one another at all times as we address this challenge together. Be aware of your behavior or attitudes change towards others from another country, and avoid stigmatizing anyone who is sick as potentially having the Coronavirus. Often when there is uncertainty, our thoughts can become less compassionate and more fear-based.