COVID-19 Resources

Counseling Center

Emotional Wellness and COVID-19

We’re all likely experiencing stress from the lingering impacts of the COVID-19. For many of us, the Pandemic has caused experiences of trauma, grief, stress, anxiety, disconnection, and uncertainty. This page offers resources and ideas for maintaining wellness through this time.

Know mental health crisis support options. “COVID Cares” Support Services offers 20-minute phone support from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Disaster Distress Hotline, call (800) 985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746, Crisis Text Line, Text “MN” to 741741, or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call (800) 273-8255. We also have a new 24/7 Gustavus Student Crisis Line you can call at 507-933-7222.

Connect with a therapist. At this time the Counseling Center is offering in-person (with masking) and virtual services to support the needs of Gustavus students. Note that our licenses can limit the services we are able to offer individuals who are not within Minnesota state lines. If you are outside of Minnesota at this time, we are still happy to support you in locating mental health services in your area. Feel free to call us at 507-933-7027 for support.

Plan to manage external sources of stress. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has compiled a list of resources to find assistance in a number of issues--finances, student loans, food access, healthcare and insurance, legal support, employment, housing, internet/technology support, transportation, and utilities. For tips with how to navigate any difficulties with online learning, see this resource the Academic Support Center created.

Be careful of Covid-19 misinformation. Rumors abound about what’s open, what’s not, what’s closing, and so on. Check out rumors for yourself by going to reputable sources. Go to the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for correct information about the virus.

Our emotions reside in our bodies, so take good care of yours! 

  •  Maintain a regular sleep schedule—try to go to sleep and wake up at roughly the same time.
  •  Work towards maintaining good nutrition and regular meals.
  •  Be mindful of alcohol and caffine intake.
  •  Get some exercise!
  •  Spend some time in nature.
  •  Practice deep breathing, relaxation, yoga, Qigong. Not sure how to do these? YouTube can be very helpful for learning.
  •  Try taking up an activity that requires use of your body and mind, which can give you an emotional break: knitting, art, playing an instrument, etc.
  • For access to wellness resources, see this Healthy at Home guide.

Social distance does not mean social isolation. At various points over the last several months, we have been encouraged to practice social distancing to help curb the Pandemic. It is important to be intentional about how you can stay in touch with friends and loved ones during these times. We find Stanford University has a great list of resources addressing lonliness and connectivity during these times. If you're struggling to connect with peers, try QBuddy. This is a useful resource that allows people to connect with new friends and virtual social experiences while being socially distant. We also like this aricle on coping with loneliness during this pandemic.

Maintain a schedule and find variety in your day. Meals, classes, study time, relaxation time. Having a schedule helps us contain emotions and feel a sense of control. Use this template or a daily planner to create a weekly schedule for yourself. A lack of structure leaves us vulerable to stress, anxiety, and depression. Are you spending a lot of time in your dorm, take opportunities to get out of your room and change up your routine. Staying in the same space, doing the same things for too long (on top of social isolation) can create conditions that can trap a person in a depressive environment. Finding different study spaces on campus throughout the day or getteing some extra movement in your day can be helpful with breaking out of depressive environments.

Try yoga. YouTube can be your friend for finding guided yoga, regardless of what your level of yoga experience is. Here is a YouTube playlist with "Yoga for Uncertain Times".

Be resilient. Our Feel Better Fast and The ACT of Adjusting workshops provide excelent outlets to build new stress management and resiliency skills. Find more information about these on our Groups & Workshops page. The JED Foundation provides support and wellness tips for this unique time in history. The JED Foundation has also created the Love is Louder project, which provides ideas on how young adults can staying engaged and creative during this time. Larry Long, Jr. PhD, LP from the University of Kansas Medical Center created a helpful presentation on this topic, Coping with COVID-19: Resiliency while socially distant. 

For further support, look through our "Resources" in the left margin menu on this page. We also have a list of "Helpful Handouts" for students at the bottom of this list. We also highly recommend Learn to Live (code: Gustavus), which is free for all students. This program is full of useful tips and information during times of stress and uncertainty.

Other Helpful Resources:

Addressing Anti-Asian Racism in the COVID-19 Pandemic
This document contains resources for individuals who have experienced anti-Asian racism during this pandemic as well as anti-racist education for allies. This resrouce was compiled by Heather Wong Bailey, Psy.D. and Chonlada Jarukitisakul, Ph.D. at Brown University. 

Futures Without Violence
 Support for surviors of domestic violence during COVID-19

Vector Solutions Coronavirus (COVID-19) 103: Managing Stress and Anxiety

Mental Health Crisis Response Numbers Across Minnesota

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
 Coronavirus Resource Library

American Psychological Association (APA)
 Pandemic Resource Page

American Psychiatric Association (APA)
 Coronavirus Information Hub

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
 Stress and Coping

American Public Health Association

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

NAACP: COVID-19 and Impact on Communities of Color

Teaching Tolerance: How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism

Brené Brown Podcasts