Practicing mindfulness and relaxation are proven ways to protect your emotional well-being. These resources will guide you.
Coronavirus Anxiety: Is It Getting the Best of You?
Developed by the Columbia University of Psychiatry and AllenComm, this appealing self-assessment tool provides 5 tips for facing your COVID-19 anxieties.
Vanderbilt Behavioral Health Self-care Breaks for Employees
Join VBH for mini self-care breaks via Zoom. Mindfulness sessions, mini Yoga exercises, grounding techniques, AND MORE! Contact email@example.com for more information.
Every weekday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/247987274
Meeting ID: 247 987 274
Apps for Relaxation
Several mindfulness apps are offering free memberships to healthcare providers: Headspace , 10 Percent Happier , Breethe (healthcare workers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org from their medical email address and/or send a photo of their professional badge).
Many relaxation apps are either free for all users or have free content you can access including Calm , Insight Timer , Breathe2Relax , and Stop, Breathe & Think .
Osher Center: Mindfulness Live Streams
The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine offers a free weekly 10-minute, live-streamed, guided mindfulness meditation practice. This online session is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators and are open to anyone — VUMC clinicians and staff, patients and friends in the community.
The goal: create a brief pause in the midst of high demands and great uncertainty so that the body and mind can “reset,” providing a few moments to rest the attention through grounding, anchoring, breathing and bringing awareness into the body and into the moment.
Please use the Zoom link here: https://zoom.us/j/5559330907 to drop into the session. No reservations are needed. You can join by computer, laptop, tablet, or phone.
Sessions are offered weekly on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. with Cindy Lio Hui.
Grand Rounds: Mental Health during a Pandemic
The Department of Medicine Grand Rounds hosted a panel of experts from the Department of Psychiatry on how to manage stress and anxiety during the pandemic. Topics included a brief overview of the neurobiology of fear and anxiety, recognizing your own response to chronic stress, building resilience, and coping suggestions. Really excellent presentations with helpful tips. Access the one-hour video here.
Battling Stress: Breathe Like A Navy Seal
Box breathing, a.k.a. square breathing, is a technique that can relieve stress and heighten performance and concentration. As researchers at Veterans Affairs note: “Learning to control your physiology, to control your anticipatory responses as you remain in that situation, are the first steps to controlling your brain’s response.” Learn the simple technique here.
Help Kids Deal with Emotions Related to the Pandemic
How can parents talk to children about COVID-19 and its impact? Get age-specific guidance on how to help your child, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Managing Stress: Tips for Coping with the Stress of COVID-19
This article from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health offers a great overview of positive (and negative) ways to deal with the stressors of the pandemic.
Public health emergencies, such as COVID-19, can lead to stigma of people, places, and things believed to be associated with the virus. This article from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health—STIGMA: Viruses don’t discriminate and neither should we!—helps you learn more about stigma and how to combat it.
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