GoUSF Self Care Tips and Resources
During these unprecedented times, your priorities around self-care, exercise, work and family have likely shifted. Whether you need to refocus on your self-care or receive support while caring for others - children, family or elders the GoUSF Wellness program has assembled resources that may help to relieve stress, anxiety, and allow you to breathe a little deeper.
- Take a Koret class in person or on zoom.
- Check out this physical wellness toolkit created by National Institutes of Health.
- Watch this one minute video on 4 ways to enhance your physical wellness.
- Make your own at-home circuit workout.
- Take a walk around the block.
- Interested in training for a race? Contact me for a training program.
- Learn a new sport with family members and friends.
- Park farther away from the stores when you're running errands. Every step counts!
- You can reach out to our University Ministry staff anytime by phone, email, or zoom conferencing.
- Review University Ministry's offerings for faculty and staff.
- A short guided meditation from mindful.org that is intended to be done in the middle of the day from wherever you are located.
- Tools for managing stress and anxiety.
- Perform the grounding exercise, part 1 and grounding exercise, part 2.
- Enroll in Yale University’s online class, “The Science of Well-Being.” It’s offered free right now.
- Work/Life tips for working from home.
- Wellness and Relaxation Resources - prepared by Gleeson Librarian, Nicola Andrews.
- Thriving in Place: Being on your own Without Being (too) Lonely - a self care article offered by Concern.
- CAPS Virtual Anxiety Toolbox Workshop
- CAPS 1 minute tips:
- Dr. Li: Thought Diffusion - https://youtu.be/e9WKlm0bPHA
- Dr. Glen: Touch -
- Dr. Molly: Gratitude - https://youtu.be/FYVGOXRVwW4
- Diaghphragmatic Breathing -
- Dr. Broussard Tip 1 -
- Dr. Broussard Tip 2 -
- Ask yourself, what’s your superpower? How can you use it in this situation?
- Reach out to friends and families who may be isolated. Is there anything you can do to help them?
- Talk about other things you’ve overcome as an individual and/or as a family.
- Get lost in scavenger hunt fun:
- The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered by CONCERN provides professional assistance to eligible faculty and staff, dependents and/or others living in the household.
Eating as healthily as possible is important not only for our physical health, but our psychological well-being, too. A healthy diet has been shown to reduce our risk of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, as well as depression and anxiety.
You don't have to follow a particular diet, just avoid processed foods as they tend to be high in sugar.
The best foods for our mental health are generally the healthiest foods. Complex carbohydrates, found in fruit, vegetables and whole grains, provide important nourishment for our brains as they slowly release energy, which also stabilizes our moods.
A balanced diet ideally includes a variety of foods high in vitamins A, B, C, D and E, as well as the minerals iron, zinc and selenium.
B vitamins, found in green vegetables like broccoli and spinach, beans, bananas, eggs, poultry, fish and beetroot, are important for our brain and it's happiness chemicals, serotonin and dopamine.