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COVID19: Coping with Isolation and Managing Anxiety Webinar

Led by KonTerra expert consultants, in partnership with Allegiant Global Partners

Date: April 1st

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Location: Webinar - access from your own workspace

Presented by: Alisa Lewis, PhD, LCSW

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Tools to Handle Stress

Date: Wednesday, April 29th

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Location: Webinar - access from your own workspace

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COVID-19: Coping Resources

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for many of us. Fear and anxiety about a disease, as well as the uncertainties and changes that effect our personal and work lives can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Cope with this stress by staying active, getting outside, eating nutritious foods, taking relaxation breaks, and sleeping well. You'll find a variety of resources below:

Listen to a Webinar: Coping with Uncertainty About the Coronavirus

Click here to access this free webinar recording to learn about tools and techniques to help cope with uncertainty (please note, the webinar begins at time 2:18 and there is no question box available in the recording).

Take A Relaxation Break

Simple tools such as deep breathing and visualization can help us relax and gain control of our stress.  Click here for a hands-on way to learn simple relaxation techniques.  And click here to access free downloads on topics such as deep breathing, meditation and mindfulness, guided imagery, guided progressive muscle relaxation and relaxing instrumental music.  

Take Care of your Emotional Health: Manage Stress & Anxiety

Although there are a lot of uncertainties, try and focus on what you can control at the moment such as practicing social distancing, washing your hands frequently throughout the day, and getting outside every day. 

Spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness and well-being.

Getting enough sleep, at least 7 - 9 hours, will also help you manage your stress. Learn tips on how to quiet your mind at night here.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a variety of resources available for managing stress, especially in an outbreak such as COVID-19. Visit the below links to access these resources: 

Stop the Spread of Germs 

Do your part to help stop the spread of germs by practicing social distancing (stay 6 feet away from others), covering cough and sneeze; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.

Social distancing means staying at home and away from others as much as possible. If you need to go out for essential reasons like food and medicine, maintain a distance of approximately 6 feet from others.

It is critical that we all work together to flatten the curve of this pandemic by practicing social distancing to help slow the transmission of the virus so that the number of people who require medical attention does not overwhelm hospitals. Although we are practicing "physical" social distancing, we still encourage you to be "virtually" social - use technology such as FaceTime and Zoom to connect with family and friends; try playing a game like charades or trivia, or just have a nice long chat.

Working Remote

Working remote may be new to you, and you may have many questions about how to be successful. Try these tips below: 

  • Create a separate workspace, if possible, or wear a headset and listen to music to help block out distractions
  • Get ready for the day as though you were going to the office; even though you may be tempted to stay in your PJs, it's best to get dressed to initiate the start of your day
  • Create a schedule and prioritize your to-do list for the day to help stay focused and organized
  • Incorporate short energy breaks throughout the day to move, re-hydrate, take a mindful minute, stretch, and step outside to get some fresh air. These will help you feel more energized, regain focus, be less stressed and be more productive.
  • Stay connected with your team so you don't feel isolated by committing to speak with someone on your team at least once a day and use video conferencing through Dartmouth's zoom capabilities
  • Focus on the positives! For example, you may be saving time since you're not commuting to the office, you may be saving money because you're not eating out for lunch, or you might be able to get some extra house chores done during your lunch break. 

Click here to view a toolkit with tips on being a virtual employee including how to set up a daily routine, stay focused, and connect with your colleagues.  

If you are a manager/supervisor, click here for tips on how best to manage your virtual team, how to provide effective feedback and how to keep your team connected.  

Watch this free webinar, Master Working from Home with Microsoft Teams, for some other great tips.

Remember, Dartmouth employees have free access to Zoom.  This is a great way to connect with team members and other colleagues while you're working remote.  Consider scheduling regular check-ins with your team to help stay connected!

Energy and Stretching Breaks

We encourage short energy breaks throughout the day, even when working remotely, to move, re-hydrate, take a mindful minute, and even to step outside and get some fresh air. These will help you feel more energized, regain focus, be less stressed and be more productive.

Below you will find some great stretches put together by the Environmental Health & Safety team.

Please note: Stretching, when done correctly, should not be painful. It is normal to feel a pulling sensation in the muscle, but pain is to be avoided. If you are doing a stretch and you feel pain, discontinue the stretch. If you have had any problems, or surgery, please contact your health care provider before you start a stretching or exercise program.

Do each stretch slowly. Hold each stretch for about 15 seconds unless otherwise noted. Click here to view or print the full stretching document.

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Ask for Help

Your Dartmouth College Faculty/Employee Assistance Program, in partnership with GuidanceResources, gives you, our employees, and your family members confidential support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues. Watch this video to learn more. 

Receive up to 8 counseling sessions per issue with a provider (on campus, local, or virtually via phone), legal support, financial information and access to work-life solutions.  These services are provided at no charge to you. There are two ways to access your Faculty/Employee Assistance Program (F/EAP) resources:

  • Call 844.216.8308 
  • Visit www.guidanceresources.com and log in or click on Register and enter your company ID: Dartmouth and then follow the registration prompts.  You will find timely, expert information on thousands of topics, including relationships, work, school, children, wellness, legal, and financial. You can search for qualified child care and elder care, attorneys and financial planners as well as ask questions, take self-assessments and more.

If you're enrolled on the Cigna medical plan through Dartmouth, see Virtual Care information below for an additional option for talking with a licensed counselor or psychiatrist via phone or video. 

Confidential virtual counseling is also available to faculty and staff with Daveen Litwin, the College chaplain, and with the United College Ministry advisers of multiple faith traditions. Email college.chaplain@dartmouth.edu for an appointment.

Tucker Center Spiritual Well-being Resources

Virtual spiritual resources for those seeking calm, connection and sustenance in relation to the challenges of COVID-19.

Virtual Confidential Pastoral Counseling Support

Care, Practices and Resources

Mindfulness Practice Group - Wednesday mornings at 8:00am

Contact Tucker.Center@dartmouth.edu to be added to the email list and connect with a weekly Zoom Mindfulness Sit.

Dartmouth Zen Practice

For a schedule of "Zen on Zoom" go to http://www.UVZC.org

Other Resources

Virtual Care: 

If you're enrolled on a Cigna medical plan through Dartmouth, use Virtual Care (otherwise known as Telehealth) to access medical and behavioral/mental health 24/7/365 - even on weekends and holidays. Connect with quality board-certified doctors and pediatricians, as well as licensed counselors and psychiatrists anywhere via video or phone.

View additional details here or click here to learn more about what conditions can be treated virtually.

If you're enrolled on the OAP or CCF plans, there is no copay for these visits. If you are enrolled on the HDHP, the cost is $55. Any telehealth services with a COVID-19 diagnosis, will be covered at 100% on ALL plans.   

Financial Well-being:

Click here to access a financial resiliency guide. 

General Resiliency:

Click here to access a comprehensive resiliency guide.

Boosting Your Immune System:

Click here to access information on how to boost your immune system.

Well-being Apps

There are a lot of apps offering free videos and resources right now. You can find apps for meditation, yoga, HIIT workouts and more.

  • Happify: for Stress and Worry - Overcome negative thoughts, stress, and life's challenges. - This app is free to any Dartmouth employee enrolled in a Cigna medical plan. To download the free version of the app, click here.
  • iPrevail - Get mental health support 24/7 with on-demand coaching, lessons, & more. This app is free to any Dartmouth employee enrolled in a Cigna medical plan. To download the free version of the app, click here.
  • Calm - Free resources page includes soothing meditations, sleep stories, mindfulness resources, meditations for kids and more.
  • Stop, Breathe & Think - short guided meditations for mindfulness and compassion
  • Down Dog - Offering free use of their apps until May 1st. Teachers, students, and healthcare professionals can access the free app until July 1st. They have yoga, yoga for beginners, HIIT, Barre and 7 Minute workouts.
  • FitOn - free fitness app
  • For more apps currently offering discounts, click here.

Webinars:

Register for an upcoming webinar here on topics such as Learning to Relax, Mindfulness and Guided Imagery, or click below to listen to a recorded webinar.

Last Updated: 4/2/20