Self-care is critical for all individuals, especially during a time of crisis. To address this need, the Tulane University School of Social Work created a website with self-care information, guided meditation videos, and mental health support hotlines.
“Take five minutes, ten minutes, whatever you can do, to meditate, get moving, connect with someone, or indulge in a bit of entertainment,” said Patrick Bordnick, dean of the Tulane School of Social Work. “Each person determines what self-care works best for them, and we hope to provide a variety of resources to make that easier.”
One of the website’s key resources is a series of mindfulness and meditation videos that are accessible and offer an immediate self-care option. TSSW partnered with mindfulness and meditation expert Stephanie Osborne to create the five short videos.
“These videos were designed so you could practice when you need self-care the most, which is often in between clients/patients, on a short break, after a video call, or pre- or post-work day,” said Bordnick. “We are grateful to have such a kind partner in Stephanie who worked immediately to produce this series of meditation videos.”
Meditation is the practice of cultivating present moment awareness. “I guide these experiences to help people experience all that this moment has to offer using: inner calm, stillness, presence, mental clarity, the reduction of anxiety, stress and depression, better sleep and the ability to respond in stressful situations as opposed to reacting," said Osborne.
The TSSW self-care website offers resources for multiple audiences, including first responders, health professionals, caregivers, remote workers and learners, families, parents, and teachers. Visitors to the website can also provide their own recommendations to be added.
Information and links will expand on an ongoing basis to help individuals manage their well-being during the global COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.