Coping with COVID-19 Related Stress and Anxiety

Resources and information for navigating a complex and challenging issue.
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Stay informed and utilize resources

Visit UW-Stout's COVID-19 page for the latest information and updates to university operations, course delivery, and services. This page is updated regularly.

Please consistently check your UW-Stout email. It's the official form of communication from the university to all students, staff, and faculty and will include timely updates related to COVID-19.

Quarantine/Isolation Support Group

You may be struggling or feeling disconnected during this challenging time. The UW-Stout Counseling Center is offering a support group to students in quarantine and isolation. You don’t have to be a client of the Center to participate; just join in on any of the days below that you would like. The group will allow an opportunity to connect with others in quarantine or isolation and provide wellness-based activities to help you find a happy place in a challenging time. 

Group Days and Times


Self-help resource for depression, anxiety, stress, sleep, and resilience for UW students and employees.

Staying Emotionally Well


Make time to take care of yourself. It is an uncertain time for everyone, including you. Remember to take it day by day and do the best you can to help yourself and others. Try some of the ideas below:

  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule
  • Exercise regularly
  • Keep a regular schedule, including meals, classes, study time, etc
  • Spend time outside, in nature
  • Practice deep breathing, relaxation, yoga, etc.
  • Maintain good nutrition and regular meals
  • Try to arrange ways to work from home and set up boundaries so you can maintain your personal time and space

Find ways to relax and decompress

Take time to unwind and relax. This is even more important to do during stressful times. Here are a few ideas for relaxing:

  • Take a long bath or shower
  • Spend time with your pet
  • Find ways to laugh
  • Do mindfulness activities
  • Get creative with art projects and crafts
  • Find a hobby
  • Journal

Connect with others

Connection with others is important to our well-being, particularly as this a time you and others may feel lonely or distressed. Find ways to connect while keeping yourself and others safe (current social distancing recommendations).

  • Call family and friends, including those you have not talked to in a while to reconnect
  • Stay connected to campus through email, social media, and online classroom activities
  • Spend time with significant others.
  • Virtually connect with friends (watch a TV show together, have a book club, play video games together)

Be mindful of Covid-19 overload and misinformation

While it may be helpful to stay in the know, limit the time you spend taking in Covid-19 news. It can be overwhelming due to the amount of information. Also, be mindful to check-out rumors for yourself by going to reputable sources.