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Self-care resources

Dr. Karen Singleton

Dear MIT Students:

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming societal stressors and forces that negatively impact our mental, physical, and spiritual health as well as our sense of wellbeing and safety in the world. Please know that your mental health and wellbeing is our highest priority and Student Mental Health & Counseling Services includes a diverse and dedicated team of professionals committed to serving MIT students in culturally competent and affirming ways.

I encourage any student who is experiencing distress to call us at 617-253-2916. We are available Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. We can respond to any mental health-related inquiries or urgent concerns, connect you with one of our providers, or help match you with a mental health professional in the community. As always, clinicians are on call for emergencies 24 hours a day. We are thinking of you and committed to your wellbeing — please do not hesitate to reach out.

We encourage everyone to continue engaging in healthy self-care, and we look forward to connecting with you. Below are some resources, including podcasts, videos, and other resources to help MIT students navigating life at MIT.

Kind regards,
Karen Singleton, Ph.D.
Associate Medical Director; Chief of Student Mental Health & Counseling Services

Videos | Podcasts 

Videos

Dealing with exam anxiety

Senior Clinical Social Worker Leslie Langston offers advice for understanding and coping with exam anxiety and reducing stress using the mind/body connection.

Baking Bread with Tony Lim

Feeling stressed about everything that's going on in the world? Knead it out! Join Dr. Antonio Lim for a sourdough bread tutorial with stress management tips.

Fight, flight, or freeze with Dr. Daniel Debowy

Dr. Daniel Debowy discusses how the alert systems in our brains are activated by external stressors and offers guidance for managing our instinctual responses to these alerts, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: First-generation and financially stressed students

First-generation college students and students who are from financially stressed families face unique challenges as they navigate student life. Clinical Social Worker Leslie Langston discusses support services and resources available to MIT Students throughout the year, including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The importance of time: Staying engaged and focused during COVID-19

Dr. Daniel Debowy shares advice and resources for maintaining focus and concentration as we self-isolate during the COVID-19 situation.

Coping with COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Van Niel discusses strategies for coping with our emotional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and recognizing when one should reach out for support.

Stress management and COVID-19

Psychologist Nadia Damani-Khoja discusses strategies for stress management during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Increase your productivity during study sessions

Psychologist Maryam Khodadoust offers students tips for increasing the productivity of their study sessions.

Podcasts

Imposter Phenomenon

Maryam Khodadoust, Psy.D.
Imposter Phenomenon
Maryam Khodadoust, Psy.D.

Black Mental Health Matters

Leslie Langston, LICSW
Black Mental Health Matters
Leslie Langston, LICSW

Track it: Using Data for Self-Care

Digital detox and self-care

James Niels Rosenquist, M.D.
Digital detox and self-care
James Niels Rosenquist, M.D.

LGBTQ-centered care at MIT Medical

Jenny O'Brien, Ph.D.

LGBTQ-centered care at MIT Medical
Jenny O'Brien, Ph.D.

Why choose group therapy?

Sejal Patel, Psy.D.
Why choose group therapy?
Sejal Patel, Psy.D.

Mindfulness revisited

Erik Marks, LICSW
Mindfulness revisited
Erik Marks, LICSW

Antidepressants - FAQs

Anthony Van Niel, M.D.
Antidepressants - FAQs
Anthony Van Niel, M.D.

Perfectionism

Maryam Khodadoust, Psy.D.
Perfectionism
Maryam Khodadoust, Psy.D.

Hacking your potential: How to successfully work with challenges

Stress Management During the COVID-19 Crisis

Mindfulness and Self-Care for MIT Students

Strategies to Reduce Procrastination

Maryam Khodadoust, Psy.D.
Strategies to Reduce Procrastination
Maryam Khodadoust, Psy.D.

COVID-19: Food for Thought

Christina Brothers, L.I.C.S.W.
COVID-19: Food for Thought
Christina Brothers, L.I.C.S.W. 

CBT Strategies to Reduce Stress and Anxiety