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A Mental Health Game Plan for College Students and FamiliesRob Danzman, MS, NCC, LCMHC
With many campuses doing contact tracing in order to control outbreaks of COVID-19, your student may be required to isolate in their room after being exposed to someone who's tested positive for the virus. They may even test positive themselves and experience a (hopefully mild) case.
Here are some things to make sure they have on hand to get through quarantine!
Microwavable meals (frozen or otherwise)
Water or electrolyte drinks
Disinfectant wipes or spray
Being sick is truly the worst, and it makes all of us desperate for any source of comfort. Though there are many over-the-counter remedies that can alleviate symptoms, nostalgic comfort can go a long way too!
Consider what makes your student feel the most at home — things like fluffy blankets, heated blankets or even a personal massager may help a lot. It can be as simple as their favorite canned soup or tea, or even just hearing your voice over the phone. Here are some of my favorites when I’m sick:
Of course quarantining, while necessary, can be incredibly boring. Being stuck in a room alone can get to anyone, and your student may find themselves hard pressed for entertainment.
Depending on how they’re feeling, it may be that some of their usual activities are a bit too strenuous for them. It’s important that they take this time to rest and recover, but they can always binge movies, read or enjoy some of their usual indoor hobbies. We have suggestions for a little of everything whether your student is looking for a new TV show, movie, book or online game.
Most importantly, make sure you both set aside some time to call and check in with one another, to help prevent loneliness (and worry)!
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Help your student take the best possible care of themselves and get support when they need it.