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We understand that having stay home can create stress, anxiety, and even depression. We hope that this information can help you, and others, maintain your sanity while at home.
 
If you are feeling cooped up, restless, lethargic, unmotivated, irritated, on edge for no apparent reason, and/or having difficulty concentrating on what is in front of you, you might be showing signs of cabin fever. To cope with cabin fever, first, stick with a routine.
 
Each day, wake up and do your normal morning routine. This can consist of making your bed, taking a shower, meditating, making breakfast, and even taking a walk. Second, make sure you are eating nutritious and healthy meals. If you need inspiration on what to make, we have you covered! Third, get some exercise! We have a plethora of different workouts and exercises for you to utilize. Lastly, get on a regular sleep schedule. Set a designated time you are going to wake up in the morning, and stick to that time each day. This will help keep a healthy routine and can improve your mental health.
 

This is a wonderful time to try something new, or do something that you have been procrastinating. Here are some examples of activities you can do while social distancing:

  • Have a picnic at home

  • Learn a new skill (YouTube is a great resource!)

  • Learn to speak a different language through apps or online tutorials

  • Try baking/cooking recipes from a different culture (Pinterest is a great resource!)

  • Redecorate or rearrange your furniture

  • Update your resume, LinkedIn account, etc.

  • Clean out your garage

  • Make a photo album/scrapbook

  • Deep clean your house

  • Make inventory of what you have in the refrigerator and your pantry

  • Read a book

  • Do a puzzle

  • Plant herbs, fruits/vegetables, flowers

  • Take up meditation

  • Get some alone time 

There are so many ways to stay busy while at home, but it is important to do things that bring you joy.

 
Being connected to friends and family can be difficult during this time. The most important thing to remember is to be open about your feelings. Allowing yourself to be open with your feelings and emotions will not only help you get things off your chest, but it will also bring you and your friends/family closer together.
 
Another tip is to write letters to family or someone else you love. We forget how intimate and special handwritten letters are now that we can FaceTime and call our loved ones. Learn how to address an envelope here. Our last tip is to schedule virtual hangout sessions with friends and families. Face to face interaction is very important during this time.

We hope you are all adjusting well to online classes and we hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Remember, the Cowboy Family looks out for each other! OSU offers a variety of mental health resources and trainings for students.

 

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