University of Houston-Victoria

COVID-19

Coronavirus Update March 31

Dear UHV Faculty, Staff and Students,

The information below includes tips on ways to deal with stress and anxiety during these uncertain times. The tips are provided by faculty members who are Licensed Professional Counselors in the UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development. I want to thank them for sharing these with the university community.

  1. Create a schedule that includes all your daily activities.
  2. Take breaks from social media and from watching, reading and listening to news stories. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting and increase anxiety.
  3. When feeling anxious, take deep breaths, stretch and meditate. Exercising, drinking plenty of water and having enough sleep helps reduce anxiety.
  4. Engage in creative activities that you enjoy such as cooking, gardening, home projects, art and writing.
  5. Enhance social connectedness by virtual talks. Avoid isolating yourself by talking to other people in similar situations like yours. Share your thoughts and hear what they have to say.
  6. While this is all new to everyone, be assured that the UHV administration, faculty and staff members are working toward your best interest.
  7. Understand that your feelings of anxiety are normal during these times. If emotional distress persists, talk to a mental health professional. Many counselors are now serving their clients through telehealth.
  8. Remember that this moment is a temporary phase, and it will pass. Our communities eventually will return to normal.
  9. Eat healthy to keep your body in top working order.
  10. Exercise reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, whether you are working out at home or taking a solo jog around the neighborhood.
  11. Practice relaxation therapy. Focusing on tensing and relaxing muscle groups can help you relax voluntarily when feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious.
  12. Let light in. For some people, increased exposure to light can improve symptoms of depression. If you can, open the shades and let more sunlight in, or set up your workstation facing a window.
  13. Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself with the same compassion you would a friend.
  14. Keep a wellness journal each day and see how long you can get your list.
  15. Create an environment that is intellectually stimulating and motivating (music in the background, aromatherapy, silence).
  16. Stand while working (this helps blood flow and burns calories).
  17. Have realistic expectations of your productivity.

Mental Health Resources:

UHV Counseling Center

Therapy Assistance Online

Other Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Prevent Getting Sick

There also are many resources on UHV’s coronavirus webpages, and I want to encourage everyone to keep checking there since updates are made daily.

Sincerely,
Bob Glenn