It’s easy to plan ahead for the things we foresee. It’s not always easy to handle the unexpected. But we believe planning for the unexpected should always be a part of our plan.
Here are some tips on how to remain balanced during uncertain times.
- Control How Much Media You Consume: When we are feeling overwhelmed or worried our brains can gravitate towards negative news. While it’s great to be informed you don’t need to be glued to the tv, or social media at all times. What you feel is largely informed by what you are consuming. Stay informed but don’t feel the need to be immersed. Find trustworthy sources of information and stick to those.
- Keep As Many Routines As You Can: Sounds counterintuitive but if our surroundings are filled with uncertainty we can do what we can to build systems and routines into our lives. If you can’t attend the gym like you used to then workout at home instead.
- Find A Creative Outlet: Creation is for everyone. Cooking, knitting, or even coloring can be a great way to relieve stress and keep your mind occupied. Some of our best ideas come during times of uncertainty. You can also immerse yourself in a great book!
- Get Outside Help: Talking to a counselor, faith leader, or even a trusted friend can help you ventilate your feelings or brainstorm solutions. If you are concerned about your academic success you can reach out to your advisor via email or call us 213.477.2868
- Think About the Things That Are Within Your Control: Worry and anxiety can take hold of our minds if we are constantly focused on the things we cannot control. There are always things we can do to help others and things we can do to address what is worrying us.
Please note if you need mental health assistance in Los Angeles County please contact: (800) 854-7771
Additional helplines and resources:
- Crisis Text Line: Text LA to 741741
Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free crisis support via text message.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects you with a crisis center closest to your location. Your call will be answered confidentially by a trained crisis worker who will listen empathetically, work to ensure that you feel safe, and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area.
- Disaster Distress Helpline: (800) 985-5990
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
- 211 LA County: Dial 2-1-1 within Los Angeles County
211 LA County is the hub for all types of health, human and social services in Los Angeles County, providing callers with information and referrals to the services that best meet their needs.
- If you are having a psychiatric emergency please call 9/11.