Take care of yourself
Feeling anxious, stressed or sad? You are not alone. Here are a number of wellness resources to help you stay physically and mentally healthy. Feel free to send us your ideas and links for additional opportunities.
- Warriors Strong Together offers free mental health intervention to all WSU students, faculty and staff struggling with pandemic-related stressors — the call center is open seven days a week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at 313-577-1596.
- Bookmark the WSU Mental Health Day page, which offers resources to rely on well beyond the Oct. 30 event.
- 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.
- Wayne State's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers telemental health services using Microsoft Teams. To work remotely with a CAPS counselor, download the Teams app to your computer or smartphone, then call 313-577-3398 for an initial consultation between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The WSU Employee Assistance Program offers free and confidential counseling, education and referral services. Get started by calling 800-448-8326 anytime.
- Students: WSU Applebaum is here for you with a strong circle of support.
- Check out OT resources for community members, organizations and practitioners created by students in our Occupational Therapy program.
- There are plenty of resources available for older adults and their caregivers — start with the National Council on Aging.
- 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.
- Five tips for managing pandemic stress during cold-weather months.
- 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.
- Take a look at what WSU Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Arash Javanbakht has to say about coping by way of complaining.
- Inside Higher Ed offers faculty-specific advice for staying calm and maintaining a sense of routine during these turbulent times.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support 24/7. If you are in distress or know somebody who needs help, call 800-273-8255 or text the word TALK to 741741.
Physical Therapy Professor Joseph Roche sings "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
- 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 — there are plenty of activities to do from home on that page as well.
- 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. Choose from a 13-minute beginner's guide to yoga, a 20-minute flow that connects breath to movement. or an 8-minute spinal stretch routine.
- Even though the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center is now open for in-person exercise, it continues to offer a varied lineup of active-at-home guided workouts — the Warrior way! — on YouTube and Zoom.
Work from home (and stay sane)
- Don't forget that C&IT support is available beyond campus. Call 313-577-4357 or send them an email.
- Take a look at these helpful tips from journalists in Asia, who were among the first to begin working from home in response to the pandemic.
- Find laughter where you can — faculty members will especially enjoy Missouri S&T Associate Professor Michael Bruening's online teaching survival ballad.
- Zoom isn't just for class anymore. 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.
- Indulge in some comic relief as you look back on the Internet's reaction to our abrupt new workplace reality last March.
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). This story from early in the pandemic offers advice that remains valid today.
- In the archived Lunch Doodles series, beloved children's author and illustrator Mo Willems invites homebound kids into his studio for drawing lessons and inspiration. Also be sure to check out his Small Works Project, which celebrates little acts of kindness.
- 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 news about virtual 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.
- Wishing you could get out for a walk on a bad-weather 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.
- 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 trials, or browse through the no-cost options at Open Library.
- Many news providers are removing paywalls from coronavirus content, including The New York Times and Medium.
- 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 view livestream recordings 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.
- 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 Warrior Relief & Response fund as the university continues to provide assistance as the pandemic stretches on.
- Share your stories to help Wayne State's Reuther Library document Detroit's experience during COVID-19.
- The NYT's Learning Network provides some answers to the question, "How can we help one another during the coronavirus outbreak?"
- Acts of kindness remind us that we are in this together — check out Canada's caremongering trend.
- Support local businesses by shopping from home through Detroit Help Hub, a platform launched by a WSU computer science student to keep Midtown shops afloat during social distancing.
- If you have the ability to give blood, it's needed now more than ever before. Search for an American Red Cross blood drive near you and make an appointment to make a difference today.