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, sleeping well, and staying positive. You'll find a variety of resources on this page.
Listen to a Webinar: Coping with Uncertainty About the Coronavirus
Take A Relaxation Break
Take Care of your Emotional Health: Manage Stress & Anxiety
Stop the Spread of Germs
Energy & Stretching Breaks
Ask for Help
Give your Eyes a Break
Boosting Your Immune System
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). For other webinars, visit our on-demand library here.
Simple tools such as deep breathing and visualization can help us relax and gain control
of our stress.
View a hands-on way to learn simple relaxation techniques.
Access free downloads on topics such as deep breathing, meditation and mindfulness, guided imagery, guided progressive muscle relaxation and relaxing instrumental music.
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.
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:
Do your part to help stop the spread of germs to help keep our Upper Valley community healthy.
- practice social distancing (stay 6 feet away from others)
- wear a face covering when around others
- cover your cough/sneeze
- avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
Learn more about how to protect yourself and others here.
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 and wear a face covering (it must cover both your nose and mouth).
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 and try playing a game like charades or trivia, or just have a nice long chat.
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.
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, view 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!
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.
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 email@example.com for an appointment.
Virtual spiritual resources for those seeking calm, connection and sustenance in relation to the challenges of COVID-19.
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
With all the Zoom meetings taking place, our eyes may be getting more screen time. Be mindful of this and give your eyes frequent breaks throughout the day by taking breaks from your computer. Here are a couple of tips -
- Take regular breaks using the "20-20-20" rule: every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.
- Make a conscious effort to blink as often as possible. This keeps the surface of your eyes from drying out. You might even want to put a sticky note on your computer screen reminding you to blink often!
- Try palming. Rub your hands together for 10 to 15 seconds until they feel warm and energized. Then gently place your hands over your eyes, with the fingertips resting on the forehead, the palms over the eyes, and the heels of the hands resting on the cheeks. Don't touch the eyeballs directly, but hollow the hands slightly and allow them to form a curtain of darkness in front of the eyes. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and relax. Envision the eyes absorbing the darkness like a sponge, while also welcoming healing warmth and energy from the hands. Invite the eyes to grow soft and spacious, and enjoy this break from visual stimulation. Continue this palming action as long as it feels soothing—for just a few seconds or up to five minutes. When you are ready to emerge, gently remove the hands from the face and slowly open the eyes.
Dartmouth's well-being partner, Virgin Pulse, has created a comprehensive well-being guide (you do not need to be a Pulse participant to access these resources). Find facts on COVID-19 as well as many resources, tips and support on reducing stress, staying active, being productive, sleeping well, and eating healthy.
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.
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.
Access a financial resiliency guide.
Access a comprehensive resiliency guide.
Access information on how to boost your immune system.
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 - yoga, yoga for beginners, HIIT, Barre and 7 Minute workouts.
- FitOn - free fitness app
- View more apps currently offering discounts.
Free webinars on a variety of well-being topics are offered each month. See below for a few previously recorded webinars that may be of interest, or access the full on-demand library here.