Your mental health when everything’s changing

Whether you’re taking hybrid in-person and ASU Sync classes, or you’ll be studying remotely, there’s a lot going on right now both in your life and in the world. All of this can lead to an overwhelming amount of stress. While you navigate this new and changing reality, it’s important that you don’t neglect your mental health.

Create a routine

To keep a sense of normalcy, create a routine and stick to it. Plan when to wake up and have meals, and when and how you’ll attend your classes, when you’ll make time for fitness, do homework and study. Having a plan will help you stay focused on the things you need to accomplish and allow you to set aside chunks of time for leisure activities so you don’t spend the whole day distracted or off-track. 

Connect with your support network

Set up a video call with family or friends and take the time to connect with them. Keeping connections fresh and interacting with others remotely is a great exercise for your mental health. Even meeting new people is a great exercise for your mind. While this may be tougher while you’re social distancing, remember that others are in similar situations to what you’re going through, and you can take the first step by reaching out. Try setting up a virtual study group or meet people by joining a student group with virtual meetings and let the Zoom friendships bloom. 

Your support network can include your ASU community, too. Your First-Year Success coach is here for you, and is available for virtual appointments. The FYS Center even has a Slack channel where you can ask general questions and engage in community discussions. 

Focus on what you enjoy

Use your free time after classes to dive deep into things you’ve always wanted to explore. Like reaching out to a professor whose work you’ve always been interested in, reading a novel that’s been on your list forever, watching a show your friends have been recommending or trying a new DIY project. Skillshare is offering two months of their premium membership free to college students right now — take advantage of this deal and finally learn how to knit, do calligraphy or whatever interests you. 

Limit your time in front of the TV

Staring at the news is no way to spend your down time. While checking in is important, avoid spending your whole day watching news channels. Mix it up with fun TV shows, and find things that take you away from staring at a screen. Check out one of these podcasts, or enjoy your favorite tunes to mindfully step away from the TV or your phone. 

Get into the meditation mindset

The ASU Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience is a great resource right now (and all the time, honestly). They are hosting daily meditations on YouTube. Use this link on weekdays at noon and zen out. Schedule these in your calendar as much as you can — you could use the mental break. 

Let us know what you’re doing to focus on your mental health this semester. Send us a message at asuadulting101@asu.edu or tag us on Instagram.

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