Caring for Your Mental Self

In a post-COVID world, student mental health is imperative.
BY: Sarah Hummel

An especially important component of undergraduate instruction in a Post-COVID world is the student emotional quotient. Instructors today find themselves working with students who are navigating anxiety, fear, worry, and pressure either imagined or truly existing. In order to have the best opportunity to work with students who are ready to learn and engage fully with the material each class, we incorporate spiritual mindfulness. As our courses progress, we encourage students to use their own techniques to prepare their minds for learning each day. In our spiritual mindfulness, I heavily utilize the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount (found in Matthew 5 – 7). It is very healthy to focus on the things that Jesus asked us to focus on and to remind ourselves what this life is all about and why we want to lead. I typically pass out eucalyptus sashe’s for each student to have one and at the start of class we close our eyes, focus on our breath, and focus on the Beatitudes, some of the Sermon on the Mount, and a prayer of dedicating our time to our education, our leadership development, our purpose in Christ, and each other.