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COVID-19 Resources

During this time of unprecedented unknowns and uncertainty the one thing we are sure of is that managing your mental and physical health is critical to your well being. It is our hope that you will utilize some of these resources to enhance your own well being and the well being of those around you. 

Below you can find many of the resources we recommend to our clients everyday. Mental health is always important but in this time of uncertainty it becomes critical. 

 Managing your mental and physical health is critical to your wellbeing and takes intentionality:

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Practice self-care 

Eight Dimensions of Wellness Strategies

Keep self-talk positive, encouraging, and hopeful

Increase Emotional Intelligence  (self-awareness and self-management)

  • Recognize signs of emotional dysregulation and activate positive coping to get the “rational brain” back in control of the “emotional brain”

Get adequate and efficient rest

  • Adequate sleep strengthens the nerve circuits underlying learning and memory, allowing the brain to make and consolidate new and essential neural connections
  • Tips for better sleep (see “sleep hygiene”)

Avoid negative coping such as: isolating*, escaping into video games/online activities, or abusing/misusing substances (*social distance is urged, but connect with others!)


Utilize TAO, a new emotional wellness resource for anyone with a ttu or ttuhsc email

Recommended Reading: 

  • Rewire Your Anxious Brain by Pittman & Karle
  • Switch on Your Brain by Dr. Caoline Leaf
  • I Hear You by Michael Sorensen
  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Seek support through The Counseling Center (free and fully confidential)
Note:  Seeking support is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of emotional intelligence!

 

*Watch Coronavirus Explained on Netflix

  • E. 1: This Pandemic (26min.)
  • E. 2: The Race for a Vaccine (23min.)
  • E. 3: How to Cope (20min.)

Links to check out:

Parenting in Coronavirus a guide to caregiving during a pandemic.

Helping families with special needs during a public health crisis.

Supporting individuals with autism through uncertain times.

School from home and ADHD: An expert's tips.

Local resources and assistance: 

Health and Human Services 211

Texas Suicide Prevention


For Parents:

Tips from Cook Children's (Eng.&Span.)

Self-care for Parents (Eng.&Span.)

Support Children with Special Needs

5 Helpful Responses for Families

Helping Kids and Parents Cope from AACAP

childrenFor Children: 

Big Life Journal

Booster Buddy App

Child Friendly Explanation of Coronavirus

Kids Yoga/Mindfulness

Art for Children

 

 


 

Other Resources:

CDC advice on managing stress

VA advice on managing stress associated with COVID-19

Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Stress Video by Dr. Mike Evans

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

"We have to take personal responsibility for the way we think, speak and act. We need to stop being victims of our biology, of what happens to us and start being victors."

Dr. Caroline Leaf

 Switch on Your Brain 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAO has decided to make our Mindfulness Library free for everyone. Please feel free to share with family, friends, or anyone else who might benefit from enhancing their mindfulness practice. All exercises are available in both English and French: https://www.taoconnect.org/mindfulness-exercise/

TAO is an online resource for all students, staff, and faculty of TTU and TTUHSC. It is an excellent resource for all to use during this time of increases stressors. 

Here are the steps to get you started in TAO:

In your browser window (Chrome or Firefox), navigate to https://us.taoconnect.org/login


Check your email. You will be sent a confirmation link which you must click on before signing in.

*Attached you will find the pathway recommended for stress management: Stress Pathway



 

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Make an Appointment

The Counseling Center @ TTUHSC provides consultation and therapeutic services to employers, and their employees, with the primary mission being to promote health and wellness in the workplace.

Call 806.743.1327 or 800.327.0328

*** Check out Coronavirus Explained on Netflix, specifically 3rd video, HOW TO COPE 

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If you are in immediate crisis and one of the following applies to you:
  • You feel you are in immediate danger of harming yourself.
  • You feel you are in immediate danger of harming someone else.
  • You have recently been assaulted or had a traumatic experience.


Please do one of the following:

  • Call 911 – you will be connected with the police who can help you get emergency services.
  • Call the Starcare Crisis Team (806-740-1414).
  • Go to your local emergency room.

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. 

-Hellen Keller