Take care of yourself
As the world shifts to a new normal in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may find ourselves feeling anxious, stressed and sad. Here are a number of wellness resources to help you stay physically and mentally healthy during this period of social distancing. Check back for new opportunities as they become available, and feel free to send us your ideas and links.
- Two fantastic downloads from our resident University Counselor Patricia Dixon: Supporting mental health during COVID-19 and a stress management tip sheet from the Institute for Disaster Mental Health.
- WSU School of Social Work faculty members Suzanne Brown and Caitlin Brown offer an in-depth look at managing anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Wayne State's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff members are working remotely and are ready to help from their homes. Call 313-577-3398 anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The Headspace meditation app is offering health professionals free access to Headspace Plus through 2020. Redeem your subscription using your National Provider Identifier and email address.
- Join the millions of people who have found peace of mind through InsightTimer. This app offers a massive library of guided meditations for relaxation and stress reduction — and it's free to everyone, from beginners to veteran meditators.
- There are plenty of resources available for older adults and their caregivers — start with the National Council on Aging.
- Inside Higher Ed offers faculty-specific advice for staying calm and maintaining a sense of routine during these turbulent times.
- Take a look at what WSU Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Arash Javanbakht has to say about coping by way of complaining.
- Warriors Strong Together offers free mental health intervention to all WSU students, faculty and staff struggling with pandemic-related stressors — the call center at 313-577-1596 is open seven days a week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support 24/7. If you are in distress or know somebody who needs help, call 1-800-273-8255.
Physical Therapy Professor Joseph Roche sings "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
- Join a 20-minute desk yoga and breathing session led by a seasoned yoga instructor twice a day at 9 a.m. and noon ET. These Wisr webinars are free and open to anyone in higher ed.
- You don't need gym equipment to work up a powerful sweat. Peloton offers a 30-day free trial, with workouts ranging from cycling and running (if you do happen to have a stationary bike or treadmill at home) to yoga, strength and guided outdoor runs.
- The popular Blogilates site offers a range of targeted body-sculpting videos and is promoting a 14-day quarantine workout plan.
- Huron-Clinton Metroparks are open and offering unlimited fresh air. Before you leave the house, download scavenger hunts that can be completed from your car or the trail.
- Your mind, body and spirit will benefit when you take a break to flow through easy-to-learn poses with Pharmacy Education Specialist Karen Gessler during this 13-minute beginner's guide to yoga.
- Wayne State's own Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center is offering a varied lineup of Active at Home guided workouts — the Warrior way! — on YouTube and Zoom.
Work from home (and stay sane)
- Take a look at these helpful tips from journalists in Asia who spent the past several weeks working from home.
- Find laughter where you can — faculty members will especially enjoy Missouri S&T Associate Professor Michael Bruening's online teaching survival ballad.
- Don't forget that C&IT support is available beyond campus. Call 313-577-4357 or send them an email. Take a few minutes to scan all of their news items, including details about free internet service.
- Missing campus? Check in on Wayne State's resident Peregrine Falcons — and their chicks! — via the webcam mounted above their Old Main nest.
- Zoom isn't just for lecturing. Organize virtual gatherings with your colleagues and campus friends to trade stories and unwind at the end of the day.
- Take some study space setup advice from our friends at Flinders University in South Australia.
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Manage your mini coworkers
- Check out this down-to-earth advice from Colorado Public Radio's education reporter on what to do with kids at home on coronavirus break for who knows how long (without losing it).
- In a daily Lunch Doodles series, beloved children's author and illustrator Mo Willems invites homebound kids into his studio for drawing lessons and inspiration.
- Bring gym class home with a free two-week trial subscription to the Cosmic Kids app, which offers age-appropriate yoga adventures.
- Log onto the WSU Theatre and Dance Facebook page for daily performances sure to engage and enchant the entire family.
- Take advice from a classroom teacher and homeschooling mom, who has compiled dozens of free online enrichment opportunities that will take kids on fun journeys from Detroit to San Diego, up to Mars and back again.
- Go for a walk — experts say it's OK! Rainy day? Wander around Yellowstone National Park in your PJs.
- The WSU Dean of Students Office is currating a wide-ranging list of virtual activities the entire family will appreciate.
- Many news providers are removing paywalls from coronavirus content, including The New York Times and Medium.
- Lose yourself in a story — including recommendations on books that bring comfort from authors themselves. Kindle and Audiobooks are among the literary services offering free 30-day trials, or browse through the free options at Open Library.
- Soak up culture from across the globe without leaving your couch or opening your wallet. Bookmark this comprehensive list of everything from virtual museum strolls to Broadway performances.
- Enjoy full Detroit Symphony Orchestra concerts — they're online, they're free (with registration) and they're magnificent.
- Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of nature when you log onto the live feed from the Frederick Meijer Gardens butterfly house.
- Nurish your body and soul with from-scratch cooking — 50 recipes from America's Test Kitchen are now free to all.
- Acts of kindness remind us that we are in this together — check out Canada's caremongering trend.
- Many WSU students are struggling with unanticipated costs related to housing, food and technology necessary to stay on track academically. Consider making a gift to the Student Hardship Fund as the university continues to act quickly to provide assistance.
- The NYT's Learning Network provides some answers to the question, "How can we help one another during the coronavirus outbreak?"
- Support local businesses by shopping from home through Detroit Help Hub, a platform launched by a WSU computer sciences student to keep Midtown shops afloat during social distancing.