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A person meditates on a dock looking towards a lake. // Image from Pixabay

A person meditates on a dock overlooking a lake. // Image from Pixabay

Wellness tips for staff and faculty during COVID-19

November 4, 2020 — 

Faculty, staff, students. COVID-19 has created a challenging time for us all. Here are some tips to stay healthy and flourishing.

Stay Connected

Stay in contact with your colleagues and supervisors. During remote work, team collaboration and communication can become disconnected, and it can help to consciously find ways to connect. Reach out to others, and encourage them to reach out to you. Look for opportunities to stay connected; share concerns and questions through a variety of communication channels. Have patience with yourself and others as you all adapt to the COVID-related changes.

Stay informed in a healthy way

Stay informed by accessing a few reliable sources of evidence-based information, but limit media consumption. For up-to-date, reliable information, go to Manitoba Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada, or the World Health Organization

Take care of yourself and encourage others to do the same

Recognize that your feelings are a normal reaction to a very abnormal event.  It is more important than ever to pay attention to your well-being. This should include engaging in self-care, prioritizing wellness and seeking support as needed.

To take care of yourself: Be active. Calm your mind by practicing mindfulness. Take your lunch break. Start and end your day by practicing gratitude. Practice self-care strategies and encourage colleagues to do the same. We suggest checking out The Working Mind Self-Care and Resilience Guide.

Further resources

These tips have been adapted with permission from UBC Human Resources

Want to learn more about maintaining your mental health and boosting your resilience?

Watch these videos posted by the Conference Board of Canada (scroll down to the videos section), or search the many available articles on this topic at Seek support if you are struggling. If you are experiencing anxiety due to the pandemic, find out more about Manitoba’s new mental health virtual therapy resource, AbilitiCBT.

In need of some further support? Check out these employee resources

All employees (staff and faculty) and their immediate family have access to the Employee & Family Assistance Program which provides free, 24/7 crisis supports, counselling, and wellness resources ( or 1-800-387-4765). Sign up to their Heartbeat Newsletter for up-to-date resource information, wellness articles and webinar opportunities.

There’s also NEW Online Group Counselling to support you during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Group topics include anxiety, parenting and communication skills for managing relationships. Go to and click on the “Online Group Counselling” link for more information.

Are you a supervisor or manager looking to support your team’s well-being during COVID-19?
Looking for resources about parenting during COVID-19?

The World Health Organization and UNICEF have numerous resources available for parents; check out:

Need some tips for a healthy home workspace? 
Working to support students? 
  • Find student resources here.


For more information on UM response, see UM COVID updates and resources.

Contact Employee Wellness or your HR Consultant for more HR information and resources. 

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