Stay Well: Tips for a Healthy Quarantine

We hope that you are feeling well and settling in to your quarantine stay. Over the next ten days you will be receiving a series of emails with wellness tips to help you feel healthy, both mentally and physically, throughout your quarantine and beyond.

Can't Sleep? Feeling Stressed? Try Meditation!

With regular meditation practice, you will find that you become more aware and present (or more mindful) in many areas of your life. Evidence demonstrates that practicing mindfulness meditation can lead to many beneficial outcomes, such as reduced anxiety and stress, improved attention, a stronger immune system, less emotional reactivity, improved communication, and a general sense of well-being.

Try to meditate for a few minutes every day:

Frozen Blueberry Bites

Looking for a sweet (and healthy) treat? Dip fresh blueberries in yogurt (any kind you like!) and freeze until solid, about 1 hour. To prevent sticking, freeze on a baking sheet with parchment paper. This antioxidant rich snack also works to soothe a sore throat. 

Staying Connected

Being in quarantine or isolation can be very lonely. There are a lot of ways that we can connect with friends and family virtually during this time when you cannot see them in person. While these certainly cannot replace in person contact, they can help you feel a little less alone.
  • Set a goal to connect with at least one family member or friend each day.
  • Feeling Zoom fatigue? Use Facetime to see a familiar face instead. Or skip the screens altogether and just make a phone call.
  • Write a letter to a special person in your life and tell them why you're grateful for them. Expressing gratitude can elevate your mood and even boost your energy levels. 

We're Here for You.

Try Peer-to-Peer Coaching: Are you feeling anxious? Homesick? Struggling with this whole quarantine thing? Our UR Connected coaches are here to help you.

UR Connected is a peer-to-peer network of students to connect you to the resources you need to feel better. Learn more and request to meet with a coach here.
Connect to the Hive:  We may be distanced, but you can virtually meet and connect with Yellowjackets on campus and around the world with these suggestions from Wilson Commons Student Activities. You can also engage virtually with the many upcoming programs and events
The University Counseling Center (UCC) recognizes the many ways in which this pandemic has impacted how we live, learn, and connect with one another. In response to COVID-19, UCC has worked hard to develop ways to support students during this time.

University Health Service: 585-275-2662 (On Call 24/7)
University Counseling Center: 585-275-3113 (On Call 24/7)
Quarantine Help Desk: 585-354-6306 (9am-2am)

For students who need additional funding to cover qualifying needs, clothing, food, housing, the Basic Needs Hub is an excellent resource to get you through the critical period. The Food Pantry has expanded its availability to all students and postdoctoral appointees who face food insecurity, face a change in employment status, financial hardship or who are in quarantine and isolation. It is need-blind and does not require any income or financial threshold.

Additionally, each school (AS&E, Eastman, SMD, Simon, Warner) has a Quarantine/Isolation Support Coordinator who can further assist you in obtaining the necessary services to support you in getting through these challenging times. 
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