UPDATED: May 11 | Digital First Aid Kit For Nurses — Nurses Week 2020

A list of mental health resources for nurses on the job who are experiencing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic


Here's a Digital First Aid Kit, with links to free apps, trials and guides for nurses and healthcare workers to help cope during this time of crisis.

UPDATE: New Zoom Video

Tools for Calm: Mindfulness For Nurses

Leslie Philips, MS, Ph.D., senior director, and Danielle Sewell, senior program manager, mindfulness teaching & initiatives, SEIU Local 775 Benefits Group, explore the science and benefits of mindfulness

Calm Meditation App

This app is a great beginner’s introduction to mediation and mindfulness. Sessions are tailored depending on your goals (e.g., reducing stress, better sleep, reducing anxiety) and last between 2 to 35 minutes. Great for nurses who can only find short windows of time during the day.  


Les Mills Workouts on Demand

This subscription-based workout program is a great way of keeping active during social distancing. Les Mills offers a number of workouts you can stream If you had a gym membership prior to the pandemic, you could sign up at a discounted rate. 


NYT on Coping with Anxiety

Based on Dr. Harriet Lerner’s best-selling book, “The Dance With Fear,” this New York Times article goes through 10 ways of easing anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. One great reminder: Don’t be afraid to ask for help — something we can easily forget when stress levels are high.  

Stop, Breathe & Think App

Another guided meditation app, Stop, Breathe & Think helps build a habit of meditation with emotional checks-ins and a progress tracker. The app even offers a version for children so your family can join in.   


Down Dog Yoga App

This yoga app is currently free until the month of July for healthcare workers. It includes yoga for beginners, HIIT workouts, and short seven-minute workouts. Down Dog Yoga is great way to keep up your regular exercise routine and maintain overall mental health during social distancing and work.

Come back later as Nurses Week progresses — we will be adding live videos with SEIU nurses on other ways to manage stress. 

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