Going away to college is one of the biggest transitions that you will encounter in your life. You are on your own for the first time without a safety net things and people who are familiar to you. Sharing a space with a roommate; navigating your class schedule; figuring out how and when and where to eat; and finding new friends can all be extremely stressful things to manage.
On top of “typical” stress going away to college, you are now navigating the unprecented experience of attending school during a global pandemic. Whether you are a college freshman or a returning student, everyone is in the same boat of having no idea what to expect when you arrive in the fall.
Your anxiety is through the roof right now with all of the uncertainty.
You have a lot of questions: how often will we have to get tested for COVID? Will I get sick? How long will I be wearing a face mask? How will I meet people? There is a lot of unknown, and it is actually perfectly normal to be feeling overwhelmed with everything.
You may be familiar with anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges; or, you might be feeling some completely new emotions that are scary for you and your family. You might feel so stressed that you are constantly fighting the urge to break down.
Here’s the good news- we can work through this together, one step at a time.
We can break down the things that are causing you stress into manageable pieces and talk about the following:
- How to establish a routine that will help you adjust to a “new normal”
- Ways to remain calm in the face of stressful news reports
- Strategies for coping with feelings of panic or unrelenting worry thoughts
- Self-care habits to maintain optimal mental and physical health during this difficult time
- Processing the grief and loss of missed opportunities or traumas resulting from COVID-19
You will get through this, and I’ll help support you as you navigate the waves of change.
You may not know this yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself, endlessly. That’s your beauty.Lidia Yuknavitch