SMC Director of Health & Wellbeing Susan Fila: Tips to Overcome Stress & Anxiety

SMC Director of Health & Wellbeing Susan Fila: Tips to Overcome Stress & Anxiety


Hi, I’m Susan Fila. Director of Health and
Wellbeing at Santa Monica College. Our lives have been disrupted by COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus. This is a time of stress and
anxiety for many of us. I want to talk briefly about the resources
SMC offers to help you get through this time and ways that you can manage feelings of fear and stress. Each of us react differently to stressful situations because each of our lives are unique. Anxiety, panic, and fear —
these are survival mechanisms. But learning how to manage these feelings will help make you stronger and then you will spread that strength and positivity to
your loved ones and to your communities. To SMC students, if you or someone you care about
are feeling overwhelmed with emotions, like depression or anxiety,
call our emotional support line. Students: Call 24/7 – (800) 691-6003 This line is available 24/7. SMC employees: Santa Monica College’s
EASE Program offers free face-to-face counseling, phone consultations for
anxiety, stress, and so much more. Call 1(800) 882-1341 Let’s talk a little about what stress due to uncertainty about coronavirus can look like. You might be worried about
your own health or for your loved ones. You might not be sleeping well. You might have a chronic health problem and
it’s getting worse. You might be abusing drugs or alcohol. Stress can really wear away at your wellbeing. Here are 4 ways to control
these feelings and center yourself. 1. Take breaks from looking at news stories
including social media. Seeing constant news alerts and
sensational headlines can be upsetting. Remember anxiety’s also contagious. Wash your hands with soap and water, stay home
when you’re sick, and practice social distancing. Keep at least 6 feet away from others. 2. Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, meditate,
try to eat healthy meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs. 3. Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities that you enjoy. And 4. Talk with people you trust
about how you’re feeling. Please know that Santa Monica College is here to support you during this time. We care about your well-being and hope to see
a healthy you on campus in the near future. More tips on managing stress are coming
to your SMC email inbox and check out smc.edu/healthandwellbeing and smc.edu/coronavirus for more resources.

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