Loyola University Chicago

Wellness Center

Toolkit for Staying Well and Connected during COVID-19

The Wellness Center has put together some resources for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. On this page you can find mental health resources and mindfulness tips for students who are in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19. There are also links to some helpful and entertaining apps and websites to help you stay connected and entertained while in isolation. You can also find important information for different populations who are affected by this crisis on this page, as well as nutrition FAQs and craft ideas. Updated 1/2022

For current information on Loyola's COVID-19 policies and resources, visit Loyola's Health, Safety, and Well-being Update. 

Caring For Your Mental Health While in Isolation or Quarantine

You have probably been given a LOT of information about caring for your physical health now that you have been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19. It’s also important to care for your mental health. Here are some tips to help you manage feelings of isolation or loneliness that you may be experiencing.

 Some Quick Tips for Improved Health and Wellbeing

  • Do at least one pleasurable activity per day for yourself (binge something on Netflix, FaceTime with a friend/your support system, read a fun book, schedule a Zoom game night, make a new recipe, plan for what you will explore in the city when you are feeling better and able to interact with 
  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, and drink more
  • Sleep! Go to bed and wake up at regular times, even if you are tired in the morning. This routine can help regulate your sleep/wake cycles and help to improve your mood.
  • Avoid substances like drugs and alcohol. While they might provide some temporary relief, they will also worsen how you feel and can intensify your mood, and further compromise your immune system.
  • Focus on things that you can control! There is a lot that is outside of our control during these times
  • Limit consumption of news and social media if you find these are making you feel

Adopt a Gratitude Practice

 Science has shown how cultivating gratitude can make positive changes to our brain.

  • Consider starting a Gratitude Journal by listing 3 things you are grateful for at the end of each day or spending a bit more time reflecting on 5 things you are grateful for at the end of the week and what these things/people mean to you.
  • Alternatively, consider starting a Gratitude Jar...write something you are grateful for on a slip of paper and drop into the jar each day. At the end of the year, you’ll have 365 pieces of gratitude to review and make you smile!
  • Check out more about gratitude here: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/four_great_gratitude_strategies

 

Avoid Catastrophic Thinking

All of us fall into thinking traps at times, catastrophic thinking is one such trap. Catastrophic Thinking is when you find yourself playing out the worst-case scenario in your mind (“I’m not going to be able to make any friends now that I’ll have to quarantine. I’ll spend my entire college career alone”). Instead, try to notice that you’ve fallen into this thinking trap and try to see reality more clearly. Tips to help with catastrophic thinking: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/turning-straw-gold/201711/how-put-stop-catastrophic-thinking

 

If You Have Urgent Mental Health Concerns:

The Wellness Center is open Monday through Friday from 830am to 500pm. Call Dial-a-Nurse at 773-508-8883 and ask to speak to the first available mental health provider

 

If you are in crisis and the Wellness Center is closed, please contact:

·         The Wellness Center after hours at 773-508-2530 and Press Option 3

·         The Northwestern Memorial Crisis Line at 312-926-8100

·         Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

·         Call Campus Safety 773-508-6039, dial 911, or go to your nearest Emergency Room.

 

Consider registering for a virtual therapy group or workshop at the Wellness Center

https://www.luc.edu/wellness/mentalhealth/groupcounseling/

 

To talk with a mental health professional about individual therapy, you can schedule a 30 min. phone assessment through our online booking or by calling the Wellness Center at 773-508-2530 for assistance.

Entertainment

  • Worldwide Webcams: Watch webcams from around the world, from Abbey Road to a Las Vegas wedding chapel, to a senior dog sanctuary, to a volcano observatory
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: Watch live streams of many animals, including otters, jellyfish, penguins, and sharks.
  • Houseparty: An app to video chat with groups of people and play games together
  • TED-Ed: Free videos on many topics, including supplemental materials and discussion questions.

Exercise

  • YMCA360: Online classes from boot camp classes to low-impact programs

Mindfulness

  • MyLife: Short mindfulness activities tuned to your emotions
  • Buddhify: Meditation and Mindfulness App
  • Insight Timer: Free library of recorded meditations for a variety of topics
  • Mindfulness for Wellness: Free 8-session series developed by Dr. Louisa Sylvia at the Massachusetts General Hospital to assist in coping with stress associated with the pandemic

Population Specific Factsheets and Resources

Please see below for resources and information for different populations during this crisis. These resources are both national and Loyola specific. If you or a fellow student are overcoming serious personal difficulties, or don't know what to do, the Loyola's Center for Student Assistance and Advocacy offers Coordinated Assistance & Resource Education, or CARE. You can submit a CARE report for yourself or others HERE.  

 

Trans/LGBQ Populations

Students with Disabilities

Students with Housing/Food Insecurities

Students with Mental Health Concerns

Students in Recovery from Alcohol or Other Substances

Students with Children

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)

International Students

Undocumented Students

Students with Eating Disorders

Mental Health Resources 

Loyola's mental health staff put together some helpful infographics and facetsheets for students during COVID-19. check them out at Mental Health Infographics 

Visit Loyola's Mental Health Resources to learn about individual and group counseling options for students. 

The Wellness Center put together a list of FAQs students may have about nutrition during this time. Please see Nutrition FAQs. If you are interested in scheduling a visit with our dieitian, you can find more information under Appointments and Services.

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

The Wellness Society created this helpful workbook to help people manage their stress and anxiety during COVID-19. This free resource has information on anxiety and activities for students. It can be found at: Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

 

Craft Ideas for Quarantine

Don't let social distancing stifle your creativity! We put together some ideas of crafts you can do from your home. Check them out here: Craft Ideas for Quarantine