It's OK to not be OK right now.
This situation can often be scary and sad and just plain awful.
Anyone- students, staff, faculty- can benefit from additional support.
Please know that we are here for you. Case Western Reserve is here for you. And, please be there for each other (which may lift your spirits, too).
We list the resources below to supplement the staff support being provided within the CWRU community. We hope you find an article that helps you make meaning, and app that brings you calm, or maybe just a site that provides a welcome distraction.
First, though, always remember: If you are feeling particularly anxious or overwhelmed, you can reach a counselor 24/7:
Benefits-eligible faculty or staff members contact IMPACT SOLUTIONS at 1.800.227.6007. IMPACT solutions is a confidential and free counseling and referral program for benefits-eligible employees. To learn more, visit the CWRU Human Resources website.
Resources for Coping
- How to Cope with Staying at Home
- Grief Resources
- Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus from American Psychological Association
- Tips for Managing Stress and Worries- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- University Counseling Services Guided Meditation
- Join the Love is Louder "Telling Our Stories" Project
- Eating Disorder Virtual Support Groups offered through The Eating Disorder Foundation
- Mindful.org is a comprehensive site on mindfulness
- Journal Your Feelings- A 30 Day Guided Journey
- Join the Active Minds Student Slack Network
Resources to Connect with Others
Virtual CWRU Events
- Check the CWRU Campus Groups Calendar of Events for many events happening by student organizations, departments and offices! It will be updated regularly with new events!
- University Health & Counseling Services will be holding Virtual Workshops throughout the month, check our Campus Groups Page for updates!
Community Virtual Resources
- Google Arts & Culture provides free virtual museum tours, concerts, travel and more!
- Adult Coloring and Color Our Collection
- Already have Netflix? If so, you can enjoy movies with friends/ family anywhere with Netflix Party
- Down Dog Yoga is offering free virtual yoga classes through its app
- Cleveland Metroparks offers virtual classroom three times a day
- Attend an Active Minds Webinar
Other Steps You Can Take
- Take care of your mind. Constant searching, scrolling or consumption of coronavirus news can make students feel more anxious and afraid. Take breaks from media.
- Reach out to others. Reach out to others and offer support, empathy information and, if possible, tangible help. Stay connected using technology such as video chat, Zoom group calls, and cellphone texting and conversations. Personal relationships are crucial in maintaining perspective and elevating mood.
- Increase your feel-good activities. Whether mindfulness, talking to your friends and family members, going for walks, journaling, or watching Netflix, now is the time to increase positive experiences in your daily schedule. For a quick stress reliever, University Health and Counseling Services offers free guided meditations.
- Take care of your body. Eating healthy meals, exercising, getting at least seven hours of sleep a night, and limiting your alcohol consumption can help your immune system. Even while maintaining a safe distance from other people, you can still go outside! Regular exercise can reduce anxiety.
If You Have to Self Isolate
- Anxiety, worry, or fear related to your own health status
- Concern about effectively managing your life demands while choosing to isolate for your own safety and safety of others
- Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) and loneliness associated with feeling cut off from the world and from friends and family
- Stigmatized or singled-out
- Anger and frustration because you may not be able to work or engage in regular day-to-day activities
- Uncertainty or ambivalence about the situation
Also common, but worth considering a call to counseling for help:
- A desire to use unhealthy coping behaviors that interfere with normal sleeping, eating, and self-care behaviors such as excessive late nights, over-eating, and excessive use of substances.
- Symptoms of depression, such as feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, or sleeping too little or too much.
- Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), such as intrusive distressing memories, flashbacks (reliving the event), nightmares, changes in thoughts and mood, and being easily startled
- Stay connected daily
- Ask about how the other person is doing
- Note that feelings of anger, frustration, and/or worry are absolutely normal
- Don't try to fix these feelings while also reminding them that you care about them and that this will pass
- Remind them to engage in healthy routines such as regular sleep patterns, eating healthy, and adding variety to their daily activities.
- Stay positive
Common Reactions including feeling singled out and worried about how others may view and interact with you. We recommend:
- Talking to others about your experience and how you are feeling
- Re-engaging in your daily routine: go to class, exercise, study, reconnect with others, etc...
- Seeking help if you feel distressed, anxious, depressed, and/or are having difficulty sleeping
- Ask about the experience and feelings now
- Express support and empathy
- Suggest healthy routines such as regular sleep patterns, eating healthy, and engaging in more or other daily activities
- Stay positive
And again, always remember, you can reach a counselor 24/7.
Benefits-eligible faculty or staff members should contact IMPACT Solutions at 1.800.227.6007. IMPACT Solutions is a confidential and free counseling and referral program for benefits-eligible employees. To learn more, visit the CWRU Human Resources website.