Wellness Resources

With COVID-19 and sheltering in place, it is important to still take time for self care. Below are virtual resources for faculty, staff and students, from our department, the campus community, sister campuses and companies around the globe that are offering free online services during this challenging time.


Upcoming Events

You can take a glance at all the events on our calendar page. 

  • Building Emotional Muscles Group, for students, 4/14, 4/22, 4/29, and 5/6, 1:00-2:00 PM.  Attend the group and learn practicing mindfulness of emotions, experiencing and expression emotions, developing emotional well-being, and increasing self-compassion. From CAPS for students. Register for Building Emotional Muscles Group at this CAPS link.
  • Resourcing Your Resilience for Student Success, 8-week series, 4/15-6/4, 2:00-3:00 PM, also drop-in groups are held Thursday's, 2:00-3:00 PM .  An online coummunity for students in an effort to enhance skills and tools for success in this challenging time. Sponsored by the BASIC NEEDS Progam and Radical Resilience Initiative. Register at this Resourcing Your Resilience for Student Success link.
  • Join us as we roll out our first COVID-19 support group session for faculty and staff, with Laurel Andres, LMFT, Thursdays at 2:00-3:30 PM, June 11, 18, and 25.  These gatherings are designed to address the cumulative stress you may be experiencing under the Shelter in Place orders due to the Coronavirus. The sessions will include training, group discussion, and sharing about the natural but uncomfortable symptoms of physical and emotional stress and burnout, as well as strategies to increase coping mechanisms and how to make the turn towards “post traumatic growth.” Research shows that those who take time to openly discuss disturbing events show a marked reduction in psychological distress over time vs. those who don’t talk it through.

    Some of the topics that may be covered are: self-care in the face of cumulative stress and trauma, managing anxiety for the (over)achiever at home, the difference between resilience and false grit, attending to skillful habit forming in a time when we’re just looking for comfort, and managing expectations for the work-from-home parent. Lastly, we’ll cover the importance of deep listening and put those skills to use as we practice being present for each other and what’s in our hearts.  Space is limited to 25 people.  Please note we are currently putting a pause on this COVID-19 support group session to provide us an opportunity to evaluate the current support gathering structure.  In collaboration with the Employee Resiliency Work Group this will allow us assess how we can best ensure that appropriate resources are being offered for the well-being of everyone. Updates will be forthcoming.

  • Words Matter Workshop with Dr. Teresa Maria Linda Scholz, Monday, April 27th, 12:00-1:00PM. How the words and phrases you say and use matter: Inclusive language in a time of constant uncertainty. Unfortunately, we can convery the opposite, and inadvertently perpetuate a "sameness" discourse that is exclusionary.  This Zoom presentation is designed to assist us with thinking about the language we use in an effort to work more effectively toward inclusive practices in resilience work.  Cosponsored by the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Radical Resilience Initiative.  Register for Words Matter Workshop at this link.
  • Boosting Your Capacity Webinar presented by Kaiser on Tuesday, April 28th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. To join the webinar, click here and enter your name, email address, and the password Thrive123
  • Thinking About Students' Social and Emotional Health in COVID-19 on April 28th
  • Restorative Practices for Uncertain Times Workshop with Nikita Gupta, MPH, RYT, Wednesday, April 29, 1:00-2:00 PM.  Please join us for this experiential session to support your well-being with practices of embodied self-care as we navigate this uncertain time. Sponsored by the Radical Resilience Initiative. Register for Restorative Practices for Uncertain Times at this link.
  • Resilience: Navigating the Unexpected with Grace with Adrienne Harrell, Thursday, April 30, 1:00-3:30 PM.  Building resilience is an important skill for managing the stresses (big and small) that impact our lives. Resilience increases our ability to "respond" rather than "react" to unexpected events and set-backs. In this class, participants will explore what it means to be resilient and why it is an important skill/competency to nurture and develop in self and others. Participants will practice specific tools and approaches for building resilience in their own lives, and learn how to support cultivating a culture of resilience in the workplace.  Register for Resilience: Navigating the Unexpected with Grace at this link.
  • Optimizing Digestion Workshop presented by Madia Jamgochian, Certified Nutrition Consultant on Friday, May 1, 12:00-1:00 PM. Register for this workshop here.
  • Restorative Practices, mid-day meditation, faciilitated by Jim Moore, Tuesdays May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 12:00-1:00PM. Sponsored by the Radical Resilience. Register for Restorative Practices meditaton at this link.
  • Avoiding Burnout, Wednesday, May 13, 9:00-10:00 A.M., sponsored by SHR. Register for Avoiding Burnout at this link.
  • Coping with COVID-19, gain resources about COVID-19, learn tips on how to combat stress and become more resilient. May 14, 10:00-11:00, sponsored by Kaiser.  Register for Coping with Covid-19 at this link.
  • Spring into Wellness: The ART of Self-Care, A CAPS Virtual Conference for students. Friday, May 22, 10 AM- 2:00  PM. Register at this link.
  • Total Health Nutrition, topics include principles of good nutrition, how different foods affect our bodies and health, how to create a concrete plan for nutritional, behavioral change, and more. May 22, 12:00-1:00PM, sponsored by Kaiser. Register for Total Health Nutrition at this link.
  • Mindful Stretching, topics include the power and purpose behind mindful stretching, the connection between body, mind and heart, and more, May 26, 12:00-1:00 PM. Sponsored by Kaiser. Register at this link.
  • Restorative Practices- Basic Sanity, learn practices to support stillness, grounding and generosity of spirit. May 28, 2:00-3:00 PM, facilitated by Jody Greene. Sponsored by the Radical Resilience Initiative.  Register for Restorative Practices-Basic Sanity at this link.
  • Laughter is the best medicine, topics include how laughter changes as humans age, types of humor theories, where to find laughter during your day, and more. June 4, 12:00-1:00 PM, sponsored by Kaiser. Register at this link.
  • The Power of Gratitude, develop a knowledge of the physical and psychological benefits of gratitude, practice the top 5 ways to actively be thankful, and much more. June 9, 12:00-1:00 PM, sponsored by Kaiser. Register at this link.
  • Recover Your Center with Aiki-Presence, experential workshop to deepen your leadership presence by learning three Aikido principles that will enable you to show up with more self-awareness, choice and confidence during challenging times.Facilitated by Silvia Austerlic, June 10, 12:00-1:00PM. Register at this link.

Building Resiliency and Emotional Wellbeing

Additional Emotional Wellbeing Resources

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Nutritional Wellbeing

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For questions regarding wellness programming, please contact Jessica Bulleri, Wellness Coordinator at jbulleri@ucsc.edu, or questions regarding mental health wellness resources please contact Cindy Delgado, at cadelgad@ucsc.edu in the Office of Risk Services.