Health & Wellness

No matter how you choose to manage stress during this time, know you are worthy of rest, support, connection and wellness.
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Some tips to help cope with isolation ➡

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Health & Wellness Tips

During this time, we acknowledge that many students may be facing increased personal and academic stress brought on by the impact of self-isolation during COVID-19. These stressors can manifest in many ways. Here are some things you can do to support yourself.

  • 1. Make sure to understand the facts

    As we all practice self-isolation, our need for connection via platforms such as social media increases. Major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can be wonderful resources for connection, but they can also harbour a multitude of misinformation on the COVID-19 virus. This rampant misinformation can cause heightened anxiety as we are inundated with new information daily. Reading accurate information about COVID-19 through websites such as the World Health Organization and the Government of Alberta/AHS can help to increase understanding and reduce stress surrounding the virus.

    Feeling stress, anxiety or depression due to the COVID-10 pandemic?
    A new Health Services Program called Text4Hope is a free service providing three months of daily text messages written by mental health professionals. This can be an excellent resource for adjusting your negative thoughts, feelings or behaviours during the pandemic.

    Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe.

  • 2. Take a break

    Constant news about the pandemic can feel relentless as we all read the most recent articles filtering into our social media or tune into the daily press updates. Being attentive towards COVID-19 updates is understandable, however, make sure to check in with yourself and acknowledge whether this is causing you heightened anxiety or distress. If so, take a break from watching, reading or listening to news stories. Instead, pick up your favourite novel or watch a comforting TV show for the next few days instead.

    Try out some of these free distractions:

    SCRIBD
    Scribd is an online library containing ebooks, audiobooks and magazine articles. This company has made all of its content accessible for free to new users for 30 days!

    Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cam
    The Monterey Bay Aquarium has set up ten live cams to allow users to experience the aquarium from the comfort of their living rooms. Take a break from reading the news to watch a live stream of penguins, otters, jellyfish or even sharks.

    Free Trials
    Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crave, Disney+ and AppleTV all have free week-long trials for new users. Get through the next five weeks by trialling one service per week.

    Museum Tours
    Museums around the world have opened their virtual doors to the public with free tours of many different exhibits. Here are just a few to check out:

    The Louvre in Paris, France
    The British Museum in London, England
    The Guggenheim in New York, New York
    National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
    Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France
    National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea

    Google Arts & Culture Website
    This site features content from over 2,000 leading museums that have partnered with Google.

    Google Street View
    Step inside museums or art galleries all over the world, go behind the scenes of all different kinds of sporting events, or take a virtual tour of 11 different iconic views from the top of some of the world’s highest buildings.

    360 Degree Videos
    Ever wonder how astronauts go to the bathroom in space? Take a tour through a space shuttle in a 360 degree video by the National Air and Space museum to have all your questions answered.

  • 3. Practice self-care

    Practicing self-care does not need to be a reward for having accomplished something in your personal or academic life. During times of heightened uncertainty and stress, engaging in regular self-care can actually help to reduce anxiety and brighten your mood. Try some of these self-care activities throughout the next week and take note of what makes you feel better. Try to implement the activities that brighten your mood into your daily routine.

    Physical Self-Care

    Make a playlist of your favourite songs and go for a long walk

    Take a hot shower or apply a face mask and take a long bath

    Declutter and reorganize different spaces in your home

    Try a home workout or online yoga class

    Practice a new skill such as doing 10 push ups, handstands or learning a musical instrument

    Mental Self-Care

    Find time each day to read a few chapters of a new book

    Use Pinterest to find a DIY activity you can do with items around the house

    Write in a journal about how you are feeling and what you are grateful for

    Call a different friend or family member to stay in touch while spending time alone

    Challenge a friend to a free online game such as Scattergories, Words With Friends or Houseparty

    Emotional Self-Care

    Try meditating for a few minutes each morning to start your day with a calm state of mind

    Light your favourite candles to make your home smell nice

    Cook your favourite healthy meal, followed by your favourite unhealthy dessert (If you want to cook alongside Paris Hilton, she is now hosting cooking classes on YouTube)

    Find ways to laugh each day, try listening to a comedy podcast

    Spending your evenings watching Netflix? Watch with friends or family through the Netflix Party app


Mental Health Support

Resources are available if you, or someone you know, is struggling or needs a little extra support.


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Unitea Tea Times

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A conversation can make all the difference. Students can now book a virtual tea time through Google Hangouts to speak with a trained peer.