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We're in this together - wellness through times of change

Our mission supports all Californians. That includes all of us at UC ANR. The current health crisis calls us to be intentional about self-care even as we also care for others, such children and extended family. All the while, we are balancing a new way of working so we can continue to support California's healthy families and communities, healthy food systems, and healthy environments.

It doesn't matter whether you're an office assistant, advisor, field worker, human resource partner, vice provost, staff research associate or community educator. All of us support the work of our mission.

Connection is important. Hold check-ins with your colleagues or team; set up calls via phone or Zoom. Remember that each of us responds differently to hardship. Those who feel upbeat and have fewer burdens to tackle can connect with colleagues who may have more home responsibilities or are experiencing anxiety.

There are many areas of care – physical, social, emotional, financial and environmental. These times call upon us to come together as a community and lift each other up. Please share in the comment section ideas to keep us resilient through COVID-19.

In the coming weeks, you will be receiving information that will help people manage.

For now, here is a brief list of resources:

Well and Working
Wellness Activity Library (UC Davis)
Guidance for Telecommuters (UC ANR) (see computer ergonomics at home, too)
Ergonomic Tips for Telecommuters (UC Davis)
Basic Ergonomic Exercise (YouTube)
Leading Through Crisis (UC Berkeley Haas)

Home Learning for Kids

Check your local county 4-H website for educational resources for youth.
California 4-H recommended curriculum
California 4-H Project Sheets
UCCE Santa Clara County's Online Learning Participation
4-H Healthy Living Activity Guide 30 fun, skill-building activities to help kids live a healthy life.
How to Homeschool During the Coronavirus Crisis with Free Resources
 Today Show
Google Arts and Culture provides a collection of online exhibits and tours of museums and artwork from around the world
PBS offers free access to activities for kids and parenting information
Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (nonprofit) offers free resources for interactive online learning
Scholastic is offering free day-by-day activities for remote learning for children PreK-12 (focus on PreK-6th grade)
Work on Life Skills for Children Ages 2-18, you know, that stuff you always think you should teach your child before they grow up and move away?
Ways to support kids during the Corona Virus Crisis (

Family and Community Health

Taking Care of Elders

Taking Care of Elderly Family Members or Neighbors Washington Post
Guidance Through Pregnancy and Breastfeeding for COVID-19 (CDC)
Do Not Mix These Cleaning Products (
Label Date Marks: Quality or Food Safety? (Penn State)
Coronavirus Disease Resources for Older Adults, Family Caregivers and Health Care Providers John A Hartford Foundation
How to Protect Older People From the Coronavirus NYT

Coping Through Stress
Finding your productive mindset LinkedIn Learning
Coping with Stress Brought on by COVID-19 (UC Davis Human Resources)
Insight Timer The largest free library of guided meditations
Calming Music (Youtube) 
Coronavirus Anxiety – (Nanak Naam – Youtube)
What you are experiencing is grief (Harvard Business Review)

ANR Zoomercise
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
12:30 – 1 pm
Join UC Riverside/UC Bernadino Counties employees Christina Davidson and Michele Byrnes who are offering Zoomercise sessions! Exercise can be done in a small space and modified. Let Christina or Michele know if you want to lead a session. Plug in @ Meeting ID: 239 765 343 | Password: 940529

Crowd-sourced Wellness Ideas from All-hands Meeting - March 20
During our ANR all-hands meeting on Thursday, March 20, 2020, many of you helped crowd-source things you were implementing to care for yourselves, others, and your larger communities. Here are some ways you are finding solutions to your new circumstances:

How are you practicing personal wellness?

How are you managing children at home?

How are you supporting extended family and local community

Work out in living room every morning

Cooking! Lots of cooking


Daily walks in nature

Go for walks in the desert

Letting the chickens run around in the yard


Reflecting that I can only control my own actions and reactions

Walks with my partner, using iNaturalist to document life

Multiple daily walks with children and dog.

Focusing my thoughts on love and service

Picking up trash around the neighborhood


Stationary bike

Daily walks, yoga and Zumba in the living room

Enjoying time with family

Working in the garden


Being kind to myself and forgiving myself when I am not the perfect parent

Wall ball!

Roof ball (or rather, watching my son play this. He loves it)

Playing board games with kids

They are fending for themselves; I think.

Gardening, learning about food preservation, practicing reading, learning how to be a homeschool teacher

Practicing youth curriculum with my kids. as well as educational

Baseball in the back yard; lots of this Harry Potter board game

Communicating the importance of my work time

Keeping them busy outside.

Trying to give them attention and projects they can do by themselves while sneaking in some work.

Working later in evening when kids are in bed

Keeping a schedule

Laughing and dancing

Having a visual poster schedule for school assignments




Lots of texts and phone calls

Family WhatsApp call everyday

Staying in VERY close contact and making sure they are separating fact from fiction

Texting and checking in with loved ones

Call them daily

Encouraging older relatives to stay home


Grocery shopping for them; encouraging them to take this all seriously

Found places my older parents could safely shop

Calling and texting to make sure they have what they need

Family group chat, sharing jokes and memes









Posted on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5:44 PM

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