What kind of changes did COVID-19 make to college students? The start of the semester was postponed, various tests and certificate exams that were being prepared were cancelled, and the internship opportunities disappeared. It is said that the number of students visiting the counselling room has increased due to the uncertain future and COVID-19 depression. Some students may be worried about whether they are the only one who is having such a hard time at a time when it is difficult to even meet their classmate in person as the class is switched online.
In my case, I worried about myself to stay alone in Vancouver, so I adopted a dog from Korea when I came back. Here are the resolutions that I want to suggest for people who suffer from Covid Depression.
- Seeking expert advice: Heath and conselling at SFU offers many services to support your mental health and well-being, so that you can reach your goals while at university, you can visit https://www.sfu.ca/students/health/get-support.html to book an appointment to speak with a registered clinical counsellors or registered psychologists. As an alternative, seeing your family doctor can provide a number of resources and information.
- Set a goal and reward yourself: Consistently implementing and brainstorming goals within your daily routine positively associates these habits in your mind by triggering these types of behaviour, hopefully leading into a daily routine. Thus, the small reward after acccomplishing your goal would be used as motivation.
- Self care: Implementing acts of service for yourself can be greatly beneficial in managing stress, increasing your energy, and improving mental and emotional health overall. For instance, these acts of service can be working out, meditation, going for a walk, implementing a sleeping routine. Self-care allows you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself so that you can better relate to others.
- Surrounding yourself with people rooting for our success: It’s very easy to feel elements of isolation during a global pandemic. If you communicate and empathize with people you can trust, it’s half the pain. Spending time with friends and family is a way to maximize our positive circles and minimize the negativity in increasing morale.