Students today are experiencing a range of emotions and anxiety due to college life as a result of the pandemic. Many colleges have moved to online learning and even the ones who are providing in-person classes, there are changes and restrictions to life as we know it. Attendance at sporting events has been restricted or totally shut down, clubs and activities are conducting many of their meetings remotely, restaurants and bars have limited options, and many on-campus programming events were canceled (orientation, parents weekend, reunions). What have been some of the psychological impacts, positive and negative, on college students as a result of the pandemic and how can we help students to prep mentally and physically for 2021. Jed Applerouth joins us to share some ways students and parents can destress, recalibrate our lives for greater balance, and create a healthier environment to live, work, and learn.
- The power of cognitive reframing
- Regulating our environments
- Setting good boundaries as learning is more
- Freedom to focus or freedom to flounder
- Do you have the skills and resources and if not can you expand, increase or expand them to make you more effective
- The importance of staying connected and engaged
- Think about – self-regulating, self-motivating, and establishing good habits to create a more effective and healthy environment
- Improving coping skills to strengthen life skills
- Create healthy relationships and repor with your professors
- Learn from our challenges, mistakes, and “failures” so we can grow stronger
- Helping others is another way to create meaning and develop life skills
- Best study habits – the importance of self-testing, generate errors, space studying out over the course of several days, structure social, taking breaks, getting enough sleep, and nutrition
- Self-parenting during this time
Important Resources and Links:
Books: A Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankel
iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Meet Jed Applerouth
Jed Applerouth is the founder and President of Applerouth Tutoring Services. A Nationally Certified Counselor with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology Jed Applerouth has researched student cognition, memory, motivation, and learning strategies to enhance the pedagogical strategies at Applerouth. A trained artist, Jed merges his counseling and educational insights with his visual talents and humor to create original and effective instructional materials.
Thank you Jed for a truly rich and insightful conversation on ways we can create healthy environments whether it is in or outside of a classroom, our work environment, or home. So many of the concepts we discussed are applicable to how we can take control of our current situation by creating healthy habits, instilling rules to change our behavior, using cognitive reframing and self-regulation as a way to achieve success not only in the classroom but in work environments and in our home. Stay connected and engaged because as humans we need that – it is in our DNA. Reach out to your family, friends, classmates, and colleagues as now more than ever people are craving social interactions.