Over the weekend, the Xavier Guidance Department and Campus Ministry will be emailing Xavier families a letter on the different ways to stay healthy as the country deals with the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The letter, which will be sent out by Director of Campus Mr. Peter Lyons (firstname.lastname@example.org), focuses on a variety of ways Xavier students and their family members can stay healthy intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
As the Xavier community continues to deal with the unprecedented outbreak and its impact, Xavier Guidance Counselors and Campus Ministers felt it was important to touch base and offer a few little bits of advice to get through this unprecedented situation.
The letter can be seen in full below.
If you have any questions, please email Mr. Lyons or one of the members of the Xavier Guidance Department.
We hope you are well, weathering the storm, staying ahead of the learning curve, and remaining patient with each other and our current situation. We're reaching out to share some practical ideas to stay healthy intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
*Although you are not in school, remember you are still going to school. Keep a routine; school is still on, just in a different format. Make your desk or dining room table your home base. Make it feel like a good place to do work.
*Continue to reach out to teachers if you are having trouble with class material or assignments.
*Consider spending some time reading for enjoyment. We read a lot for school, but reading for pleasure can be relaxing. Even if you commit to a few pages a day or a chapter a week, you will get through a book in no time.
*Since most of your time is in front of a screen, take a walk or run at lunch time. This is one of the advantages of being home during school hours. Ask a sibling or a parent to join you! Eat a good lunch and return to class.
*Try to avoid the pantry every 15 minutes; remember you are at school. The food and the screen will make you want to nap.
*Get regular exercise. Whether it's a walk, run, hike, bike ride, workout at home (think pushups and crunches if you don't have equipment), or some good old-fashioned yard work, exercise produces energy, both mentally and physically.
*When you have completed all 7 online classes for the day, take a break and visit with your friends...like you always do. Connect on social media in a positive way or text them. You need this time to be with your friends. Remember they are going through this as well. Build each other up. If you are worried about someone, email his guidance counselor or someone in campus ministry.
*Don't forget your family when it comes to social time. This is a great time to reconnect with parents and siblings through family dinner or movie night. Reach out to extended family – cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents – FaceTime, call, Skype, whatever works for you.
*Write a card or letter to someone. We've lost the art of letter writing, but not the enjoyment of knowing that someone is thinking of us when we receive mail.
*Take care of your physical and mental health. Right now we are all in the "honeymoon" phase because it is new and you are going to school in your pajamas. It may get old quickly. Your little brother running around may drive you nuts. Your parents asking over and over if you listened to your lessons may get annoying. You miss your friends. Find enjoyment in being with your family. This time together may never happen again. Play a "dumb" board game. Play cards. Remember when...
*Whatever you relationship with God might be at the moment, this is a good time to make it better through simple acts.
-Say a prayer every morning before you start school (see the daily e-mails with morning
-Continue to say Grace Before Meals, like we do before lunch every day in the dining
-Make a brief Examination of Conscience before going to bed (look back on your day and
ask yourself whether you lived your best life in terms of the decisions you made), then make an Act of Contrition, a prayer asking God's forgiveness.
-Pray as a family. This can be as simple as an Our Father before bedtime, Grace before dinner, or something more in-depth like a family Rosary.
-Read a few verses of the Bible every day and perhaps spend a few moments thinking about it.
-While Sunday Masses have been suspended, you can still watch online or on TV (see Br. Philip's e-mail).
The Guidance Counselors, Campus Ministers, and Pastoral Advisors are here for you. We are a phone call or an e-mail away!!!
Please reach out to any of us if you want to talk.
For more resources, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html