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Coping with COVID-19

Within a short time, the way we live our lives has dramatically changed in the context of COVID-19. Students have gone home, the MMC community has transitioned to remote learning and distance work, we’ve been engaging in social distancing, and the world seems to be an uncertain and frightening place.  Increased feelings of stress, anxiety, grief and loss (among others) are understandable reactions to the challenges that we’re all facing during this unprecedented time.

We hope this website can be a useful resource to you in managing the obstacles the come along with navigating our “new normal.”

Below you’ll find some recommendations, tips and resources. Please check back regularly for updates—as additional information will be added often.

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Updated May 1, 2020

Looking for some info on stress reduction and relaxation? Check out CWC’s updated Relaxation Station!

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Updated April 29, 2020

Feeling stressed out, overwhelmed or anxious? CWC is here to help. Despite social distancing, we’re still planning our largest event for the semester—Stress Down Day! This semster’s event will look a little different due to the virtual format, but we still have lots of fun and relaxing events planned.

Make sure to register ahead of time to get the Zoom link! 

The event will include four separate workshops. Jump in whenever you’re available—come for one session or all four! See the schedule below:

12:00–12:30 pm: Meet & Greet with Therapy Dogs: Session I

(please note that only 15 students will be permitted to join the session at a time)

12:30–1:00 pm: Meet & Greet with Therapy Dogs: Session II
(please note that only 15 students will be permitted to join the session at a time)

1:00–2:00 pm: Acupressure and Deep Breathing

2:00–3:00 pm: Yoga and Sound Bath

3:00 –4:00 pm: Guided Meditation

____________________________________________________________Updated April 9, 2020

Did you know that CWC is now on social media? Follow us on Instagram!

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Updated April 7, 2020

Are you experiencing mental health symptoms in the context of COVID-19?  Governor Cuomo recently announced the creation of the NY State COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline—where callers can access support. If you need help, please call: 1-844-863-9314.

Want more info? Read here.

Stress and anxiety are common and understandable reactions to COVID-19. With so many sources emphasizing shortness of breath as a telltale symptom of the virus, many people have been left wondering: is this tightness in my chest actually COVID-19? A panic attack? Or anxiety? This article from the NYC Department of Health provides useful definitions and guidance on how to make sense of your symptoms. 

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Updated April 6, 2020

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Thank you Headspace for providing these free resources to New Yorkers! Check out headspace.com/ny for free meditations, sleep resources and more. 

Updated March 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold globally and in our community, it’s typical for people to experience a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions, including (but not limited to): stress, anxiety, worry, sadness, fear, frustration/anger a sense of grief and loss, etc. 

If you’re struggling or feeling overwhelmed, here are some tips you might find helpful: 

1) Take control of the things you can. Unfortunately, you yourself can’t control the pandemic, but you are able to control many of the little things in your own life. For example, eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep, exercising at home, keeping a routine, and getting fresh air/light when possible. Keeping your body healthy keeps your stress levels more manageable.  

2) Make something. We are a creative community. When we create something, it reminds us of our power of renewal. For some people this might mean making a new recipe, writing a poem or song, making a scrapbook, taking photos, painting or drawing, staging a new dance routine, etc. When we’re feeling out of control, being creative shows us our power for making things new.

3) Picture something peaceful. Visualization can help us cope with a crisis. What you imagine can be anything that helps you feel peaceful and relaxed—perhaps its a beach, a sunrise, a sunset, a pace in nature, or a place where you have fond memories Visualizing that place can help create a sense of calm.   

4) Reach out. As we practice “social distancing”, it seems more important than ever to find other ways to remain connected to loved ones. Whether it’s on the phone, video chat, text message, instant messaging, or other forms of communication, we encourage you to reach out to those you’re regularly in contact with as well as people you might’ve lost touch with. Make sure to discuss other topics besides the pandemic. 

5) Let your senses guide you. Whether it’s taking a walk outside, observing nature, smelling fresh air, feeling the sun on your skin, hearing the birds chirping, feeling the breeze, or seeing the buds blossom, let your senses be activated. This can help you focus on the present moment, which directs your mind away from other potential anxieties. 

6) Help someone. Reaching out to those who are vulnerable or in need of help can help us feel better about ourselves. Whether that’s checking in on elderly neighbors and relatives, or picking up groceries or prescriptions for someone who can’t leave home, doing an act of kindness boosts our mood and makes us feel better as we make the world a better place.

7) Limit social media. Consider consulting a small handful of reputable news sources (The CDC, WHO and NYC Department of Health are sources we recommend) to avoid information overload while still remaining informed. Also consider changing your phone notification settings, so that every update or alert doesn’t trigger your brain into thinking you’re receiving bad news.

Here are some additional resources: 

CWC Relaxation Station: Relaxation Station

After hours/Crisis: 

  • NYC Well: 1-800-692-9355 or text “WELL” to 65173
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
  • OMH Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314
    • Provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to COVID-19.
  • Crisis Text Line:  Text “HOME” to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Call 911
  • Go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room

We hope that these tips and resources can be helpful to you, and as always CWC is here for you if you’re having difficulty coping or struggling with your mental health.

If you’d like to speak with a counselor via phone or video, email us at counseling@mmm.edu.