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Opinion: Spring semester a time of growth

(Graphic by Francisco Wang Yu)

Welcome back, students—we hope you’re finally settled in! This is our second edition of What’s Up Wellness, a column created by the Wellness Ambassadors to help you navigate life’s unpredictable twists and turns.

It’s been four weeks since the start of Spring 2022, and the changing reality of the pandemic has us all realizing that COVID-19 might be here longer than expected. We have a long way to go before getting some much-needed sun during spring break, and we understand that there are anxieties concerning the new Omicron variant in addition to managing academic stress.

Spring is a season of growth. With us entering year three of the pandemic, we have all experienced some level of growth. That being said, how can we utilize the new year to reach our goals, stay motivated, and cope with stress? 

Research shows that finding tools that promote social connection is the most helpful for caring for your mental health. Whether it’s through face-to-face interactions or virtually, connecting with friends, family, and pets is beneficial.

But what if you’re not motivated to push through this semester and are worried about the increase in COVID-19 cases on campus? First, it is important to recognize that we are still in a pandemic. Our productivity and motivation may not be at their best, and that’s okay. 

Instead of long to-do lists, try setting daily task goals. Keep track of assignments and engagements using a planner. This way, you won’t feel frazzled when a professor announces an upcoming deadline.

Even with all the COVID-19 precautions, illnesses, and health hazards may emerge. Therefore, staying proactive and maintaining an active daily routine can positively increase your mental health. 

As cold fronts sweep across Florida, many people are spending more time indoors. Wearing your masks in classrooms, residential areas, and other indoor venues will help reduce your exposure to COVID-19. Getting vaccinated will provide an extra layer of prevention. Don’t forget your booster!

Gyms on campus are open and a great way to get your recommended 30 minutes of physical activity. But for those looking for alternative methods of exercise, walking and even dancing are strengthening activities too.

Most importantly, extend grace to yourself. The pandemic has caused a great deal of stress and burnout. Be sure to relax and recharge throughout the semester—it’s necessary! Meditation, indulging in your favorite Netflix series on weekends, eating at your favorite brunch spot, and taking pics for Instagram are all ways you can practice self-care.

Please remember that there are resources and services available to students, such as Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and our Instagram page (@rollinswellness). These tools have information on wellness and will help you stay informed on campus mandates.

We hope these tips and reminders allow your spring semester to fly by with ease!

Well wishes from your favorite Wellness Ambassadors.

The opinions on this page do not necessarily reflect those of The Sandspur or Rollins College.

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