Resources for Wellness

COVID-19, and Wellness

Updated March 27, 2020

This moment is testing all of us—our teams, families, and communities—in new ways. And we wanted to share some wellness resources in case they are helpful in the days and weeks ahead.

Below are tools for crisis support and intervention, managing anxiety, mindfulness and movement, ways to share art and stories, support for children and teens, and resources in Spanish.

We hope they are useful, and we will continue to look for ways to support one another during this challenging time.

Crisis Support and Intervention

Crisis Text Line
Text SHARE to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor, 24/7, for free, confidential support.
Crisis Text Line counselors are available to connect about anxiety related to the novel coronavirus, isolation, students’ concerns about school, financial stress, and other concerns.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
At the National Domestic Violence Hotline, highly trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone in the United States.

Managing Anxiety

Managing Anxiety and Stress Related to the Coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Tips on stress and coping, with specialized advice for parents, responders, and people who have been released from quarantine.

Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety
A Project of Shine
A toolkit including FAQs, meditations, and links to additional resources.

Avoiding Misinformation on COVID-19
News Literacy Project
How to spot—and avoid spreading—misinformation, and identify reliable sources of information.

Mindfulness and Movement

Meditations for Focus, Stress, Sleep—and Even Handwashing
The Headspace app is offering a free set of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises, “Weathering the Storm,” specific to this time; a free suite of tools and guided meditations for business and employees, and free Headspace Plus accounts for providers who work in public health settings.

Yoga Class Comes to You
Corepower Yoga
Yoga and guided meditation classes, videotaped to stream on demand. A selection of ~20 popular classes is being offered free.

Dance Classes At Home
Join ODC’s teachers and community online while the physical studio doors are closed. Sign up for a live-streamed class or follow along with a Fusion Light class from Rhythm & Motion.

Exercising during a Pandemic
The Atlantic
Expert advice on getting exercise at home or while maintaining social distancing.

From Boot Camp to Youth Sports
Free, online classes for the whole family: youth soccer, tai chi, boot camp, classes for older adults.

Sharing Art and Stories, Spreading Joy

A Daily Story to Lift Your Spirits
StoryCorps is putting some of the most heartwarming stories from their collection in a daily newsletter. Sign up for reminders of heart, humanity, and generosity from everyday people.

Virtual Book Club
Quarantine Book Club
Join live, Zoom discussions with favorite authors. Tickets are $5; free tickets are available for those who need them.

Virtual Museum Visits
Google Arts & Culture
Key pieces from the collections of 2,500 museums worldwide, including special online exhibits.

Learn to Play the Guitar (or bass, or ukulele)
Fender is offering 3 free months of lessons to the first 100,000 people to sign up.

Supporting Children and Teenagers

For many excellent resources for supporting school-age children while their schools are closed, please see Resources for Remote Learning.

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
Child Mind Institute
Guidance for parents of young and school-age children on talking to them about coronavirus.

Helping Children Cope with Stress During the Pandemic
World Health Organization
A printable, one-page PDF to share with parents and caregivers.

Teens Facing a New Normal
Strategies for teens to protect their mental health while facing a (temporary) new normal.

Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety
Teen Vogue
Strategies and resources for teens confronting anxiety about the coronavirus pandemic.

Recursos en Español

Maneje la Ansiedad y el Estrés
Centros para el control y la prevención de enfermedades (CDC)
Consejos sobre estrés y afrontamiento, con consejos especializados para padres, personal de auxilio y personas que han sido liberadas de la cuarentena.

Cómo Hablar con los Niños sobre el Coronavirus
Child Mind Institute
Guía para padres de niños pequeños y en edad escolar sobre cómo hablarles sobre el coronavirus.

¿Necesita Alguien con Quien Hablar?
7 Cups te conecta con los oyentes atentos para el apoyo emocional gratuito.

Volunteer to Support Others

And if you’re looking for a way to serve others during this difficult time and beyond, consider training as a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line. The training can be done from home, and teaches the skills of reflective listening, collaborative problem solving, and crisis management.