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Mental Health Tips for Online Learning

For many students, the move away from campus and adjusting to online learning can pose a difficult challenge. We have created messaging with the help of our University partners that can provide some helpful tips for those at home who may need a little extra help.

In your posts, provide a link to our Safety blog post about this topic so students, faculty, and staff can find more information. We have created a shortened link that can be used as well: go.wvu.edu/uncertainty

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It's OK that you're a little uncertain of things right now – we all are. Focus on the elements you can control, like a daily routine, a fixed schedule, time for yourself, and deadlines with classwork and assignments.

Practice tolerating uncertainty

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It can be overwhelming seeing a whole list of the semester's deadlines and due-dates. Focus on keeping a practical daily to-do list of things you know you can achieve in the time you have. Read a chapter of a book? Check ✅. Finish the online quiz? Check ✅. Don't overwhelm yourself with a giant to-do list.

Make practical, daily to-do lists.

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Social and physical distancing doesn't mean you have to disconnect from your support network. Utilize the technology you have around. Have a group FaceTime call, Skype a classmate, or have a long call with family and friends.

Social distancing doesn't mean isolation. Stay in touch with family and friends.

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For those who may be spiritual, or take solace in religion, do your best to stay engaged with what works for you, too. 

If you are spiritual, stay engaged through prayer, meditation, study and reflection.

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We can be our own worst critics. It can be tempting to allow ourselves to critique things about ourselves. Focus on the positives, and realize you are more than any issues or flaws you may think you have. 

Practice self-compassion.

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Do not underestimate the benefits of good sleep, good nutrition, and good exercise. Though we may be stuck at home, maintaining a routine of all three can greatly improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Make sleep, good nutrition, and exercise priorities in your self-care routine.

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Even though we're all distancing ourselves from one another, we are all in this together. Don't be afraid to reach out to friends, family, or available WVU resources when you need support. This is a strange time and can affect us all differently.

Don't be afraid to reach out to others when you need support.

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Information overload is a very real thing. Don't stress yourself out reading the constant flood of tweets or watching news channels all day. Step back, put your phone down, and do something else. Allow your brain time to decompress.

Step away from constant news and put down your phone.

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We've compiled some helpful tips to help prevent the feelings of panic.

Use these tips to prevent feelings of panic.

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We are our own biggest critics. Allow yourself time to adjust to a whole new learning environment, and be nice to yourself. You got this.

Forgive yourself, and treat yourself kindly.

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