Wellness Wednesdays

 

 

Spring 2020: Issue 3

 

Dear Tompkins Cortland Faculty, Staff, and Students: 

For our third issue of Wellness Wednesdays we thought it was a good time to think about self-care, including the many strategies, interests, hobbies, people, pets, and places that bring us up when we’re down and help us settle down when needed. Thankfully it’s spring, and for lots of us there are opportunities to get outside, move a bit, breathe fresh air, and even get some sun. We hope you are taking care of yourself.

In addition, it’s normal to think and feel this isn’t normal, and if you are struggling with isolation, worry, or even an extreme case of boredom, we want you to know there are many resources in our community and we would be happy to connect you with support or something new.

We all know collective isolation and unifying efforts are bringing out compassion and caring for others (there are countless stories of people helping and loving one another in this strange time) but I also believe they are prompting us to better our individual selves, underscoring an appreciation of technology and human connection as well as independence, self-reliance, curiosity, new and old interests, and the natural world around us.

Yes, we are in this together, we aren’t going anywhere, and yes, we’ll be back in our offices, classes, and activities. Not soon, necessarily, but it will happen, and we can look forward to it.

Thank you greatly to those colleagues who continue working on campus daily to supervise, clean, cook, fix, repair, support students, and do countless other things that need to happen for a safe and functioning college campus with remote learning. You are truly essential and we appreciate you.

Please be well and let us know if you are in need of a hand. We’re here for you, as you are for us.

Gone fishing,
Matthew W. Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services  

 

This Week:
Self-Care

 

Updates from our Community

 

 

Faculty and Staff are finding tons of ways to take care of themselves and others through this! Whether it's staying at home cuddling with pets, showing support (from a safe distance) for our health care professionals, focusing on exercise goals, or simply kicking back with Netflix, we are all doing our best and taking care of our selves.

 

Self-Care Tips:

  • Eat healthy foods
  • Stay physically active
  • Get regular sleep and rest
  • Create a sense of structure and routine in daily life
  • Connect socially with friends and family, while maintaining physical distance 

Read more at npr.org.

 

Staying Active

Especially in these times when we need to physically distance ourselves, staying active and getting outside can go a long way to helping us feel good. 

A few local places people might want to consider are trails at Lime Hollow Nature Center and the Schug Trail. You can check out local trails at ithacatrails.org.

Some of us enjoy walking alone, others might want to pick up or re-visit an outdoor hobby, such as fishing or gardening, for example. 

Sunlight, fresh air and the great outdoors can absolutely be a helpful tool for taking care of ourselves right now.

 

Being Social

 

Perks of STAYING IN(volved)!? Safely connect with peers, be entertained, earn prizes, and expand upon your soft skills. The Student Activities Office is continuing programming virtually so you don’t miss out on ways to stay busy. Take advantage of these opportunities – there is always something in it for you!
 

 

Stay IN(VOLVED)!

 

Two of our upcoming student events that should be fun are:

Virtual Caricature Happy Hour on April 14 from 1-3pm
Paint and Sip on April 22 from 4-6pm

 

 

Weekly Tik Tok Competition

 

Check out The Quarantine Workout from Associate Professor of Nursing Lisa Seyfried, part of the Student Life Tik Tok Competition!
Check out info on this week's theme.

 

Ask for Help, Offer Support

Self-care isn't all about going at it alone. Offering support and connection to those in our life can often make us feel good, but just as important is to have a support system of people you can go to when you need a little help.
 

Mental Health & Recovery Support

 

 

The Office of Mental Health Services is continuing to offer support and guidance as we all navigate this challenging and unusual time. Phone consultations are available by appointment to all students. We can be reached at 607.844.6577. 


NYS has also launched a COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline (1-844-863-9314).

 

The Tompkins Cortland Collegiate Recovery Program is holding weekly Zoom Recovery Support Meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1pm , as well as Al-Anon Meetings on Tuesdays 11-12pm . For one-on-one support and links to local meetings (not college affiliated), please email Ashley Dickson

Need other types of supports? Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide.

 

 

8 out of 10 Tompkins Cortland students either don't drink or only drink 1-3 drinks when they do. If you drink alcohol, it's important to be aware of how much you drink and for what reasons. Especially in challenging times like these, some may turn to substances like alcohol for comfort or release. Check out an interesting article on the topic of alcohol use and coronavirus 

Did you know? The NIAAA advises those who do drink to drink moderately: No more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink for women.

 

Information on COVID-19

 

For information on COVID-19 and the overall situation, it is important to use valuable, well-sourced information. Here are some resources for you:

Tompkins Cortland Community College will continue to make updates as necessary on our website.

 

Stay Connected with us: Your Health Services Team!

 

Matt Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services, has been enjoying the opening of fishing season, spending time with Nadia and Sully, and, of course, watching Netflix.

Sayre ParadisoHealth Services Office Manager, spends her time hiking, cooking healthy meals, and playing with LEGO. Doing things to keep her brain active and hands busy!

 

Sara Watrous, AOD Prevention Coordinator, is spending her time outside with her family, catching up on podcasts, and having nightly dance parties with her son, Felix.

Ashley Dickson, Recovery Program Coordinator, spends time with their cat, plays video games, and helps with Student Activities events!

 

Who To Reach Out To

Wondering who can help you? This should help!

Questions for Health Services or about TC3 health related information? Email our Director, Matt Kiechle

Have an important TC3 student concern? Email our Vice President for Student Services.

Have a specific healthcare concern related to COVID-19 or other medical condition? Contact UCM, your medical provider or your local Health Department. Unsure on who to reach out to? You can always ask us for advice. 

Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide

 

 

 

 

Spring 2020: Issue 2

Dear Tompkins Cortland Faculty, Staff, and Students: 

We're back in classes this week, teaching and learning remotely, furthering our educational and institutional goals while we stay safe and help protect our community. 
Many of us are also in our third week of staying home and away from friends, family, and even interests and hobbies.  For some, maybe even all of us, staying connected has become more challenging than ever, which is why our second issue of Wellness Wednesdays is focused on ways and reasons for us to engage with and support one another.  
Additionally, often and certainly now, shared perspective, admiration, and humor provide much of the foundation on which many of Health Services' connections are built and sustained.  You'll find that here and we hope you enjoy this Wellness Wednesdays with us.

- Matthew W. Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services  

Staying Connected

 

Tompkins Cortland President Dr. Orinthia Montague shares a brief message about staying connected.

Stay Connected with Tompkins Cortland

Stay IN(VOLVED)!

 


The Student Life department's Tik Tok Challenge enters Week 2 with a new dance theme, announced by Dr. O! This week's challenge...the Macarena! 

Click here to participate! 


 

Online Resources for Exercise!

Athletics and Recreation is offering virtual Yoga with Tammi for students and staff.


 

 

April 1 is Yards for Yeardley!
You can still participate and help us reach our goal of 500,000 yards (284 miles)! Take a walk, get on a treadmill, or move around your home. Post a pic in your Instagram story or on Facebook and tag the TCStudentLife accounts or send an email and include how far you walked. 

 

This week is National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week! Did you know that the majority of TC students are smart when it comes to substance use!? 

  • 8 out of 10 students either DON'T drink OR only have 1-3 drinks when they do.
  • 8 out of 10 students DON'T smoke weed, and 9 out of 10 students DON'T use everyday. 

 

 

Stay Connected with Friends and Family

 

Check out suggestions on Love/Dating and Keeping Connected with Friends!

Video Chat Services! There are so many options, and for many of us the best way to stay connected is through one (or all) of these!


Skype - Commonly used for one-on-one video and text chatting, this is a free service with an option to pay for expanded features.
Zoom - Ideal for groups of 3 or more people, with the added bonus of streamlined screen and file sharing.
Google Hangouts - This one connects you with people you've been in touch with via gmail and anyone with a google account.
Microsoft Teams - The primary tool for TC3, this is a platform for video chatting, file sharing, and more.
Facetime (Apple Only) - Only accessible on Apple products, Facetime is a good way to contact friends if you have an iPhone or Macbook.
Facebook Messenger - Possibly the easiest way to stay in touch with your Facebook friends.
Snapchat - Snapchat recently added a call and video call feature that works well if you don't have another way to contact a friend.
Marco Polo - Designed to let you post short videos your friends can see and respond to, Marco Polo is a great way to leave inspiring (or goofy) messages for your friends to watch and rewatch.

 

Online Games for Groups! Once you've found the video chat app for you, connect and play some games!

 

Stay Connected with News

 

Trevor Noah interviews Dr. Fauci on The Daily Social Distancing Show

 

John Krasinski debuts his "Some Good News" show with some good news and an interview with costar Steve Carell on the 15th anniversary of hit show "The Office."

 

 

 

Stay Connected with Support

 

The Tompkins Cortland Collegiate Recovery Program will be holding Zoom Recovery Support Meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 1pm here, as well as Al-Anon Meetings on Tuesdays at 11am here. For information and links to local meetings (not college affiliated), please email Ashley Dickson

Need other types of supports? Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide.

 

United Concierge Medicine (UCM) is like a virtual Doctor's Office. If you are a student at Tompkins Cortland, you have free access. Simply download the UCMnow app for your iOS or Android device and one touch gets you 24/7 access to a caring health care provider. UCM is accessible via telephone 844.484.7362, video conference and secure messaging, day and night.

When you call or use the app, they will need a few things from you: Your first and last name, your date of birth, and your student ID number. After check-in is complete a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner will call you back (at most a 30-minute wait). If a prescription is required, it will be sent to a pharmacy of your choice.

 

 

The Office of Mental Health Services (OMHS) is continuing to offer support and guidance as we all navigate this challenging and unusual time. Phone consultations are available by appointment to all students, whether you have previously connected with an OMHS clinician or you are newly accessing our services. We can be reached at 607.844.6577. Please visit us online for more info. 


NYS has also launched a COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline (1-844-863-9314). The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support. Learn more here

 

 

Stay Connected with Humor

 

Health Services staff offer you these carefully curated memes for your enjoyment in this trying time:

 

 

 

 

Quarantine Arguments

 

 

 

We Want to Hear From You

 

Click below to take a (super short!) 4 question survey so we can send you information and resources you want to see! Your input is appreciated. 

 

Quick Survey

 

 

Information on COVID-19

 

For information on COVID-19 and the overall situation, it is important to use valuable, well sourced information. Here are some resources for you:

Tompkins Cortland Community College will continue to make updates as necessary here.

 

 

Stay Connected with us: Your Health Services Team!

 

Matt Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services

Sayre Paradiso, Health Services Office Manager

 

 

Sara Watrous, AOD Prevention Coordinator 

Ashley Dickson, Recovery Program Coordinator

 

Who To Reach Out To

Wondering who can help you? This should help!

Questions for Health Services or about TC3 health related information? Email our Director, Matt Kiechle

Have an important TC3 student concern? Email our Vice President for Student Services.

Have a specific healthcare concern related to COVID-19 or other medical condition? Contact UCM, your medical provider or your local Health Department. Unsure on who to reach out to? You can always ask us for advice. 

Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide here

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2020: Issue 1

Dear Tompkins Cortland Faculty, Staff, and Students:

In recent weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has created individual and collective challenges for all of us including concern for our health and that of our family and friends, transitioning to remote learning, practicing good hand washing and social distancing strategies, abiding by state and local recommendations and expectations, and many more.

Moving forward in this unprecedented environment, it is important we attend to and support our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.  With that in mind, Health Services is launching Wellness Wednesdays, a weekly campaign to provide up-to-date information, resources, and tips to help us take care of ourselves and one another.

Additionally, while we study, learn, and work from home, it will be important for us to stay connected.

Each week you will receive coordinated Wellness Wednesdays messages across multiple platforms to inform, support, and engage.

As our College and community continue to prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we in Health Services hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.  Please look for more Wellness Wednesdays messages to come.

Matthew W. Kiechle, Interim Director of Health Services  

 

This Week:

COVID-19 Resources

For information on COVID-19 and the overall situation, it is important to use valuable, well sourced information. Here are some resources for you:

Together we can help stop the spread of coronavirus. Learn ways to protect yourself and others at www.cdc.gov/covid19.

 

Statement from Health Services

A brief message from Ashley on behalf of Health Services.  Transcript available.

 

 

Health Services Plan 

Every Wednesday we will be releasing a newsletter with content on specific topics relevant to our students. We continue to offer certain services remotely and we are working with our Residence Life colleagues to ensure that our students who remain on campus have access to health resources.

 

Students Can Access Healthcare via UCM

United Concierge Medicine (UCM) is available to all currently enrolled students for free. 24/7, you can get speak with a medical provider using your phone. Click here to access their site and connect with a medical professional now! 

 

Recovery Supports Continue

The Tompkins Cortland Collegiate Recovery Program will be holding Zoom Recovery Support meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 1pm here. These meetings are open to our entire campus community. 

Local recovery meetings are being held online via Zoom in both Tompkins and Cortland Counties, and in communities across the country. For information and links to local meetings (not college affiliated), please email Ashley Dickson. We are happy to help get you connected to supports! 

We Want to Hear From You

Click below to take a (super short!) 4 question survey so we can send you information and resources you want to see! Your input is appreciated. 

Quick Survey

 

Time On Your Hands?
Create Your Own Handwashing Song

 Build your own handwashing song!

 

Live Your Best Life Remotely!

We want to know how you are continuing to live your Best Life despite being away from campus. Send us a photo of how you are staying active and healthy and living your best life. We will share photos (with your permission) in upcoming newsletters! 

Send Us a Photo

 

Stay In Touch

Wondering who can help you? This should help!

Questions for Health Services or about TC3 health related information? Email our Director, Matt Kiechle

Have an important TC3 student concern? Email our Vice President for Student Services.

Have a specific healthcare concern related to COVID-19 or other medical condition? 
Contact UCM, your medical provider or your local Health Department. Unsure on who to reach out to? You can always ask us for advice. 

Check out the Spring 2020 Student Resource Guide here