Keep the Motivation Moving

  • Think about what you have accomplished in the past that you once thought impossible.  Yes, this situation is tough, but you are tougher.
  • Use the Cookie Jar Method (Sounds corny but was invented by David Groggins, a Navy Seal).  Think of all your past achievements.  Next, think of your past failures that you have overcome.  These are your "cookies".  Take a bite out of one of your cookies when you need that extra boost of energy to keep going in the face of an obstacle.
  • Remember the altruistic reason that you are quarantined - keeping others safe and helping to insure that the campus can stay open.

Put Some JOY in Your Day

  • Meditate on photos that capture positive events in your life.  Remember with all of your senses how you felt in that moment.
  • Stay in touch with friends and family via text, Skype, FaceTime, and be sure to include live chats with video.  Get caught up on what is going on with them.  This helps to get out of your own head.
  • Play.  Find an activity that you can do while in quarantine that gives you JOY - making art, coloring, playing an instrument...

Acceptance and Control

  • Accept what you cannot change.  The risk of infection is a reality and the best science we have to date affirms that quarantine, social distancing, wearing a mask and isolating those who are sick are our best defense.
  • Control what you can.  Cultivate an attitude of acceptance.  Structure your immediate environment for optimal physical and mental health.

Routine, Routine, Routine

  • Make a list of things that you want to accomplish and do at least one each day.
  • Sleep and Eat at regular times, and Exercise often.
  • The first don't !  Don't increase your use of alcohol or marijuana to cope.

Schedule a Remote Appointment with the Counseling Center

  • For additional emotional support call 518-783-2342 to meet with a counselor.
  • You can also contact Kate Kaufman Burns at to set up an appointment to check-in with a peer health educator.