Staying Healthy While Sheltering in Place

By Megan Halpin

The Coronavirus pandemic has added uncertainty, stress, and financial hardship to many people’s lives. While most students don’t have to worry about paying a mortgage or feeding their children, many have been laid off and are facing the stress of having to take online classes, stay away from family and friends, and look for new job opportunities. In these times, it is more important than ever that we have the resources to help keep our physical and mental health on track. Below are a few of my favorite activities, resources, and tips to help students cope with COVID-19. 

Stress Management 

Oprah and Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience: Oprah and Deepak are offering their 21- day meditation program, “Hope in Uncertain Times”, for free on their app. Download the app and de-stress with meditation. 

Walks in Nature: find a path close to your house and try to make a habit of going for at least 

one walk a day. This break from technology in the fresh air will help with stress and feeling cooped- up at home. 

Maintain a regular sleep schedule: even though WFH means that you’ve lost some structure to your day, maintaining a regular sleep schedule can help days and nights feel more structured. A comfortable routine does wonder for stress and anxiety! 

Physical Wellness 

At-home workouts: a great way to de-stress and get your body moving, and the best part is that you can do these workouts in the comfort of your own home. Many yoga and fitness gyms are providing free online classes through Instagram LIVE, Youtube, or through training apps, including Corepower Yoga, Barry’s Bootcamp, and the Nike Training app. A walk, run or bike ride outside also does the trick and helps you get some fresh air in. 

Water Intake: Water removes toxins from the body that negatively impact the immune system, so make sure you are drinking enough water. Try and aim for eight glasses a day! 

Eat the Rainbow: Beautiful colors signal the presence of powerful health-preserving compounds. Give your body the nutrients it needs with colorful fruits and vegetables like peppers, carrots, spinach, and beets. 

Food and Cooking 

Recipe Resource: Online resources like provide a ton of easy, healthy recipes you can make with the things in your pantry to boost your immune system. 

Meal Prep Help: It’s easy to get lazy and opt for a microwaveable meal instead of cooking. Here are some tips from the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Nutrition blog on how to make planning and cooking faster, simpler and more cost-efficient.

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