COVID-19 Well-Being Toolkit and Resources
We are thinking about you and others in our global community during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you are staying safe. This toolkit has a list of resources to support well-being during this trying time.
If you are concerned for your physical safety, please visit the CDC's website if you're in the United States and the World Health Organization's website if you're outside of the United States. If you're experiencing a mental health crisis and are in the United States, please call the National Alliance on Mental Illness 24 hour helpline at 1-800-950-6264.
COVID-19 is not specific to an ethnicity or race — disease does not discriminate. Racist behaviors or stereotyping are not tolerated at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. If you are a member of the UW–Madison community and experience harassment or discrimination, you are encouraged to file a bias incident report (for students) or a complaint with the Office of Compliance (for employees).
Resources for Specific Communities
Resources for Families, Kids and College Students
Awareness Practice for Kids
In this practice, lead by Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson, kids can learn a technique to cultivate their attention through being aware of their senses.
Finger Tracing Practice for Kids
Center well-being expert Chad McGehee shares a mindfulness-based practice to help kids calm the mind.
Being Mindful During a 'Thought Parade'
McGehee shares strategies for young adults on how to relate to our flurry of thoughts with a more mindful attitude.
More Well-Being, Decoded
Learn the latest from our research, see recent media mentions and experience some of the practices we study.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Tonglen for Eco-Anxiety
Eco-anxiety is fear and distress regarding the environmental and climate crises we face today. Tonglen is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice that focuses on giving and receiving, and can be particularly helpful when dealing with eco-anxiety and climate despair. Dekila Chungyalpa, Director of the Loka Initiative, shares a nine-minute practice designed to transform your eco-anxiety into the motivation to heal others.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Interdependence With Nature
Reawakening a sense of connection to all beings on the earth is a way to feel part of something bigger, and can help enhance awareness as we notice the ways in which our lives are deeply connected with everything on the planet. Dekila Chungyalpa, Director of the Loka Initiative, shares a five-minute practice designed to strengthen your experience of interconnectedness with the natural world using breath and awareness.
Four Ways to Cultivate Purpose
Science suggests that having a sense of purpose is vitally important to well-being - both for our physical health and our state of mind. There’s growing research that shows a clear sense of purpose is one of the cornerstones of human flourishing.
How We Can Reconnect with Each Other and the Planet During Crisis
Dekila Chungyalpa, Director of the Loka Initiative, recently hosted a conversation with Lama Rod Owens, a Buddhist teacher, author and minister from Harvard Divinity School, on ways people can understand the messiness and pain of this moment, but also the opportunity for profound change and transformation that can unfold.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Clarity in Uncertain Times
When thoughts and reactions overwhelm us, we can see more clearly by reframing things with insight and appreciation. This 10-minute practice helps to regain clarity during uncertain times.