- Associate Dean Suraiya Baluch
- Assistant Dean Cathleen Collins
- Senior Associate Dean Blanche Staton
Taking care of yourself and each otherSelf-care Tips
- Map it out Develop a new structured daily routine which includes time allotted to exercise, eating and sleeping as well as activities of daily living including showering and dressing. Discuss and set with your advisor(s) weekly or biweekly work goals and milestones.
- Fight isolation
- Maintain self-care practices
- Keep teletherapy appointments
- Get fresh air (e.g., walking around block, bike ride)
- Acknowledge your feelings. Start a written journal, and/or talk to loved ones
- Laugh! Watch comedies, movies, shows that bring you joy.
- Practice mindfulness – Sign up for Calm (sleep stories, meditations, etc.)
- Pump the brakes Set daily time limit for reading about COVID-19. Keep informed, not flooded with information.
Maintaining Mental Health During Coronavirus Pandemic Tips from The Steve Fund
- Create a sense of safety for yourself through a prevention approach. Keep your hands clean using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Choose a hands-free greeting instead of a handshake.
- Engage in self-care such as getting plenty of sleep. This will help you stay calm and grounded.
- Reduce media exposure if you find yourself on information overload which can trigger anxiety.
- Think of others. Focus on sharing information or resources with your fellow students, neighbors and friends who might need assistance with obtaining food and housing.
- Stay connected with people and keep in touch with your networks. Let people in your support system know if you need help. To access a culturally trained Crisis Text Line counselor, Text STEVE to 741741.
- Remain reality based on coronavirus using trusted sources of accurate, up-to-date information such as:
Additional Support during Covid-19
MIT@2:50 Pause your day for ten minutes of mindfulness with the MIT community. Offered every day during campus disruptions.
DAPER Wellbeats Virtual fitness offered to DAPER students and members will have FREE access to Wellbeats, an on-demand virtual fitness platform, through April 30. Wellbeats offers 30 channels and hundreds of virtual fitness classes with something for every age, stage, and ability. User-friendly features include filters and tutorials.
Online Support Group MIT Student Mental Health & Counseling Services is partnering with iHope Network to provide Managing Stress around Covid-19, a confidential web-based support group helping MIT students in managing their stress around Covid-19 related events. This series of confidential online groups will be free to all MIT students and will be available Mondays from 10-11 am and Thursdays from 6-7 pm during March and April. Recognizing signs of distress, healthy coping strategies to manage stress, practicing effective self-care, & ways of supporting MIT community will be discussed. Updated information on Covid-19 and resource sheets will also be shared. Facilitated by Xiaolu Hsi, PhD and Rachel Ganz, LICSW.
253-CALM As always, dial (617) 253-CALM at any time for a short, guided meditation to de-stress.For daily updates on resources, upcoming events, and interesting articles, connect with GradSupport through GradLink on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Both advisors and students may also find our brochure, Best Practices in Graduate Student Advising, a useful resource to build and maintain a healthy, rewarding and productive relationship. Community members may request the fold-out brochure from OGE. Visit the resources.mit.edu site to find additional information on a range of resources that are here to help you. MIT Graduate Assistance & Information Network (GAIN) is also available 24/7, providing confidential support for personalized services and referrals on legal, work/career, parenting, financial, home/daily living, and wellness. Call 844-MIT-GAIN (844-648-4246).