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Self Care

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced mealsexercise regularlyget plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Many people are using video chats to feel connected to their friends and loved ones and report that it is helpful to relieve anxiety and stress.

Self Care Resources

Apps & Training

Using technology to stay connected. Connection and community are really important for our mental health.  Technology can ultimately be a force for good at this time, although there are times when the best thing for you is unplugging completely. Constant content and updates can be overwhelming. Consider using the screen time limit feature of your phone to set a limit for yourself for apps. These are not hard limits and can be ignored or extended but may help you be more mindful about your technology use and help you consider if they are really serving you. You might also set a timer while browsing the Internet to make sure your use becomes contained and you do not become overwhelmed.

Balance

Balance App

Balance, a new meditation app, is offering a free one-year subscription to anyone who wants it. To receive the free subscription just download the app and then email access@balanceapp.com for instructions.

Headspace

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Headspace, a popular meditation app, has released free content, including content specifically geared towards health care providers and educators in the US. Instructions to access can be found here.

Sanvello
Sanvello App

Sanvello offers a range of coping tools and peer supports and has offered free premium access during COVID-19. The app also gives you suggested activities based on your mood — very helpful for self-isolation.

COVID Coach

COVID Coach App

The COVID Coach app was created for everyone, including Veterans and Servicemembers, to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Features include:

  • Education about coping during the pandemic
  • Tools for self-care and to improve emotional well-being
  • Trackers to check your mood and measure your growth toward personal goals
  • Graphs to visualize progress over time
 

Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 Online course

Red Cross Class

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is challenging individuals and families in new ways. Psychological First Aid, the practice of recognizing and responding to people experiencing crisis-related stress, can be used to help yourself and others to cope in the face of stressful events.

To help, the American Red Cross is offering a Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 Online course during the pandemic. The course content is based on guidance from the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This online course is designed for anyone interested in learning techniques for supporting mental health during the COVID-19 crisis.

Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 is an online only course designed to help individuals build resilience and support themselves and lend support to others during and following the COVID-19 outbreak. The course length is estimated at 60 minutes. The topics covered in the course include:

  • Recognizing Stress in Adults, Teens and Children
  • Practicing Mental Health First Aid
  • Caring for Yourself
  • Supporting Your Family
  • Supporting Yourself and Coworkers at Work

Each student who completes the course will receive an American Red Cross Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 Online Only certificate at the completion of the course. The certificate date is the date of course completion. The certificate is valid for 2 years.

Individuals may access and enroll directly in the course online by clicking here.

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