Navigating Wellness During COVID-19

navigating wellness

Whether you're away from campus or staying close while practicing social distancing, being mindful of our health and wellness is still important. For accurate, up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit the CDC website and the Student Health Center website.

During this time, the most important thing is to ensure our bodies are healthy to fight off ANY illness. Using the dimensions of wellness, here are some ways to achieve this goal:

physical wellness

Get enough sleep! Seriously, aim for 7-9 hours every night. Limit alcohol and other substances as these can inhibit your immune system. Don’t get caught binging Netflix or playing video games for hours on end. Take this time to get your body moving by taking a walk outside or trying some yoga indoors. The Rec may be closed, but you can still check out the LUIndoor fitness classes on the Rec Sports website. Keep up on a balanced diet, focusing on fruits and vegetables (they have tons of vitamins and nutrients to fight off disease!). And finally stay hydrated!

intellectual wellness

Take a look around online. There are plenty of opportunities available for FREE right now. Museums and zoos are offering free virtual tours. Check out a TED talk or catch up on a podcast. The Metropolitan (Met) Opera is even streaming for free right now! Not everything has to be online though. Try reading a new book (no, not your textbook, although I suggest reading those too) or coloring and painting.

emotional wellness

Take some breaks from the news or social media, especially if you find these causing you some unnecessary anxiety. If you experience fear, anxiety, depression, or even general uncertainty, reach out for support. Currently the Student Health Center is still open for you to see our Medical or Counseling staff. Plus we have online resources students can utilize as well. On the flip side, offer support to your friends and family by asking how they are doing during these difficult times. Calm has also put together a page of free resources such as meditations, stories, music, talks and more for use to help mental and emotional wellness. In addition, the CDC has created a webpage to help cope with stress and anxiety during this difficult time. 

social wellness

Just because we are practicing social distancing doesn’t mean you need to cut ties with people. It’s even more important to remain connected now! When’s the last time you picked up your phone and called your friends or family members? You can even try video chats and online gaming, or even try Netflix Party so you and your friends can quarantine and chill. Social gatherings are acceptable if everyone is healthy, but keep them small (less than 10 people) to reduce the likelihood of spreading disease.

spiritual wellness

Find ways to connect with things that help you find meaning in life. This could mean attending church via streaming online, or finding mindful ways of staying in touch with your values and purpose.

occupational wellness

There’s a lot of transition to online learning and virtual classrooms right now to prevent the spread of disease. Stay tuned for more information from Lamar University for more details. The best way to find out this information is checking your LU email on a regular basis. If you need any assistance with this transition to online learning, please reach out to resources like the Disability Resource Center (DRC).

environmental wellness

If you’ve been caught germ handed and your dorm is still a mess, now is the time to clean and sanitize! For best practices in cleaning your home visit the CDC website. Also, stay away from crowded spaces; can you say “hello, great outdoors!” Speaking of the outdoors, now is a great time to go for a hike, spend some time with your pets on a walk, or go fishing. We are moving into spring and have been having some amazing weather.

financial wellness

We know and understand that there may be challenges in the coming weeks. Visit the LU Financial Aid website for updates during this time. For specific issues concerning your financial aid contact them via email at financialaid@lamar.edu. We also suggest checking out the LU Student Health 101 (now CampusWell) page for a variety of wellness information. You can subscribe to their emails or download the app.