Change Your Brain Through Mindfulness and Self-Compassion With Shauna Shapiro
In this podcast by Live happy, Dr. Shauna Shapiro, a clinical psychologist discusses how to use mindfulness and self-compassion practices.
Academic peeps: I've lived through many disasters. Here is my advice on "productivity"
Dr. Aisha Ahmad shares some wisdom on working in academia in a crisis by providing some pragmatic suggestions on how to care for yourself and keep productive.
Breathing Meditation: UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
In this 5-minute YouTube video, Diana Winston the director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA SEMEL’s Institute’s Mindful Awareness Research Center leads a breathing meditation for mindfulness.
Zoom Exhaustion is Real. Here are Six ways to Find Balance and Stay Connected
Steven Hickman, Psy.D., executive director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, offers a timely perspective on managing our new virtual reality.
“Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Working from Home During COVID, With and Without Children
The Canadian Psychological Association provides some tips to work effectively from home.
Proactive Ergonomic Program
University of Calgary’s working from home suggestions for office ergonomic solutions.
The 15 minute/day Academic Writing Challenge
Writing and scholarship can be an isolated activity, unless you are working as a team. To keep the momentum there are online writing groups – some involve a fee, others are free (or set up your own).
'On a Desert Island With Your Students’: Professors Discuss the Weirdness of Teaching Remotely in a Pandemic
Beckie Supiano writes in the Chronicle of Higher Education about student expectations and considerations for instructors teaching remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure
Dr Aisha Ahmad outlines a Stages framework for managing our academic work during the COVID-19 crisis: Security, The Mental Shift, and Embrace a New Normal.
Affective Labor: The Need for, and Cost of, Workplace Equanimity
Lee Skallerup Bessette discusses the human impact of the unexpected transition of higher education courses to online delivery and suggests we embrace all that we are experiencing as normal.
Now is the time to find those books on your shelf that you have been meaning to read. Here are some recommended titles:
- Self-compassion by Kristin Neff (2011)
- How to be a happy academic by Alexander Clark and Bailey Sousa (2018)
Integrity Hour with Dr. Sarah Eaton, PhD, University of Calgary
An informal virtual drop-in session to ask questions and get help with academic integrity issues related to teaching and learning. Contact Sarah Eaton for details and to join.
Writing in suspended time: Approaches to creativity and creative thinking
Novelist, essayist, cultural commentator and UCalgary English prof Aritha van Herk on sparking a creative practice during extraordinary times.
Coping with change
This article and short YouTube video by MindTools explores the different ways in which people tend to approach change, the reactions they might have, and how to best cope with it.
100 Smart Ways to Calm Your Anxious Mind
This blog by licensed clinical social worker, Linda Esposito, contains 100 different ways to calm your mind when you are feeling anxious.
Evidence based ways to flourish in challenging times
This blog by Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, a clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary, provides evidence-based ways to manage stress and anxiety.
How to do progressive muscle relaxation
This step-by-step guide to progressive muscle relaxation by Anxiety Canada will help you learn what relaxation feels like and how to recognize when you are starting to get tense during your remote workday.
Dealing with problems in a structured way
Feeling overwhelmed? The Centre for Addictions and Mental Health has outlined some steps you can take to resolve issues that arise while working remotely.