Making plans and staying positive when things are uncertain

Posted by Christine Campbell on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10:02 AM PDT

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It’s been an uncertain and sobering week. Here at Seattle University, on-campus students who were busy gearing up for finals, are now finishing the year virtually and moving out of dorms. Students who were studying abroad have been called home. Schools are closed, businesses are closing, and events are canceled. We’re all watching the news of the world, stunned by the spread of COVID-19 and worrying about friends and family far away—and here at home. 

It’s important to prepare and to follow the guidelines of the CDC, the Governor’s office and the Washington State Department of Health. For students and staff at Seattle University, you can stay up to date about any changes via the university web page 

But it’s also important to take care of yourself, your health and your mental health. There comes a point where worrying is not helpful. The CDC recommends the following steps you can do to support yourself: 

  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19. 
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise and get outside, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs. 
  • Remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. 
  • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships. 
  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking. 

It’s hard to focus on daily things like school and work but it’s important to do. And it’s important to make plans. Students should continue to make progress toward graduation. There’s comfort in controlling the things you can control, and the staff and faculty at Seattle U are there for you, supporting you virtually for the remainder of the year.