Due to COVID-19 we know many of you have lost your summer opportunity whether that was a job, internship, research, or volunteer experience. We know this loss is difficult and complicated because it may have put you in financial hardship, interrupted progress towards your academic goals, disrupted your career advancement, and just left you with nothing to do this summer. That is a lot.
We recommend taking some time to focus on self-care. Loss of a job or internship is stressful because of the loss of income and also because of the loss of sense of purpose and progress towards career and academic goals. Here are our top 10 favorite ways to practice self-care this summer:
- Create a gratitude list and jot down a list of things you are grateful for.
- Get out into nature for a short walk, bike ride, or find a quiet place to sit and let your mind wander.
- Meditate – Taking a few minutes to clear your mind of various stressors can be a great way to help you improve your focus and mental health.
- Read your favorite book, watch your favorite movie, or listen to your favorite album, or podcast.
- Dedicate time to a hobby (or find a new one) like drawing, dancing, writing, cooking – anything you can enjoy doing without feeling stressed.
- Get enough sleep – Studies show getting quality sleep on a regular basis can help improve all sorts of issues, from your blood sugar to your workouts.
- Watch a funny video – laughter can increase serotonin levels.
- Text or call a friend, family member, or loved one to have a conversation.
- Exercise – Research shows that exercise can relieve stress, improve your mood, and help you sleep better.
- Spend an hour technology free.
We encourage you to visit the Center for Wellness and Counseling’s site for additional self-care resources.
The Strommen Career and Internship Center is here to support you no matter the reason you lost a summer opportunity and we encourage you to make an appointment with us on Handshake and check out the resources available on our Community Moodle site.