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Virtual Meditation, Mindfulness, Exercise, and Mental Health Resources:
15 minutes or less:
- Free, downloadable audio files of guided meditation led by meditation experts from the Center for Contemplative Minds in Society.
- Craig Ballentyne of Turbulence Training provides a wonderful collection of no-equipment bodyweight workouts designed to help you burn fat and get lean. These instructional videos are mostly short ones (i.e. under 10 minutes) and can be used to create your own home workouts.
30 minutes or less:
- Dr. Tara Brach is a psychotherapist and a meditation teacher who emphasizes the importance of blending meditation and western psychological insights. Her website offers a number of free, guided meditation & talk videos with focus on topics like mindfulness, releasing blame, and loving kindness.
- The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center offers free, downloadable guided meditation audio files (as well as an app and a 6-week online class). Each week has a different theme, and usually includes some introductory comments, a guided meditation, some silent practice time, and closing comments. Available in English and Spanish.
- Headspace is a mindfulness and meditation app/website. In the midst of COVID-19, they are offering a series of free meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.
- Planet Fitness is offering a free, daily virtual fitness class for everyone on their Facebook page from Monday through Friday at 7pm. If you can’t make it live, the workouts will be available on-demand on Facebook and in Planet Fitness’ YouTube channel. No equipment is needed, and the classes last 20 minutes or less.
- OrangeTheory is sharing a new 30-minute workout video each day, featuring some of its most popular coaches from around the world. The workouts don’t require any special equipment, but may feature everyday household items.
At your leisure, 30 minutes or more:
- YouTube has a variety of free guided meditation videos available, of all different lengths and topics. Simply search “guided meditation” on YouTube and choose one!
- UCSF “Steps you can Take to Prevent Panic and be Prepared”
- Harvard Health Blog “Self-care for the Caregiver”
- CDC “Managing Stress and Anxiety Related to COVID-19
- Shine “Toolkit for Caring for Coronavirus Anxiety”
- Stress Management During COVID-19. Complimentary pre-recorded 40-minute webinar offering strategies, tips, resources, and reminders for managing day-to-day life during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here to watch the webinar on YouTube.
Virtual Exercise Resources:
- YouTube has tons of free workout videos available. Simply search for whatever type of exercise you are looking for and follow along.
- Hundreds of free, online workout videos. Users can choose duration, difficulty, body focus, training type, and equipment used (including none).
Supporting Youth Mental Health During School Closures:
- Friend2Friend: Kognito’s game-based simulation for adolescents that builds awareness, knowledge, and skills about mental health while reducing stigma.
- Children’s Health Council “How Peers Can Help with Teen Mental Health”
- UNICEF “How Teachers can Talk to Children about Coronavirus Disease”
- ActiveMinds “Coping and Staying Emotionally Well During COVID-19-Related School Closures”
- Sanvello: App for on-demand help with stress, anxiety, and depression offering free premium access
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network COVID19 Guide for Parents & Caregivers
- NAMI “Recognizing Warning Signs of Psychological Distress in Adults and Children”
- Kognito’s Calm Parents, Healthy Kids interactive role-play simulation
- NASP “Talking to Children About COVID-19″
- CDC’s messages for parents, school staff, and others talking with children about COVID-19
- NPR “Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus”
- NY Times “How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus”
Online Substance Abuse Prevention Resources
This time of social distancing and quarantine comes with an increase in substance abuse and promotion of drinking to “pass the time.” Social media is full of images of people at home drinking, including jokes about parents having a glass of wine per lesson they teach their child. While these jokes aren’t intended to be harmful, they perpetuate dangerous ideas about how to cope with stress and manage emotions. Many children and teens are seeing these posts, or seeing their parents doing this, and learn to imitate these behaviors. Now is the time to have important conversations with your children about substance abuse and healthy methods of managing stress and emotions during confusing and frustrating times. The below resources can help you navigate these conversations.
- SAMHSA “Talk. They hear you.” campaign
- KidsHealth “Talking to your Child about Drugs”
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids “Preventing Teen or Young Adult Drug Use: How to Talk with Your Child”
- National Institute on Drug Abuse “Talking to Your Kids: Communicating the Risks”
- American Psychological Association “Talking to your Children about Stress”
- Psychology Today “Easy Ways to Teach Kids about Emotions in Daily Life”
Kids Helpline “Helping Kids Identify and Express Feelings”