Using These Resources
This guide is a collection of free online tools to decrease stress, increase mindfulness, and help us build joy, movement, and calm into our busy lives. College can be an exciting time, but it can also be stressful - especially if you are living away from home, managing your finances, and stretched between being of service, finding your community, and doing your best in the classroom.
It is also important to acknowledge that with the event of COVID-19, we are in a time of great uncertainty - San Francisco is currently under a "shelter-in-place" mandate, and many campus events have been cancelled, postponed, or shifted from a face-to-face to an online format. Experiencing moments of disappointment, fear, or anxiety under these circumstances is completely normal - but you can be proactive in how you choose to manage them. Here are some general tips on managing your mental health amid COVID-19:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Managing Stress & COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
- Mind Hong Kong - Mental Health Tips
- National Alliance on Mental Illness - COVID-19 Information and Resources
- National Institute of Mental Health - Coping With Coronavirus
This page presents a selection of basic online resources intended to increase your sense of wellbeing and contentment. If you are experiencing an emergency, or have needs related to your physical or mental health, reach out to get professional help:
- Center for Academic and Student Achievement (remote appointments available)
- Counseling and Psychological Services (remote therapy services available for California residents)
- Crisis Services & Resources
- Health Promotion Services (remote appointments available)
- Public Safety
- Student Services
Meditation For Everyone
Engaging in a daily meditation practice, or using white noise machines can increase feelings of wellness, calm, and resiliency. Below are a variety of apps and websites for anyone interested in learning to engage in breathwork, guided meditation, and visualization.
For more on cultivating mindfulness, you can also try these campus resources:
Sometimes, it's best to keep busy. One way you can do this thoughtfully is by colouring in pages - this can provide a sense of achievement or completion, improve focus and motor skills, brighten up your space, and finished pages make lovely gifts!
Another way to keep busy and make sense of what is happening is by keeping a journal. Taking time to write down your thoughts is a great way to process events, express yourself, and reduce stress. It can also be helpful to record your ideas and clear your mind during stressful times.
Streaming The Great Outdoors
Sometimes, we can't get out among nature as much as we'd like to, and not everyone has a companion animal in their home! Below are a selection of high-resolution livestreams from zoos, parks, animal shelters, and nature enthusiasts around the globe.
Moving With Intention
Regular exercise helps us produce endorphins, manage stress, and build our overall health. Below are a selection of resources created to help build a mindful, body-positive exercise programme within your own home, with no additional equipment needed.