Self Care Examples
Examples of Self Care Resources for Students
The following resources were adapted from Blackboard content utilized in Spring 2020 by the Institute for Leadership Studies, developed by one of CTE's Faculty Consultants for Online and Flexible Teaching, Amy Leyerzapf. Following the university’s decision to move courses online in response to COVID-19, LDST courses created a “Self Care” content area on the navigation pane of all departmental Blackboard sites. The resources were organized into the content areas noted here and presented as weblinks with the URL’s embedded.
The goal was to balance brief and audience-appropriate research-based articles with critical University and COVID information and a variety of enrichment, engagement, and perhaps even a little evasion opportunities.
Why is self care important, particularly for college students and particularly now?
Resources for a “New Normal”
KU’s Coronavirus Health Care Guidance https://studenthealth.ku.edu/coronavirus
National Institute for Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help/index.shtml
American Institute of Stress – 50 Signs of Stress https://www.stress.org/stress-effects
Role of Humor in Navigating Stress (Psychology Today) https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/ulterior-motives/201706/humor-sometimes-makes-stressful-situations-better
Social Distancing Wellness Recommendations https://time.com/5804130/covid-19-social-distancing-wellness/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=time-health&utm_content=20200319
Balance Mindfulness and Movement
UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) meditations and podcasts
Lee Holden QiGong for Stress Relief https://www.holdenqigong.com/video-natural-stress-relief/
QiGong ("chee" gong) is an ancient movement and breath-based practice intended to move the qi (vital energy) throughout the body. The flowing movements and breath demonstrated here are designed for stress relief. Lee is one of the nation's preeminent practitioners of the practice here in the US.
Free streaming online yoga https://www.doyogawithme.com/
Connect with Nature
San Diego Zoo livecam https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
Georgia Aquarium webcam https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/
African Safari webcam https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/
20 Minutes in Nature (Time Magazine) https://time.com/5539942/green-space-health-wellness/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=time-health&utm_content=20200318
Explore Arts and Culture
Broadway Plays and Musicals via livestream http://www.filmedonstage.com/
Art Institute of Chicago digitized collection https://www.artic.edu/collection
Learn-A-Language tutorials https://www.learnalanguage.com/
Language podcasts https://www.afar.com/magazine/15-best-podcasts-for-language-learning?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=031720+VirtualMuseums&utm_term=Daily+Wander+Newsletter&fbclid=IwAR39DTNxzA83H99eT49DMpjSMtt0r00AEFpBGhbcyJ8u3rg_hOmRWopSn7A
The time is WRITE! https://info.achs.edu/blog/writing-as-self-care
Research suggests that the rate of feelings of depression and isolation increase proportionally with our screen time. Consider breaking the hold our devices have on us by powering down the TV, computer, tablet, and phone for a while and put an old fashioned pen to old fashioned paper.
- Write a thank you note to someone who has made an impact on your life.
- Write a letter to a friend or family member.
- Write a letter to your past or future self. What do you want to report back? What do you want to remember?
- Journal! We are living in an extraordinary time. What a cool record for our children's children.
Mo Willems YouTube lunch doodles https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL14hRqd0PELGbKihHuTqx_pbvCLqGbOkF
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/244614/3-ingredient-peanut-butter-cookies/
Microwave Popcorn Hacks https://www.bustle.com/articles/45368-9-creative-hacks-to-make-your-popcorn-the-best-snack-ever
The Required Quarantine Banana Bread https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-banana-bread-the-simplest-easiest-recipe-139900