Emotional & Spiritual Support in Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As we navigate the changes that come with COVID-19, recall that times of uncertainty can be stressful. Everyone reacts differently, and that’s okay! Honor your experience and find support.

In this time, some reactions may include:

  • Fears, worry, and anxiety about your own health and wellness of loved ones
  • Concerns about access to care
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty making decisions and concentrating
  • Sadness and feeling powerless
  • Worsening of chronic health conditions
  • Social anxiety
  • Increased stress due to impacted resources, functioning of systems, and messaging
  • Disbelief and shock
  • Headaches, back pain, and stomach problems
  • Concerns about the future
  • Emotional numbing and apathy
  • Nightmares and reoccurring thoughts
  • Irritability and anger
  • Challenges navigating disruptions in your calendar or planned events

Consider: How is it Going with Your Body?

  • Drink water and get some rest.
  • Reflect: Is it time for some athletic activity? A walk outside? Yoga?
  • Recall the healing power of taking breaks for your body. Embrace the healing nature of mind-body-spirit awareness to bring some release and peace to your experience.
  • Consider limiting time on social media and the Internet. It’s okay to keep informed, and it's okay to take breaks.
  • Connect with friends, family, community members, and neighbors online, by phone/video, or in small groups.
  • Talk about what is on your heart and mind with a trusted mentor, friend, religious/spiritual care provider, or mental health care provider.

There Are Many Ways to Cope. Looking for Ideas?

  • Be thoughtful about your boundaries.
  • Read a book.
  • Try meditation and mindfulness. Some free, online options include:
  • Reflect: How can I keep inspired and restored during uncertain times?
  • Make space for creativity and humor.
  • Ask: What calls forth my joy? Listening or playing music? Creating art?
  • Consider reading inspiring words, poetry, or sacred texts.
  • Take time in nature.
  • Color, doodle, draw, or journal.
  • Work on a puzzle.
  • Play a video game.
  • Hold space for the impact of conversations: Does it help to talk about it? Does it help to have boundaries around the length of conversations related to COVID-19? What do you need?
  • Nurture self-compassion.
  • Talk to a loved one and/or reach out for support.
  • Cope in a collective way and find ways to interrupt xenophobia.

As we navigate this time as a community, honoring wellness can look different for each of us. Please call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 510.430.2111 if we can be of support, or Spiritual and Religious Life (SRL) at 510.430.3123 to speak with the Mills College chaplain.