Hello Fellow Beavers,

During this time of great uncertainty – both in the world and locally – we want you to know that we are in this together.  As we adjust to our new realities, it is important to find new ways to stay connected and support each other’s needs, including health, remote learning, financial, and social distancing. Let’s commit to making personal decisions that take good care of ourselves and our community. To that end, we’ve included some suggestions below for ways you can cope with challenges you may face, as well as some resources. This list is just a starting point. As you figure out other helpful ways to cope and adjust, please consider sharing them with your friends, communities and on social media.

Things you can do to take care of yourself (source: CDC):

  • Maintain your normal routine as much as possible, even when you’re at home all day. Set an alarm, eat regular meals, go to sleep at your normal time and make sure to make time for self- care.
  • Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Use an app to set screen time limits.
  • 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.
  • Make time to unwind. Take part in safe activities that you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling and check in with others you care about.

Some activities to combat social isolation:

  • Stay connected to Beaver Nation by checking out the Student Experience website to see how we’re taking the OSU Experience to the virtual world.
  • Check in with friends and family via video chat or phone (host a video chat party).
  • Get outside and check out something new.
    • Take a walk, roll or run. Consider visiting a walking path or local trail.
    • Please remember to limit activities—such as a soccer game—to members of your household while remaining socially distant.  Avoid contact with plastics and metals found on playgrounds and keep direct contact with others to a minimum. 
  • Download Sanvello and get access to free premium meditations with a valid .edu email address.
  • Take a few  virtual field trips; more than 30 are available.
  • Take a virtual tour of 12 famous museums.
  • Get in touch with your creative side. Listen to music or create your own playlist; work on or take up a new hobby; learn a language--anything that inspires you.

Unity is an important aspect of wellness during these times. 

  • Nationality has no influence on COVID-19.  Look out for your fellow students and remember that you can submit a Bias Incident Report if you experience or witness an act of bigotry. Let’s all remember to respect one another.
  • A public health crisis like COVID-19 can cause uncertainty and stress for people of all ages and identities. For some communities already at greater risk of anxiety, depression and negative health outcomes, the pandemic can exacerbate challenges they already face. Social distancing and isolation necessary to stop the spread of the virus can also increase feelings of loneliness and need for support. As you take care of yourself, remind your friends and family to take care of themselves. Offer your support and look for ways to connect with those who may be struggling.

Resources:

We wish you the best as we embark on spring term. We are all in this together!

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Rachel Josephson
ASOSU President

Date: 
March 31, 2020