April 7, 2020

The current health situation has affected all of us and yet none of us in the same way. If you’re looking for ways to help out or if you yourself need help, here are some resources for you. For all of the reasons to despair, there are an equal number of reasons to be more open and optimistic. Look for and be the good in the world, and take care of yourself more than usual.

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Don’t get caught up with so much screen time, rest your eyes by following these tips

• Be resourceful and check the internet for ways you can be of service to your community:

◦ Search per City: https://www.volunteermatch.org/covid19

◦ General Tips: https://www.idealist.org/en/careers/help-others-coronavirus

• Look for ways you or your school can safely be a resource for the medical profession right now by doing research and then contacting your school heads or professors. You’re more likely to be successful if you band together as an AIAS Chapter or an interdisciplinary group, and bring examples of where that work is already happening. Here’s one: https://inside.uncc.edu/news-features/2020-03-26/pitching-protection-3-d-printing-addresses-health-care-challenge

• And this is how architects and firms are working on meeting demand for masks and other supplies: Volunteering in the Coronavirus Era

• Spend virtual time with loved ones – During the school year, communication back home becomes limited with the amount of times that you are dedicating to your schoolwork and campus life, but now is the opportunity to spend it with family.

• Remember to get fresh air – Go for a walk if you can do so in a safe and healthy way and can still follow the CDC’s suggested social distancing practices.

• Most importantly, take care of yourself:

◦ Best Practices for Staying Well from the Health & Wellness Task Force

◦ CDC Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety

• Don’t watch the news all day – stay informed about your local guidelines and the global impact of COVID-19, but not by checking your newsfeeds over and over again. If your social media is full of negative content, then consider blocking or deleting apps from your phone.