Dear PT Students,
This last week has seen some unprecedented changes and certainly stress from many angles. We are now frequently told to stay safe and keep well, but what exactly does that look like? Besides practicing social distancing and proper hand hygiene – what should we be doing to stay well? To help you manage this difficult transition period we’ve adapted a resource developed by the Rehabilitation Science Graduate Students’ Union.
Strategies for PT Students to Stay Well During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Seek practical, credible information at specific times of the day
Review the credible resources below to educate yourself on the key information, try to keep perspective and limit your time watching the news/scrolling Twitter if you find it’s too upsetting.
- Develop a wellness plan
During such challenging times, it’s important to reflect and develop an individualized plan for wellness – this can help you better cope and adapt. The Instagram post on uoftpt_students this week had some great ideas. Commit to setting aside time, review the resources below, identify the points that resonate with you, set goals and share your plan with loved ones to keep you on track.
- Connect with fellow PT students
Do you have a question regarding virtual classes? Are you interested in exchanging wellness plans? Have you come across a useful resource/funny tweet that’s worth sharing? Continue to reach out to your online community.
- Keep to your daily routines as much as possible
Keeping to your daily routine may be difficult in light of these uncertain times and especially when working from home. As much as possible, keep to a schedule, structure your day as if you’re still going to school. Try to dedicate a specific space for work, make a plan for what you need to work on for the day and make sure to schedule in your wellness time.
- Exercise regularly and practice habits that you enjoy and find relaxing
Find time to fit in an exercise routine, a mindfulness session or a hobby you enjoy during the day. Being engaged in something you enjoy will help reduce stress. For example, try going outside for some fresh air – you might be surprised how much this small thing can help. If you need inspiration, there are also plenty of tutorials online that you can follow.
- Be okay with being unproductive sometimes
This is not a usual circumstance. A lot is changing very quickly. That can be scary and stressful – so it’s ok feel scared and stressed. Give yourself permission to take time to adjust. We’ll get through it together.
Keep well – we are in this together.
Mental Health Resources
WHO’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak
WHO’s Q&A on Mental Health during COVID-19
Insulating for isolation: A mental Health checklist for getting through quarantine
Coping with stress during infectious disease outbreaks
Seven tips for staying grounded as the world grapples with COVID-19: U of T expert
U of T Resources
U of T’s COVID-19 Central Information Hub: https://www.utoronto.ca/message-from-the-university-regarding-the-coronavirus
Submit a question to U of T about COVID-19: https://www.utoronto.ca/covid19-contact
Seven tips for staying grounded as the world grapples with COVID-19: U of T expert: https://www.utoronto.ca/news/seven-tips-staying-grounded-world-grapples-covid-19-u-t-expert
Student Support Options at U of T
- My SSP for U of T Students https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie/myssp 1-844-451-9700. Immediate counselling support is available in 35 languages and ongoing support in 146 languages.
- Good 2 Talk https://good2talk.ca/ Student Helpline 1-866-925-5454. Professional counselling, information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being.
- Gerstein Crisis Centre http://gersteincentre.org/ 416-929-5200
- Distress Centres of Greater Toronto https://www.torontodistresscentre.com/408-help-line 416-408-HELP (4357)
- The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at 250 College Street https://goo.gl/maps/HT2TBhVQvzQ2
- Anishnawbe Health Toronto Mental Health Crisis Line http://aht.ca/ 416-360-0486
U of T CTSI: https://teaching.utoronto.ca/
U of T School of Graduate Studies: https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/covid19/
U f T Student Life: https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/bts/covid-19
Peel Public Health: http://www.peelregion.ca/coronavirus/
Public Health Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
Public Health Agency of Canada : https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
University of Michigan: https://lsa.umich.edu/content/dam/rll-assets/rll-docs/Study%20Habits.pdf
KPU Preebooks – Learning to Learn Online: https://kpu.pressbooks.pub/learningtolearnonline/
Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: https://keepteaching.ca/teaching/#el
U of T CTSI: https://teaching.utoronto.ca/
Free online cardiorespiratory courses from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association: https://physiotherapy.ca/covid-19-resourcescourses
Cardiorespiratory courses from Physiopedia: https://www.physio-pedia.com/Category:Cardiopulmonary
Physiotherapy and Critical Care Management from The Clinical Skills Development Service: https://central.csds.qld.edu.au/central/courses/108
Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators Notice:https://www.alliancept.org/
Canadian Physiotherapy Association: https://physiotherapy.ca/
Ontario Physiotherapy Association: https://opa.on.ca/
College of Physiotherapists of Ontario: https://www.collegept.org/news/2020/03/20/covid-19-summary-of-directive-for-health-care-providers