Self care

Self-care tips

Here are some tips that you may find helpful. Not all of these tips will work for everyone, but you may be be able to pick a few that work for you and your situation. Have some of your own tips that you'd like to share? Fill out the Share your experience! form to let us know!


Take care of yourself


Stay organized to minimize stress

  • Check Canvas regularly for updates to your courses. Set your Canvas notifications to make sure you’re getting email updates and download the Boost app to your smartphone.
  • Schedule specific times each day to dedicate to studying and participating in classes.
  • Reach out to your instructor with questions about coursework. See the section on Staying Connected for tips on communicating with instructors.
  • Be careful not to fall for inaccurate information while working online. Study up on information literacy to make sure your facts are accurate.
  • See the Staying Connected page for tips on communicating with instructors.

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Spot the signs of crisis

During this especially difficult time, your peers and loved ones may be struggling. Here are some signs that your friends may be in crisis:

  • Neglect of personal hygiene.
  • Dramatic change in sleep habits, such a sleeping more often or not sleeping well.
  • Weight gain or loss.
  • Decline in performance at work or school.
  • Pronounced changes in mood, such as irritability, anger, anxiety or sadness.
  • Withdrawal from routine activities and relationships.

If you notice the above changes in behavior:

  • Check in on your friend and lend an ear. Sometimes people just need someone to listen to them.
  • Connect them with campus mental health resources.
  • If you're still concerned, reach out to their loved ones and let them know you're concerned.
  • Encourage them to seek professional help by reaching out to their primary care doctor or therapist.
  • If you suspect a loved one is in danger of self-harm or suicide, do not wait to seek help. Call 911 or take them to the emergency room. Don't leave them alone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also a great resource, or call 1-800-273-TALK to speak to a skilled counselor.

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