5 Ways to Care for Your Mental Health in Uncertain Times

Nebraska Wesleyan University Counseling Services offers individual therapy and mental health outreach programming for NWU students. We are committed to student mental health and are providing telehealth therapy services for current NWU students during the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Students should contact the Counseling Center at 402.465.2464 or counseling [at] nebrwesleyan.edu for more information.

Here are five ways you can tend to your mental health during uncertain times.

  1. Focus on Connection.
    We are hard-wired as humans to be in connection with others. Be sure that you are staying connected to your support team. With technology, there are so many ways to stay connected!
  2. Find the Familiar.
    With so much of the current environment feeling unfamiliar, it is important to engage in things that are familiar. Examples include relationships, hobbies, or self-care activities.
  3. Create Structure.
    Creating structure is an important element of finding what is familiar. Structure helps us cope by controlling what we can control.
  4. Allow Yourself to Grieve.
    We are collectively grieving many things right now, including the loss of normalcy, the loss of safety, and loss of connection. Acknowledge these feelings as grief and discuss your feelings of grief with trusted others.
  5. Find the Silver Linings.
    Practicing gratitude and appreciating the joys of a slower lifestyle can help us feel more resilient.

Be well! We look forward to seeing your student on campus this fall!

Kim Corner



Kim Corner (’98) is director of counseling services at Nebraska Wesleyan University.