Well-being & Support

Well-being Resources

Keep Teaching. The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) offers a number of well-being resources for educators, students, and organizations.

With many learning institutions cancelling classes and moving to online delivery across Canada, our goal is to provide a curated list of resources on alternative approaches to teaching and learning.

An anonymous community where members can support each other.

Big White Wall is an online service providing access to millions with anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues.

That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief

Grief. If we can name it, perhaps we can manage it. We turned to David Kessler for ideas on how to do that. Kessler is the world’s foremost expert on grief.

Resources to Support Coping During the Pandemic

Resources for UM staff and students from Corey Mackenzie, Ph.D., C. Psych (Professor & Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology).

The current situation is scary, disruptive, unpredictable, and leaving lots of us feeling disconnected from people we love and care about. If you’re feeling some or all of that here are some things you might consider:

  1. Let those unpleasant emotions in rather than avoid them, do your best to bring self-compassion to that experience (it’s okay to feel sad and scared right now), and see what those emotions are telling you. For example, loneliness is a signal that we’re not feeling socially connected. Even in the current situation there are things we can do to address that problem – call a friend you haven’t spoken with in a while, send a letter to your grandmother, arrange time to have a virtual coffee with a friend, etc. Finding those kinds of solutions isn’t possible if you push negative emotions away. Plus avoidance of negative emotions not only doesn’t work – it usually intensifies them (just ask your cognitive psychologist colleagues about thought suppression effects).

  1. While it’s important to face difficult emotions head on, it’s also important not to get carried away by them. So if you are stuck in fear, sadness, and endless Twitter feeds it’s important to pull yourself out of that experience. There are many ways to do that, including simply naming the emotion you’re feeling (e.g., taking a deep breath, and asking yourself what you’re feeling in moments of distress – is it sadness, worry, overwhelm?), and seeing if you can notice the kinds of thoughts that are associated with strong negative emotions. In moments of distress we might feel like life is awful right now, that things will never be the same, etc. Those are often experienced by us as truths, when in fact they are just thoughts. Recognizing them for what they are gives us opportunities to challenge them, or to just get a bit of distance from them (e.g., by saying to yourself: “I’m having the thought that life is awful right now).

“Life’s beauty is inseparable from its fragility,” says psychologist Susan David. In a special virtual conversation, she shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

A virtual conversation in the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers. Recorded March 23, 2020.

In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. The meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks on this page will help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos.

A number of excellent videos, podcasts, and guided meditations on working effectively with corona-related distress.

Ten Percent Happier.

Practices, resources, and articles for individuals, parents, and educators facing COVID-19.

A number of great written resources on issues ranging from coping with having young kids at home to regulating your intake of COVID-related news.

The Manitoba Government will be offering a free online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) therapy service for people who are struggling to cope with COVID-19.

Province of Manitoba.

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