We know this extraordinary event will require us to come together to be supportive and thoughtful. Wellness and Work-Life is working hard to offer support and guidance during these uncertain times. Changes affecting our personal and work lives can be overwhelming. Here are some resources to help you cope:
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Self Care in Times of Uncertainty
Take care of yourself by eating well-balanced meals, staying hydrated, getting rest and sleep; taking a break when needed; checking in with loved ones; and monitoring your stress levels.
Activities that can be done at home to decrease anxiety include walking, hiking, or jogging in areas that are not crowded (this gives an outlet for anxious energy). Instead of excessively watching the news, watch a movie or play games with loved ones.
- COVID Coach App: The National Center for PTSD just released COVID Coach app. COVID Coach is designed to help build resilience, manage stress, and increase well-being during this crisis. The app is free and secure, and it helps connect users to important resources for coping and adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information here.
- Wellness and Work-Life WEBINAR – Coping with a Crisis: Your Mental Wellbeing
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- Tips for Dementia Caregivers. Dementia-related behaviors increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase the risk for COVID-19.
- Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear, and Uncertainty
- CNN Podcast – Corononavirus: Fact or Fiction with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Daily topics to help answer your questions about navigating the coronavirus crisis.
- HHS – Five Things About Staying Mentally Healthy
Hope Goes a Long Way
During difficult times, an inspiring story can lift your spirits and create a feeling of optimism and hope. Simply smiling can make us think more positively. Find your daily dose of good news from around the world at Today-Good News, Good News Network, and Daily Good.
Preparing Yourself to Work from Home
The UA Office of Information Technology provides many services and applications to support academic continuity and help UA students, faculty, and staff work from anywhere with an internet connection. Get all the remote work tools you need.
Get advice on improving productivity and staying in touch with the office.
Courses and webinars are available through ualms.ua.edu for using Blackboard, working remotely, teaching online, technology tips, and more.
Wellness and Work-Life WEBINAR – Working From Home: Helpful Tips and Strategies
Managing Feelings of Isolation While Working from Home
Maintain a sense of connectedness. Social support is crucial for dealing with stressors. Since people are encouraged to stay away from one another and avoid gatherings, this is a challenge. Technology can help — encourage each other to connect by telephone, Facetime, etc., for mutual support. Increase compassion and empathy. We should communicate our collective concern for one another and commit to being there for each other. We are a family, too, and families help us through our toughest times in life.
- Learn how to prevent loneliness in a time of social distancing
- Typing an email to a colleague can be cumbersome. Save time by setting up an online chat feature. Think texting on your computer using Microsoft Teams or Slack.
Need to talk to someone for help? American Behavioral provide professionally trained counselors to give you options and resources for coping more effectively with a variety of life challenges.
Working from Home with Children
Wellness and Work-Life WEBINAR – Creating Rhythms and Routines For Home and Family
Try these useful strategies when establishing a work-from-home environment while taking care of your children.
Child Mind Institute offers support for families who are struggling to balance work, childcare, and self-care while keeping worries under control.
Keeping your children occupied while you work from home can be a challenge. Use this guide to help keep the peace: Keeping kids entertained without a screen or spending a lot of money
Take a virtual trip and explore the world and all of the amazing museums and sites with this calendar of Virtual Field Trips For Families. If you had to skip your summer vacation, take the kids on the some of most popular Disney rides, virtually.
Creativity can help break up the monotony of sheltering in place. The Artful Parent offers 500+ kids arts and crafts activities for you to try. Let your kids plan the next meal using some of these kid-friendly recipes from Spatulatta.
American Behavioral, our EAP provider, has a complete list of online resources for activities to support at-home children. Join one of the American Behavioral online support group with other parents facing similar issues who can offer ideas, support, and encouragement.
Parenting Help for At-Home Learning
Boys and Girls Club of West Alabama’s Back 2 School program is providing multiple learning solutions for students as we face the COVID-19 pandemic and the shifting school landscape.
Open Culture provides 200 free cultural and educational media resources on the web for kids K-12.
When you need an hour to yourself, try one of these 10 best educational documentaries when screen-time is unavoidable.
Go to P.E. with Joe. Joe Wicks is offering a free 30-minute PE class for all ages every day on YouTube.
Managing Stress Through Tough Times
Meditation and Mindfulness are excellent ways to reconnect and relax. Apps such as Balance: Meditation, Shine: Calm Anxiety & Stress, and Ten Percent Happier Meditation can help. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness as a number of guided audio and visual mindful practices as well as Mindfulness Hamilton.
A relaxing treat for you is musical doodle with the Yo-Yo Mo Show featuring cellist Yo Yo Ma.
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- Calm – Take a Deep Breath Blog
- Breath2Relax App
Stay Active and Healthy
- MoveSpring activity platform available to UA employees is designed to help you stay active. Start your own challenge with your MoveSpring friends or participate in one of the many challenges coordinated by Wellness and Work-Life.
- Check out one of the 20 best fitness apps in 2020 to keep you active while staying at home. If you find yourself without a gym, try these top 25 exercises to do at home.
- Do you like to dance like no one is watching? 305 Fitness has a different cardio dance video every day.
- Try one of these workout videos for every fitness level that are absolutely free through Fitness Blender.
- Yoga can help your stiff and aching muscles when you have been sitting at your desk all day. Yoga with Adriene offers a free yoga class each week.
Keeping Your Finances in Order
Concerned about paying your student loans, filing your tax return, or any other financial situations effected by coronavirus crisis? Find answers to your questions here.
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Sources For Reliable Outbreak Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329-4027
World Health Organization
Regional Office for the Americas of the World
525 23rd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037