Corona – How do we deal with it? And how do we strengthen ourselves?

For most of us, the current period is a very stressful one: on top of our 'normal' problems, we're also experiencing a situation that none of us has experience with and for which there are no 'best practice examples' we can draw upon.

Since the beginning of the pandemic more than half a year ago, our most important basic needs have not been met: the feeling of being secure and having control over our lives, the desire for connection and social contact, and the need to be free. Instead we're facing uncertainty, are afraid, and are feeling helpless and in a permanent state of stress.

Different feelings can arise as a result. Often there is a feeling of powerlessness and helplessness, but there can also be anger, resentment and despair. This can lead to ongoing depression and lack of motivation. At this point, it is important to realise the following:

These are all normal reactions to a situation that is not normal.

So what can we do?

We are asking you as students: What is helping you get through this challenging time? What has possibly even changed for the better? Please feel free to send us the tips and experiences that you would like to share with your fellow students via studienberatung (@) haw-hamburg.de.

Some recommendations from us

Recognise

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Accept

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Stick together

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Structure helps

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Self-empowerment to counter powerlessness

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Mini-adventures to fight uncertainty

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Self-care

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