Isolation and Quarantine Wellness

Quarantine and isolation are not easy. Your emotional, physical, and social wellness are important and may be challenged in ways you've never experienced. Below are some tips and resources to help you maintain your well-being during quarantine or isolation. If you have more questions that are not addressed on this page, please reach out to us by using the Ask a Wellness Question form.

Staying Emotionally Well

You may be experiencing a range of emotions while in quarantine or isolation. Everything from grief to fear to loneliness and more. Below are some resources available to help you check in with your emotions and to take care of your emotional well-being.

  • TAO is a free, confidential online platform with a suite of evidence based tools to help you live your best life. TAO's tools include educational modules on a variety of topics, a mindfulness library with exercises to practice, and self assessment tools to track your progress.
  • Counseling Service provides a variety of services including groups. Call 563-387-1375 or email [email protected] to find out more.
  • Crisis Text Online provides help when dealing with COVID-19 by offering free mental health texting service through confidential crisis intervention via SMS message.
  • Luther students can visit the Luther College Counseling Service website to view other self-help resources and visit the CDC website to learn the best ways to navigate stress during this challenging time. Counseling Service also provides crisis resources that offer help in the time of crisis or emergency.
  • Ask for help. Whether it's having someone bring you a book you left behind or bringing you a favorite food that can't be found on campus, advocate for what you need and reach out for help from a peer when you need it.
  • This first step in coping with distress is recognizing the potential signs that you are experiencing it. Here are some common signs of distress in response to COVID-19 as well as resources for support.

Staying Physically Well

Maintaining your physical well-being in a new environment and while following precautions that may limit your ability go outside and follow usual routines can be challenging. Below are a few tips for navigating these experiences and setting up a routine for sleep, exercise, and nutrition. 

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine and experiencing any symptoms, please communicate with your healthcare provider before engaging in any physical activity.

  • Health and Wellness Coaching is available to all students and can help you set health and wellness goals, identify next steps, and provide resources.
  • CStore - You can place orders for items available at the C-Store to be delivered with your meals.
    • Choose items that will help you feel satisfied, provide energy, and support your immune system without high amounts of added sugars. Some good choices may be milk, muscle milk/protein shake, vitamin water, or naked juice for drinks.  For food items look to order choices such as granola or protein bars, peanut butter crackers, popcorn, chex mix, or trail mix.
  • Make time for movement.
    • Restorative Yoga is open to all Luther students via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 PM. 
  • Practice good sleep hygiene including setting up a space separate from your bed to complete schoolwork or to lounge and relax.
  • Continue to follow your pre-quarantine routine as much as possible. Get dressed everyday, practice regular hygiene, set regular sleep and wake times, and maintain boundaries around screen time and social media.

Staying Socially Well

Social wellness is about the relationships we have with others. Being physically removed from our friends, peers, family, and romantic partners can make maintaining these relationships difficult. Below are some ideas to sustain and nurture these relationships.

  • Zoom Quarantine and Isolation Drop-In is for anyone currently in isolation or quarantine wanting to connect with others going through the same experience. Drop-In is from 4 - 5 PM daily. Use the Zoom link and password 585283 to join.
  • Set intentional times to call or FaceTime loved ones. By scheduling it, you and the other person will have dedicated time to focus on your connection.
  • Participate in SAC virtual events to connect with students across campus or set up your own virtual event with friends.