COVID-19 Resources

Dear PT Students,  

These past few weeks have 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

  1. 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. 

  1. 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.  

  1. 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.

  1. 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. 

  1. 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.

  1. 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: 

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_8  

WHO’s Q&A on Mental Health during COVID-19:

 https://twitter.com/WHO/status/1237372330696798208?s=20 

Insulating for isolation: A mental Health checklist for getting through quarantine:

 http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/03/QuarantineChecklist.pdf  

Coping with stress during infectious disease outbreaks:

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf 

Resource hub including links to online exercise classes, virtual museum tours and more:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_uD7IAe8SqTGsbZOeTXW5lCRCnLzv0MZJ8Rx8SFurkc/edit

U of T mindfulness sessions:

http://studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc/mindful-moments

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

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:

U of T CTSI:

https://teaching.utoronto.ca/

U of T School of Graduate Studies:

https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/covid19/

U of T Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education: Virtual Physical Activity Programs:

https://kpe.utoronto.ca/fitness-performance

U of T  Student Life:

https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/bts/covid-19

U of T mindfulness Sessions:

http://studentlife.utoronto.ca/hwc/mindful-moments

General Resources 

Toronto Public Health:

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/diseases-medications-vaccines/coronavirus/  

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  

Learning Resources

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/

Pomodoro YouTube channel – like having a virtual study buddy:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSQkQjPhnZw12Hj-SfsbX8w/videos

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

Professional Resources

Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators Notice:

https://www.alliancept.org/

Canadian Physiotherapy Association:

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