Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, and the current concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, may cause some to feel higher levels of stress and anxiety than normal. Whether you are feeling anxiety related to COVID-19 or are experiencing other life events that are emotionally challenging, CALS has a service to help. No-cost life management counseling is now available for undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Ryan Daily, a licensed professional counselor, provides confidential counseling designed to assist CALS students in reaching your educational and life goals.
Ryan will work with you to address concerns including:
- Stress and anxiety
- Low self-esteem
- Adjustment to college
- Sleeping problems
- Grief and loss
- Life transitions
- Gender identity
- Interpersonal and relationship challenges
- Sexual identity
- Time management
- Low academic performance
- Difficulties with maintaining emotional wellbeing
How to Schedule an Appointment
Due to COVID-19 concerns, in-person counseling sessions are not currently available, but you are encouraged to meet with Ryan using the audio/video platform Zoom:
- Students currently receiving direct counseling support from a life management counselor may continue to keep their appointment via telehealth by using the audio/video platform Zoom. Please email Ryan Daily directly for the scheduling link.
- Students wanting to schedule an initial appointment with a life management counselor, but who feel they are OK to wait until in-person services resume are asked to wait until in-person services resume.
- If students feel that they need to have an initial appointment with a life management counselor before in-person services resume, please email Ryan Daily to discuss options.
- Life management counselors will remain available for faculty/staff consultation. Please email Ryan Daily directly with questions or concerns.
- Email and telehealth consultations are not appropriate for emergencies. If there is an emergency, please contact 911 or consider the following resources:
- University of Arizona Counseling and Psychological Services: 520-621-3334
- Pima County Community Crisis Line: 520-622-6000
- Crisis text line: Text HOME to 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255
Coping with COVID-19 Related Stress
Maintain a healthy routine: Take care of your body. It is important to maintain a regular schedule for sleeping, eating, studying, working, etc. Don't use smoking, alcohol, or other drugs to cope with your stress. (This may reduce your body's capacity to heal itself)
Pay attention to your reactions: It is normal to experience stress, anxiety, anger, and fear during a crisis. Increasing your awareness can help you decide what you need to cope with these reactions. Remind yourself that strong feelings will fade.
Limit information. Be informed and mindful. Too much information leads to overload so consider limiting your exposure to news (no, you don't have to hit refresh every minute on your Twitter account). Choose a reputable and non-sensational news source such as CDC for updates.
Take a break and relax: Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories. Build in time to do things you enjoy. Listen to music. Exercise. Meditate. Different coping strategies work for different people... use what has worked for you in previous times of stress.
Connect with others: When in distress, you may feel lonely and isolated in what you are going through. Call someone. FaceTime. Connect. You can benefit from connection with others where you can share your concerns and receive support from each other. Talk with your friends and family.
Be kind: Remember we are all being impacted and trying to manage stress. COVID-19 does not recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity. Being compassionate is key in taking care of ourselves and our community. Maintain a sense of hope positive thinking.
Contact Life Management Counselor Ryan Daily
Forbes Building 209
Download Ryan's guide to Reduce Stress by Creating a Self-Care Plan