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The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) is committed to supporting the wellness of staff, faculty, and administration. Our students have access to the high-quality Wellness Course on Canvas. This page provides wellness resources for our faculty and staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

We will update this page regularly, and we welcome any contributions or suggestions.

  • Resources for FIU Employees

    HWCOM Latest Weekly Wellness Wire
    The most recently released wellness newsletter, "Wellness Wire," crafted and curated by HWCOM faculty and staff.

    FIU Assistance and Wellness
    This webpage links to the Employee Assistance Program and the Panther Active Wellness Services webpages.

    FIU Teams - Wellness Wall and Wellness Wire
    This interactive social media platform built on Microsoft Teams offers a continuously updating set of wellness resources and ideas for the HWCOM community. Under "Files," you can find the biweekly "Wellness Wire" newsletter.

    FIU Virtual Events
    To help you de-stress and stay connected to the university community, the FIU virtual events page details offerings from virtual study break stretches to virtual museum tours and 305 Cafecito chats.

  • Resources for Working from Home

    How to Prevent Zoom-Bombing
    The article discusses how to set Zoom host controls to prevent your meeting from being hijacked.

    Creating a Space to Work at Home, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This Wellness Wire details how to create a space that is ergonomic and functional for your work at home.

    In Times of Crisis, a Little Thanks Goes a Long Way, Harvard Business Review Article
    This article details five strategies for managers to express their appreciation to employees during the pandemic.

    Working Remotely, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This Wellness Wire highlights strategies to use to stay focused and calm while
    working at home.

  • Resources for Wellness

    Support, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This brief newsletter discusses the theme of support during the pandemic and in life in general.

    Compassion, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This brief newsletter discusses how compassion is integral for our self care during the pandemic and in life in general.

    Rituals and Care, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This brief newsletter discusses how rituals play a role in our self care during the pandemic.

    Living with Uncertainty, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This brief newsletter discusses tips for living with uncertainty, including self-care, self-compassion, and self-investment.

    Achieving New Year Resolutions, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This brief newsletter discusses tips for achieving new year resolutions, including self-forgiveness and self-compassion striving as we start 2021.

    Finding Wholeness in the Holidays, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This brief newsletter discusses striving for wellness during the pandemic through the themes of hope, wholeness and joy during the holiday season.

    The Happiness Lab Presents: Checking In with Susan David, The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos
    The Happiness Lab Presents: Checking In with Susan David, a podcast where Susan David—a psychologist at Harvard Medical School— offers strategies to cope with our heightened emotions during this global pandemic.

    Music of the Spheres, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This brief newsletter highlights how music can help enhance our wellness during the pandemic.

    Overcoming Adversity and Laughter may be the Best Medicine, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This brief newsletter highlights strategies for overcoming adversity during this pandemic and specifically includes resources about laughing as one strategy.

    Repopulation, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This brief newsletter highlights strategies for cultivating wellness during the campus repopulation process.

    Powering On, by Slowing Down, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This brief newsletter highlights strategies for cultivating wellness during the pandemic by slowing down and considering microhabits.

    The Long Haul, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This brief newsletter highlights strategies for cultivating wellness during this long, marathon-like pandemic in which we are living.

    On Self-Care and Resiliency in Race Equity Work
    This article details ways you can care for yourself when working towards race equity.

    Mental Well-being During the Pandemic, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This issue of the HWCOM Wellness Wire focuses on resources for mental well-being during the pandemic.

    Every Mind Matters, National Health Service
    This website gives simple and practical advice to help you manage and maintain your mental health and to have a healthier mind and get more out of life – from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting our mood or sleeping better. There's a section dedicated just to wellness during the pandemic. This site was created by Public Health England and approved by the NHS and endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

    Coping during COVID-19 Times, video created by FIU HWCOM Wellness Faculty
    The brief video discusses using social media and the difference between social distancing and social isolation,and details the FACE COVID acronym for managing these uncertain times.

    Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An illustrated guide, WHO Guide
    This illustrated, simple guide focuses on 5 essential tools for dealing with stress: grounding, unhooking, acting on your values, being kind, and making room.

    Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus, Greater Good Website
    This website offers podcasts, articles, videos, and practices for individuals, parents, educators, and health care professionals facing COVID-19 on many topics, including stress and anxiety, fostering connection, mindful breathing, building resilience, well-being, and more.

    Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure, Chronicle of Higher Education Article
    This article offers steps one can take to help them to adapt to conditions of crisis.

    Cultivating Wellness through the Arts, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This brief newsletter highlights how arts and humanities can help us cultivate other perspectives during the pandemic.

    Anxiety and COVID-19, Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine Video
    This is a video about dealing with anxiety and cultivating resiliency during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak, World Health Organization
    This article offers messages that can be used to support mental and psychosocial well-being for all of us, healthcare workers, team leaders, carers of children, older adults, and those in isolation.

    Psychological First Aid for Your Team, University of Utah
    This article discusses communicating with your team during times of crisis.

    Practicing Wellness While You Stay at Home, Johns Hopkins Article

    Coursera Free Courses for Wellbeing

    That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief, Harvard Business Review article
    This article talks about naming and facing the grief of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Virtual Classes led by Baptist Health South Florida
    Type “virtual” in the Keyword box, then click “more information” for a list of this week’s classes on topics such as wellness, meditation, yoga, line dancing, managing anxiety, kid’s yoga, and mindful eating.

     

    Health Care Provider Well-Being During Covid-19, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus article
    This article outlines concrete strategies to help health care providers manage stress during this challenging time.

  • Resources for Physical Activity

    Virtual Exercise Classes led by Baptist Health South Florida
    Type “virtual” in the Keyword box, then click “more information” for a list of this week’s classes.

    CorePower Yoga
    CorePower Yoga is offering free videos of yoga classes online.

    CrossFit
    CrossFit is offering free videos of workouts that are done in a home setting online.

    Yoga with Adriene
    This free website offers many yoga videos in various lengths and for any intention. Our students recommended we add this site!

    Challenges in starting with physical activity, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This newsletter offers options for overcoming challenges and harnessing motivation to get started with one's own physical activity routine.

    Day 1: Exercises for improving strength in your legs, video by Noel Barengo, MD PhD MPH
    This first video provides some examples for routine exercises to strengthen your legs. Dr. Barengo suggests repeating 2-3 series of each exercise.

    Day 2: Workout for your upper body, video by Noel Barengo, MD PhD MPH
    This video provides some exercises that will strengthen your upper body. Dr. Barengo suggests you repeating 2-3 series of each exercise.

    Day 3: Arms and shoulder exercises, video by Noel Barengo, MD PhD MPH
    This video presents some exercises you can easily do at home to strengthen your shoulders and arms. Dr. Barengo suggests you repeating 2-3 series of each exercise.

    Day 4: Working out with kids, video by Noel Barengo, MD PhD MPH
    This workout shows muscle strengthening exercises Dr. Barengo did with his children. It focuses on exercises for the knees, the core (abdomen and back) and arms. It also includes some elements of aerobic exercise. Dr. Barengo suggests you repeating 2-3 series of each exercise.

    Fitness Studio Exercise Videos, by the United Kingdom's National Health Service
    This website offers many free exercise videos, including aerobic, strength and resistance, pilates, and yoga. There are exercises to tone your abs, raise your heart rate, and tone your upper arms. They offer 10 and 12 week workout plans as well as specialized workouts for new mothers (postnatal yoga) and specific health problems (pilates for back pain). The videos range from 10 to 45 minutes.

    Zoom Zumba by Amilcar Castellano, FIU Wellness and Recreation Center
    Led by our own Dr. Castellano, this zoom class occurs Fridays at 6:30 PM, Saturdays at 10:30 AM, and Sundays at 9:30 AM. Meeting ID: 353 074 3565

  • Resources for Parents

    7 Tips for Working From Home With Kids When Coronavirus Has Shut Everything Down, The Muse article

    A Guide for Working (from Home) Parents, Harvard Business Review article

    Working from home with kids feels unsustainable. Here’s how to ease the burden, Vox article

    Online Learning Resources for Parents, Michigan State University
    This website offers a list of resources for those working at home with children, including principles for working at home with children, subject area resources (phonics and reading, grammar and writing, mathematics, science, art, music), and virtual field trips.

    Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus, Greater Good Website
    This website offers podcasts, articles, videos, and practices for individuals, parents, educators, and health care professionals facing COVID-19 on many topics, including stress and anxiety, fostering connection, mindful breathing, building resilience, well-being, and more.

    At-Home Parenting: Routines, Recess, and Breaking Routines, FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire
    This issue of the FIU HWCOM Wellness Wire details establishing routines including recess and playtime for parents working at home with their children.

  • Resources for Social Distancing

    Dealing with Social Distancing, Scientific American podcast and podcast transcript
    This 15 minute podcast provides perspective and skills on how to navigate being physically socially distant at this time.

  • Resources for Faculty and Educators

    Managing your students’ mental health during public health emergencies, Osmosis.org
    This 4:29 minute youtube video offers 4 tips to help you support student mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus, Greater Good Website
    This website offers podcasts, articles, videos, and practices for individuals, parents, educators, and health care professionals facing COVID-19 on many topics, including stress and anxiety, fostering connection, mindful breathing, building resilience, well-being, and more.

    To Be Seen, Heard, and Valued
    This Academic Medicine journal article offers strategies to promote a sense of belonging for women and underrepresented in medicine physicians.

  • Resources for Health Care Worker Wellness

    Preparing for Battle: How Hospitalists Can Manage the Stress of COVID-19, article from Annals of Internal Medicine
    This article offers practical tips leaders can take to support their workforce and sustain patient care and steps individuals can take to support self-care.

    Physician Support Line
    This phone line provides confidential, free, peer support for US physicians including Puerto Rico during the pandemic and is staffed by a grassroots organization made up of 500+ volunteer psychiatrists who are providing free and confidential peer support during the covid19 pandemic to physician colleagues.
    The phone number is: 1-888-409-0141
    Hours are: 7 days/week, 8am-12am EST

    The Disproportionate Impact of Covid-19 on Black Health Care Workers in the U.S., Harvard Business Review Article
    This HBR article details the physical and psychological impact of COVID-19 on black health care workers as well as how to support black health care workers.

    Preserving Well-being in a Pandemic, Behind the White Coat Podcast by the AAMC
    In this episode of “Beyond the White Coat,” David Skorton, AAMC president and CEO, talks with Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH, senior associate dean for well-being and resilience and chief wellness officer at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, about how we can care for ourselves, and others, in the era of COVID-19.