CAPS - COVID-19 News And Updates

  

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Dear Saint Mary’s Students,

Saint Mary’s and the world find ourselves in this surreal and unprecedented moment. With the disruption of your normal routine as a student, you may be feeling stressed, worried and sad about all the changes that have taken place due to COVID-19.

Like the rest of the college, CAPS has been working to respond to the current situation by updating our services. We are here to support you, and we are available to provide many of our regular services remotely.

It is important now, more than ever, to prioritize strategies to ensure your optimal health and well-being. In that spirit, below are some tips to help you feel more grounded and help you manage your time:

  • Remember that all your feelings at this time (stress, worry, anxiety, disappointment, sadness) are valid.
  • Naming your emotions can offer some relief. Find ways to voice these difficult emotions whether it's talking with a trusted person (friend, family member, therapist) in your life, journaling, or using creative expression.
  • Build structure into your days at home by having routines. In addition to your classes, make a schedule for homework, exercise, productive and fun activities, and ways to connect with others (if only remotely at this time).
  • Take action and practice social distancing.  Take the essential precautionary measures we are all being asked to take.
  • Take care of yourself physically. Get plenty of sleep, exercise, get outside daily for fresh air, eat healthy.
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
    • Seek accurate information. Here are some reliable sources of information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

  • Seek supports & use campus resources. Reach out to friends and family and learn about on-campus and off-campus resources that are available. If you or someone you know has high distress that does not seem to be lessening, talk about it with others, or contact CAPS or the Dean of Students Office. Your campus community is here to help!
  • 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 if 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.