Originally posted on PhD Balance social media platforms on 06/07/2020.
Change. Panic. Frustration. Inefficiency. Isolation.
The COVID-19 pandemic turned our world upside down at the start of the year. Recent events of racial injustice have further shaken us, particularly our Black community. Crises like these exacerbate underlying mental health conditions and instigate new ones, as well as drive our communities even more apart.
As graduate students, we can’t focus. We feel lost during these times without our benchwork and regular classes, and some of us are unsupported and unheard by our institutions. As humans, physical and emotional isolation challenges us at a fundamental level.
By navigating these challenges today, we can be better prepared to walk through future crises.
Through the following four modules, you will learn how to cope with constantly-changing current events and embark on a 5-day guided meditation challenge. You'll establish and maintain daily routines that will support your mental, physical and emotional health.
By redefining productivity, you'll learn to set realistic, achievable goals. Lastly, you'll interact with others and share ideas for staying connected while isolated.
Sign up to our Stronger Together section here to access the modules on this month's topic: Mental Health During A Crises.