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Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning Checklist

  • Dust, EVERYWHERE! 
  • Deep clean kitchen (oven, microwave, sink, & fridge) 
  • Vacuum, sweep, or mop floors 
  • Deep clean bathroom (shower, toilet, & sink) 
  • Wash sheets and pillowcases 
  • Clean and organize closet 
  • Clean windows and mirrors 
  • Organize junk drawers 

Tips to Save $$$

Tips to Save $$$

  • Lower your auto premium 
  • Cancel subscriptions and memberships you can’t use! 
  • Make homemade meals. If it’s within your budget, order from small businesses. 
  • Keep grocery shopping simple. Get the essentials and try to avoid impulse buys! 

Tips for Staying Positive

Tips for Staying Positive

  1. Practice Gratitude! - Make a list of things you’re grateful for.
  2. Keep Good Posture - A happy mind needs a happy body.
  3. Take Two Steps Forward.- Counter any negative thoughts with two positive ones!
  4. Crack a Smile! - It tricks your body into being more positive.
  5. Surround Yourself with Positive People. - You can still connect with family and friends, even if it’s only virtual.
  6. Do Something Kind! - Kindness is contagious, and we all need a little of it right now.

6 Ways to Become More Positive Today

Beware COVID-19 Phishing Emails

Beware COVID-19 Phishing Emails

  • Hackers are taking advantage of pandemic fears to steal your personal information! 
  • What’s a phishing scam? A phishing scam is an attempt to steal your personal information, such as usernames and passwords, by hackers posing as legitimate sources. 
  • What does a phishing scam look like? Posing as CSUN faculty with a job offer that is too good to be true. Posing as an organization requesting donations. Posing as the government and requesting banking information. Visit https://www.csun.edu/it/phishing-examples for more information. 
  • How to protect yourself from phishing scams Carefully inspect emails that look suspicious. DO NOT respond to emails that request personal information or click on suspicious links. Enable two-factor identification to strengthen security on your accounts. Stay informed with updates from CSUN IT. Report any suspected phishing to abuse@csun.edu. Visit https://www.csun.edu/it/security for more information and resources. 

How to Stay in Touch with Loved Ones

How to Stay in Touch with Loved Ones

  1. Schedule a virtual dinner date. Video chat with family and friends while cooking and eating meals. Try new recipes, talk about your day and take some time to just be together, virtually.
  2. Host an online movie night. Get a group of friends and chat while all watching the same movie. Use video chat or the Netflix party extension: https://www.netflixparty.com/
  3. Host an online book club. Invite your friends and family to read with you and use video chatting to discuss the book together.
  4. Schedule an online workout. Work out together virtually and increase your endorphins to make you feel better and reduce your stress.

10 Ideas to Beat Cabin Fever

10 Ideas to Beat Cabin Fever

  1. Read a book
  2. Start a new hobby
  3. Play a board game or cards
  4. Do a puzzle
  5. Do some spring cleaning
  6. Rearrange your furniture
  7. Try a new recipe
  8. Have a night of popcorn and movies
  9. Do a home improvement project
  10. Scrapbook

Online Learning Angst and Advice

Online Learning - Angst and Advice

  • Worried about concentrating? Keeping in contact with those away (text, calls, facetime) helps relieve some stress! Balance your studies with activities that will help keep stress levels down. 
  • Need some structure? To help meet deadlines and prioritize your assignments, utilize planners and checklists! 
  • Hate communicating through zoom/facetime? Miss the interaction you get in class? Utilize the tools in zoom that help copy an in-class session! Like the option to raise your hand or the chat function. 

More Tips for Online Learning

More Tips for Online Learning

  • Keep a planner! It’s easy to forget you have an obligation when you don’t physically have to be there, so write everything down! 
  • Schedule your time! Plan out an hour or so dedicated to each class every day, even when you don’t meet virtually. 
  • Write your notes on paper! This gives your eyes a break from the screen when taking notes and studying them. You also remember notes you physically wrote down better than when typed! 

Ways to Give Back to the Community

Ways to Give Back to the Community

  1. Donate to nonprofits helping to respond to COVID-19
  2. Donate blood! To help maintain a sufficient blood supply, make appointments with https://www.redcrossblood.org/
  3. Donate to your local food bank!
  4. Find ways to show gratitude for those on the front lines.
  5. Volunteer for organizations that are providing critical services in your community. Reach out to local charities and find out how you can volunteer safely at home. https://www.volunteermatch.org/covid19
  6. Use your voice to advocate for the individuals and organizations that need your help. Share information with your friends, including coping strategies and volunteer opportunities

Tips for Stress Management

Tips for Stress Management

  1. Take breaks! Make time to do activities you enjoy.
  2. Practice mindfulness. Meditation and yoga are great ways to reduce stress.
  3. Deep breathing. Sit in a relaxed position and take a deep breath in for 3 seconds. Pause. And release for 3 seconds. Repeat until you feel calm.
  4. Sleep and eat well! Good sleep and nutrition will give you more energy.
  5. Reach out. If you are struggling, reach out to loved ones or a professional. University Counseling Services are still available at this time.

Tips for CSUN Graduates

Tips for CSUN Graduates

  1. Graduation   Gather your friends and family on Zoom for a virtual commencement celebration.
  2. Support   Take advantage of CSUN’s University Counseling Services. (p.s. it’s free!)
  3. Financial Tips 
  • ​CSUN Matacare Grant   
  • Request bill payment postponements   
  • Reach out to your insurer   
  • Cancel unessential memberships and subscriptions  
  •  Budget expenses

How to Stay Motivated to Study

How to Stay Motivated to Study

  1. Create a study routine - Keep track of assignments and due dates so you know what to prioritize and set a plan to do the work throughout the week.
  2. Break the work down into manageable chunks - The work may seem overwhelming when thinking about the larger project at hand. Breaking the work into smaller tasks will help you feel less overwhelmed and more accomplished.
  3. Reward yourself when you complete task.
  4. Take a short break or do something enjoyable when you complete a set of tasks and then return back to work.
  5. Schedule breaks in between studying and work.
  6. Recharge and rest up so that you’re energized to learn and do homework.
  7. Remind yourself this won’t last forever - There’s a few weeks left in the semester. You can do this! We are all in this together!

Staying active during quarantine

Staying Active During Quarantine

OUTDOOR activities

  1. Walk/jog around your neighborhood (maintain distance of 6 feet apart).
  2. Go for a bike ride!
  3. Try out your green thumb! Do some gardening or lawnwork.
  4. Do a bodyweight workout in your yard! Or some yoga or stretching.
  5. Play active games with family or roommates!

INDOOR activities

  1. Do active chores, like sweeping the floor.
  2. Walk up and down your stairs to some music!
  3. Get up and walk around during commercials when watching TV.
  4. Do a bodyweight workout or yoga in your living room.
  5. Have a dance marathon and invite your family or roommates.

Student resources infographic

Student Resources

Food Pantries

  • Loaves and Fishes II - Van Nuys - 818-997-0943
  • MEND - Pacoima - 818-897-2443
  • First Baptist Church - Sylmar - 818-367-2362
  • St. Cyril's Catholic Church – Encino - 818-986-8234
  • The West Valley Food Pantry - Woodland Hills - 818-346-5554

Employment Resources

  • Chrysalis - 818-794-4200
  • Family Source Center - 818-786-4098
  • Work Source Center - 818-781-2522

Shelters

  • Tamar House - 818-505-0900
  • Haven Hills - 818-887-6589
  • Haven House - 323-681-2626

Transitional Housing Resources

  • US Mission - Canoga Park - 818-884-4409
  • Starting Over - Los Angeles - 951-898-0862

Grocery Shopping Tips

Grocery Shopping Tips

  1. Have separate “inside” and “outside” clothes
  2. Disinfect the grocery cart before using
  3. Wear a mask and gloves. *Make sure to dispose protective gear properly OR wash if reusable
  4. Keep 6-feet distance at the market.
  5. Back home, change into your “inside” clothes and throw away/wash your gloves and mask

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