Virtual Wellness Resources
There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. Many of our daily routines have been disrupted as a result of COVID-19. Attending to our health and wellness and staying connected is more important than ever. Counseling and Testing Service (CATS) has compiled a list of free resources to help you take care of yourselves, no matter where you are.
- Google chrome has an application that lets you watch Netflix with friends. Host a virtual Netflix party
- Host a happy hour with friends. The app House Party allows up to 8 users per call and works on all mobile and desktop platforms.
- Play online games together like Minecraft. Discord is an online platform you can use to play and chat with friends at the same time
- Cards Against Humanity or Checkers more your speed? Have a virtual game night usig the apps PlayingCards or Tabletopia and use Google Hangouts or Facetime to chat while playing
- Go old school and phone a friend or family member and catch up with them
- Pets are benefitting from our increased time at home. Share some of your best furry friend's antics with others online #SeeAPupSendAPup
- Start a personal/public blog, website, or podcast
- Find a penpal or write handwritten letters to friends/loved ones
- The Wellness Center is offering virtual GET-FIT classes which can be accessed at your convenience. They are also offering virtual personal training and nutrition sessions via Zoom. The first session for each is free.
- Golds Gym is offering free access to its app, Goldsamp, where you can find more than 600 audio and video workouts
- Planet Fitness is offering free "Home Work-Ins" streamed live at 7p.m. ET on Facebook
- Core Power Yoga and Down Dog are offering free on demand yoga classes
- Tone it Up, a workout streaming app, is offering free access to its programs for new members
- Dance Church, an all-abilities movement class designed for people of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and identities, is offering free live streaming on Sunday afternoons
- Nike is offering free access to its Nike Training Club app, which provides workouts for everything from bodyweight-only sessions, targeted training programs, and full-equipment home workouts
- Record a video doing 10 pushups and then tag as many friends as you'd like to see do the same #see10do10
- Go for a walk around your neighborhood or explore local trails, while practicing physical distancing
Choose the Arts
- Explore art museums from around the world virtually
- Listen to virtual concerts and watch broadway shows
- Take advantage of Amazon Kindle's free two-month subscription and read a book for leisure
- Pandemic project gives you some prompts to try out expressive writing. Writing about your thoughts and feelings may change the ways you are thinking, feeling, and even sleeping.
- Express your feelings through creative writing, painting, drawing, photography, or listening to and/or playing music
Choose Kids' Activities
For students with children, not having school or the ability to physically go to the library, museums, or parks can be especially challenging. Here are some free resources to entertain and engage with your young ones:
- Scholastic Lessons
- Mystery Science
- Lunch Doodle with Mo Willems
- Home Safari with the Cincinnati Zoo
- Cosmic Kids Yoga
- The Headspace app has created a free selection of meditation, sleep, and other experiences that can be found in the Explore tab in the Weathering the Storm category
- Calm has created a free resource page with content to support your mental and emotional wellness including music, meditations, and sleep stories
- Stop Breathe & Think has created a category within their app, called Calm Coronavirus Anxiety, to help you feel more safe, centered and connected. The category can be accessed for free for the next 60 days
- Simple Habit is a free meditation app that offers five-minute meditation sessions designed to provide a brief respite at any point throughout your day
- Check out the CATS Self-Guided Resource Library available through ISU Libraries
- For a guide about coping with adversity look at Doing What Matters in Times of Stress
Choose a Growth Mindset
- Check out these TED Talks to learn how to to grow during difficult times:
- Read about Resilience and learn How to Have a Really Successful Failure
Choose Mental Health Apps
- Excellent list of mental health mobile apps with search features to find the right app for you and with reviews to find a good, evidence-based app that is credible.
VA mobile apps: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/appvid/mobile/index.asp
- This is an excellent set of evidence-based, free apps created by the VA. Although these apps were developed first and foremost for veterans, they are generally widely applicable to adults looking to improve their mental health, including more specific concerns.
- Another great set of free, evidence-based CBT apps developed by leading researchers of mental health mobile apps at Northwestern.
- ACT Guide: https://scce.usu.edu/services/act-guide/
- ACT Companion: http://www.actcompanion.com/
- Happiness Trap Online: https://thehappinesstrap.com/
- ABCT Self-Help Books of Merit: http://www.abct.org/SHBooks/