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Prioritizing Well-Being

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Your Wellness is a Priority

We know the COVID-19 and racism pandemics caused and continue to cause much disruption. Availability of vaccines enables more interactions with one another with reduced risk of virus spread. Together, and through communicating our successes and challenges, we will work to find answers to questions and help you continue in your graduate studies.

 

Key Resources

Key resources you rely on to support your wellness on campus are great assets as we work to cope with stress and uncertainty. Check out the latest updates for the Counseling Center and Health Center. The campus sends regular emails to inform members of our campus where they can find a vaccine and lists current protocols.

Please also check out the list of resources from UMatter available at https://olemiss.box.com/s/2y6zp8dt44hnrt7mssrny6huv8lu3rt5 (the Health & Wellness and COVID-19 Hotlines sections list a number of other resources).  Grove Grocery remains open for members of the campus community. Graduate students can now access a second location, The Kitchen which is a few short steps from the Graduate House. In addition, as we experience rapid changes with the evolving risk, we want students to know about the Violence Prevention Program, which remains available for all students who have experienced any type of sexual violence (sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or stalking) before or during their time at UM.  During stressful times, PTSD symptoms can worsen.  In addition, intimate partner violence increases during times of stress and isolation.  If you have an emergency, please call 911.  If you’d like to talk with a confidential advocate, please call 662-915-1059 or email Shelli Poole (sapoole@olemiss.edu) to set up a phone or web session.  We can help you make a safety plan, be placed in a safe room or shelter, initiate a protection order, and provide academic and other support.

 

 

There continue to be excellent resources to help you stay current on local and national efforts to promote safety and wellness related to COVID-19.

Local, State, and National Resources

We recognize that our international community may have specific questions related to travel and Visa status. Check out the Office of Global Engagement COVID-19 Resources.

 

How Do I Reduce the Likelihood of Becoming Sick?

The widespread adoption of the vaccine is part of the national plan to combat the virus. The CDC provides answers to common questions about COVID-19 vaccination.

The CDC provides current updates related to COVID-19. Their website offers guidance to reduce the likelihood of getting sick through reducing exposure and practicing good hygiene. It is also important to know the symptoms most commonly associated with COVID-19.

 

What if I Feel Sick?

Guidance for students and employees of UM who feel ill can be found at the Office of the Provost webpage with Updates on COVID-19. It is important that you contact your health care provider and do not come to campus if you feel ill.

 

Managing Stress and Emotional Well-being

The disruption from our normal routine, uncertainty, trauma, and threats to health and well-being are evolving. The current progress in vaccine uptake and reduced spread of the virus are exciting but still constitute changes that can create an emotional strain. Taking steps to support our emotional well-being is critical.

Coping with Stress

All graduate students should be aware: help is available free of charge even if university facilities are not available. The National Grad Crisis-Line is staffed by trained counselors who understand unique grad struggles. 877-GRAD-HLP (877-472-3457) is a supplement to the existing mental health services on campus. For additional information, visit www.GradResources.org.

In addition to resources at the Counseling Center and the hotline above, there are some national resources available. A number of professional mental and behavioral health organizations are sharing their expertise for how we can best cope with the stress and emotional challenges caused by the racism and evolving COVID-19 pandemics.

The American Psychological Association (APA) offers some tips on promoting emotional wellness while expressing anger at the ways racism continues to impact members of our community in this article entitled, We Must Unmute.

Part of emotional well-being also means attending to your needs for self-care. Self-care includes things like adequate sleep, proper nutrition, and more. During times of stress, relaxation, movement and exercise can also offer emotional benefits that support self-care beyond their physical benefits. Now is a great time to test out a new app or use YouTube to find ways you can attend to your physical wellness at home, as you follow the advice of your physician.  The UM Assistant Director of the Department of Campus Recreation also suggests there are excellent ways to exercise while practicing social distancing for those who remain hesitant about in-person interactions.

Socialization

Graduate students can continue use tools like Zoom and Google Meet (attached to your GO account) to connect socially as they need. It is important to continue to nurture your needs for connection whether that be virtually (e.g., through a Netflix Party,* creating or joining a book club as described by one graduate student, virtual dinner with friends) or in person (with appropriate steps taken to decrease spread of the virus such as vaccination and following CDC recommendations, depending on current transmission rates and risk). For other ideas, check out this resource for creative ways to reach out.

Resources for Graduate Students who are Parents

We know many of our graduate students are also parents, working to support and help their children manage the stress associated with evolving situation. Magination Press has some video resources available for families to help children cope with a range of feelings.

For a selection of virtual, enrichment experiences that you can participate in from the comfort of your home, please check out this link https://www.brookdalecc.edu/student-life-activities/student-life-virtual-activities/.

Connect with Us

Don’t forget to like and follow the Graduate School at https://twitter.com/UnivMSGraduatehttps://www.facebook.com/UMsGradSchool/  and http://www.instagram.com/umgradschool.

*Netflix Party for Chrome extension lets you watch Netflix with friends in a chatroom https://www.netflixparty.com/

 

 

 

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