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COVID-19 Resources

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Self-care & wellbeing

The effects of the virus that causes COVID-19 are more broad than the symptoms of illness. Even individuals that aren’t sick are employing social distancing in an effort to slow the spread and decrease the impact of this respiratory illness. Social distancing and the closing of many of our usual social outlets (such as bars, restaurants, and gyms) can affect our wellbeing and our usual self-care strategies. 

It’s important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep and not spending an excessive amount of time using digital devices. While we recognize that these devices are the only way many of us are able to stay in touch with friends and family or get our work accomplished, it is important to take breaks from our screens for other activities. Health sleep hygiene includes going to bed and waking up at regular times – even if your work and life schedules have shifted. You may also want to keep work outside your bedroom to maintain a distraction-free bedroom.

There are many options for activities at home that will help you maintain a positive outlook on the future. Many exercise options are available without the need for gym equipment. These options include online exercise classes and yoga. You can also spend time reading, listening to audiobooks, or practicing mindfulness. We’ve put together several resources that may enable to you maintain your self-care routines and improve your wellbeing. 

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Mental health & substance use

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger (CDC).

It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a disaster. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time. Notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing.

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Local community resources

It is important that we follow the guidelines that have been put in place at state and national levels to slow the spread of the virus, however the need for social distancing has required the closing of many businesses, which has taken an enormous toll on our economy. Many people have lost their jobs or been forced to take time off. If you have been affected financially, there are many local resources that can provide assistance.

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How can I help?

It can feel overwhelming when we know how many people are suffering, and you may feel the desire to help, but don’t know where to start. If you are feeling called to help your community, there are many avenues to do so.

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Social connectedness

The U.S. government is encouraging us all to practice social distancing. Paying attention and reducing our physical proximity to others will help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Being physically distant from individuals does not have to limit us from being connected. Research shows that having many, diverse, social ties is protective to our health and wellbeing. By nurturing our relationships and creating new relationships we bolster our health. Below are some key points and suggestions to stay connected with your family, friends and community during this uncertain time.

Population Mental Health & Wellbeing

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

3rd Floor East

Mail Stop B119

Aurora, CO 80045

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