Mental Well-Being During Uncertain Times

Student standing outside the Nampa Campus Academic Building
April 16, 2020

Mental well-being is more important now than ever as we are managing changes in our lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a LIVE WITH 5 interview this week Jodi Hickenlooper, Interim Assistant Director of Counseling Services at College of Western Idaho, provided the following advice and tips for maintaining mental well-being, normalcy, and balance during these uncertain times.

“What we are looking at right now is kind of unique in most of our lifetimes,” she said. “We’re dealing with a ton of unknowns right now – how long we’re going to be at home, unknowns with our financial situation, with our families, our health. On top of that, we have all these devices giving us information 24/7.”

To overcome any anxiety, stress, or worry we may be feeling, Hickenlooper suggests taking the following steps:

  • Develop a routine
  • Have a dedicated workspace
  • Practice self-care
  • Plan time to disconnect from devices
  • Stay socially connected despite physical distance
  • Get out – take a walk, go for a drive, change up the scenery, get some sunshine and fresh air
  • Share our emotions – this is a shared experience we are going through together

Counseling Services remains committed to helping students and has created several connection opportunities for those in need including:

  • Mindful Minute
  • Wellness Wednesday
  • Virtual Counseling Sessions

For event dates and times for these events as well as additional virtual engagement opportunities, visit Student Affairs online.

For additional information and resources or to make an appointment for a virtual counseling session, students are encouraged to visit Counseling Services online.

Watch the LIVE WITH 5 Interview