If you are a student at Southern Arkansas University and the stresses are getting to you during the COVID-19 outbreak, you are not alone. SAU's professional counselors are there to help you through this.

During this time of social distancing, welcome to video counselling. Appointments are easy to set up, simply call Rhonda Basinger at 870-235-4911 during regular business hours, 8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday and she will get you scheduled. Then a therapist will video chat with you at your scheduled time.

If any emergencies occur after hours, students need to contact the University Police Department by calling 870-235-4100.

During this odd time of working remotely here are some tips from the SAU Press Release they recommend for students or anyone working from home:

  • Make sure you have a dedicated workspace. Arrange the equipment and tools you need (laptop, chargers, phone, etc.)
  • Get up at your regular time in the morning and follow a routine – take a shower, get dressed, and have a breakfast. Though it may be tempting to work in your pajamas, you may find yourself feeling less motivated to work and more inclined to take a nap.
  • Take a walk around the neighborhood to get out of being-at-home mode and into work mode (while maintaining social distance).
  • Find a video platform that will enable to you maintain social interaction at home. Many are available, including Zoom, Skype, WebEx, and Slack. Use video or chat to ask your teammates for help when you need it. The ability to ask for help is crucial for your mental health as well as your ability to do your job.
  • In order to stay informed, schedule for yourself a 15-minute news check twice a day. This can allow you to keep up with the latest developments without reducing your productivity or increasing anxiety.
  • Schedule mental health breaks – time for lunch, and shorter breaks throughout the day to walk or meditate. This will provide greater energy and ability to focus.

Above all say the experts, do not neglect your mental health if you need help ask for it. Remember, you are not alone.

 

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