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If you or someone you know needs help immediately, you should take one of the following actions:

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Call the Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)

Call 9-1-1

Contact your campus counseling center or other mental health professional

JED helps students stay balanced

Find Mindful Moments

As we all adjust to our new normal, it is also very normal to experience feelings of stress and anxiety, and also to get overwhelmed at times. When you make time for moments of mindfulness, you center your body on the present moment and concentrate your mind on regulating your feelings. An example of a simple mindful practice is to close your eyes and repeat a mantra for a minute to help quiet your mind.

Press Pause

It’s important to be patient with ourselves and others while we are staying in and physical distancing. Tension can be high and tempers can flare. If you start feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or angry, the best thing to do is step away from the situation and Press Pause. Taking a minute to regroup and recharge gives us better perspective so we can decide how to react, whether to react, and what to do next.

Take a Deep Breath

When we are feeling overwhelmed or get a burst of anxiety, our body often reacts by taking rapid, shallow breaths. Slowing and deepening the breath helps us feel more calm and gain a better perspective on the situation. Check out the video from Calm below for a short breathing exercise you can do anytime to destress, relax and recharge. Try doing a breathing exercise when you first wake up, before you go to bed at night, and anytime you are feeling overwhelmed.

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