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Supporting graduate students, postdocs and staff is important to us. With services moving online to prevent the spread of COVID-19, staying healthy and connected remains a priority.
Below are some resources to help you take care of your well-being, whether it's through a mindfulness app, a virtual tour, or a new hobby to try at home.
Please check back regularly for new ideas and content. We'll be updating this page as new information come to us.
Information about COVID-19
List of Resources
Resources Offered by SFU Units
- My SSP offers free support and counselling in-person, online and over the phone
- Health & Counselling has a guide for maintaining your well-beingand a list of yoga, relaxation and stretching videos
- Remote Study, Work, and Research Resources
- Job search resources by Career and Volunteer Services
They are offering appointments by phone or online, Monday to Friday from 9 am - 4:30 pm and are still supporting Grad students involved in our 'Career Compass' course. Reach out to them: firstname.lastname@example.org about anything career related, from work search to future plans.
- Free workshops are available for SFU students, postdocs and staff through LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
- Read an OLC blog post about Mental Health Wellness Tips for Quarantine
- WeGotChu by the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue lists COVID-19 information (including support for international students) for young Canadians
- How to stay positive and resilient while working from home: SFU News story and video with tips from Lara Kaknin, SFU Psychology professor and happinesss researcher
- Free online workout classes from SFU Recreation
- Online yoga and meditation classes by SFU Vancouver
Health and Wellness
Tips and Resources
- Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 is a free course from the University of Toronto on strengthening your resilience and mental health
- The Science of Well-Being is a free online course by Professor Laurie Santos from Yale University
- Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook is a guide to accept your feelings, tolerate distress, and thrive by Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa
- Here2Talk is a Government of B.C. initiative that connects post-secondary students in B.C. with mental health support
- How to Be Intentional About Consuming Coronavirus News: researchers and media experts weigh in on how to stay informed about coronavirus while protecting your mental health
- Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus for individuals, parents, educators, and health care professionals facing COVID-19
- Grad Write Slack is a virtual support community for graduate students, offering thesis writing discussions and weekly mental health check ins
- List of mental health resources compiled by Joy Abasta, an SFU Master of Public Health student
- Yale: The Science of Well-Being is an online course to help build more productive habits and increase your happiness
- Tips from astronauts on how to survive self-isolation
- Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic: the CAMH has a variety of tips from coping with stress and anxiety, to addressing stigma and prejudice
- Protect yourself from COVID-19 fraud and associated scams
- Coronavirus Sanity Guide offers guided meditations, podcasts, and blogs to help build resilience and find calm
- How to stay healthy during self-isolation
- Drawing Change: How to Stay Connected During Self-Isolation
- How to Avoid Worsening Mental Health Symptoms During Social Distancing (Twitter thread)
- Booster Buddy is an all-over mental wellness app (cartoon buddy check-ins, checklists, and more)
- Mind Beacon is offering all Canadians a set of free videos and activities to support your mental health.
- Crescendo is offering free Diversity and Inclusion videos for remote teams.
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health has a great YouTube channel with short videos for helping you with everything from distractions to staying productive at work.
- Working Remote and Feeling Connected During COVID-19 is a blog post on ways to stay connected with your coworkers.
- Care-based approaches to remote work is an article with a care-based lens to remote work.
- Headspace is offering free meditations and COVID-19 resources.
- Tara Brach is offering free meditations for coping with the pandemic.
- The Centre for Mindfulness Studies is offering free and pay what you can courses.
- Sound Bath is an immersive sound experience on Instagram Live (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 am PT and Saturdays at 11 am PT)
- UMSL Counseling Services' Virtual Relaxation Room offers breathing exercises, guided meditation, and Bob Ross videos to calm and silence
- Calm Blog has curated meditations, resources to help you sleep, calm music, and more
- Insight Timer, a guided meditation app, has over 30,000 recordings on a variety of topics
- Downdog app is offering free yoga, barre and HIIT classes until July 1 for educators and administrators.
- Lululemon is also offering free yoga classes.
- Nike has a free training app that will help you stay fit in your living room.
- Athlean X and Fitnessblender have a series of free YouTube videos.
- YMCA 360 offers exercise videos for a variety of ages and fitness levels
- Short, easy-to-follow exercises you can do near your desk during the work day
- Yoga With Adriene offers YouTube videos for all skill levels
- Free workout videos from THE WKOUT and the University of Manitoba
- Daily Workout Apps has a free, beginner-friendly version
- FitOn helps you connect with friends on the app to take classes together and track progress
- Commune is a virtual yoga and meditation studio
- Basic Self-Massage Tips for Myofascial Trigger Points
Community and Connection
- Quarantine chat lets you safely call someone who is also social distancing and would like to hear a friendly voice
- If a phone call sounds too scary, you can also sign up to become a "pen-pal" for a senior
- Kids Help Phone Volunteer is seeking online volunteers. You will not be on the phone, but responding to texts via your computer.
- Mental Health Pandemic Facebook Group is a group that you can post and share your mental health tips and resources with others during the pandemic
- Be there is a website to support you in supporting others with their mental health
Hobbies and Recreation
- 19 Cheap And Easy Hobbies: list of simple activities to try at home
- Crave and TIFF are offering free streaming movies with Stay at Home Cinema
- Indigenous Cinema by the National Film Board has a catalogue of free Indigenous films
- Netflix Party is a Google Chrome extension that lets you enjoy movies/TV shows with family and friends by synchronizing video playback and a group chat (Netflix subscription require
- Access thousands of free films and videos using Criterion on Demand via SFU Library
- PHD Comics Movies are free to watch
- National Film Board has over 3,000 productions with free streaming
Music and Podcasts
- Using Music for Stress Reduction and Self-Care: blog post with scientific findings on the psychological and physiological effects of music, as well as recommendations for songs/song types for reducing stress
- Play musical instruments online using your PC keyboard and mouse control as the interface
- Free Concerts to Watch at Home During COVID-19 Distancing
- The Good News Podcast releases short, ad-free episodes daily
- Hogwarts is Here: experience Hogwarts classes through this online simulator
- Audio tours of some famous museums
- Vancouver Aquarium livecams
- 13 Museums You Can Visit Online During Your Quarantine
- Google Arts & Culture Street View can walk you through landmarks, historical sites, sporting facilities, and monuments
- US National Parks Virtual Tour via Google Earth
- Virtual Museum Canada offers virtual tours of online exhibits on history, art, science and nature
- Vancouver Aquarium allows you to check on their creatures via their free webcams.
Arts and Crafts
- Laura Horn is offering a free abstract art collage-making course.
- The Montreal Museum of Fine Art posts an Art Therapy activity every Friday on its Facebook page.
- Draw Everyday offers daily 20-minute videos with New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator, Jarrett J. Krosoczka
- Owens Art Gallery: Twitter hashtag encouraging you to use creativity using drawing prompts
Resources for Parents
- Online Educational and Leisure Resources and Activities for Kids
- Audible has a selection of audiobooks for children, tweens, teens and classics
- Walking Curriculum (eBook): Easy-to-use, child-centred and developmentally appropriate activities that make outdoor learning memorable, meaningful and fun.