Addressing Mental Health as a Leader

We are collectively living through an incredibly stressful moment in history that is lasting longer than some of us expected. It is putting extra strain on everyone – families, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. It is changing our ideas of “normal,” and change is stressful. The strain and stress is causing many of us to struggle […]

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Food Safety & COVID-19: Do We Need to Worry About Food Packaging?

Stories in the news have prompted consumers to ask questions about the survival of the coronavirus on food packaging surfaces.  Laboratory studies have shown that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for up to several days and China recently banned food imports from several counties after finding viral RNA on food packaging. Is this cause for concern? […]

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Go Out of Your Way to be Kind

Kindness comes in many forms. Collaboration is kindness. Forgiveness is kindness. Flexibility is kindness. Acknowledging others’ struggles is kindness. Checking in is kindness. Patience is kindness. View/download a PDF version of Tip 18 – Kindness Compassionate Care in Crisis: Tips for caring for others & ourselves during COVID-19. For most people, COVID-19 will be associated […]

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How Do You Rest?

Reflect upon the ways you rest best… View/download a PDF version of Tip 17 – How do you rest Compassionate Care in Crisis: Tips for caring for others & ourselves during COVID-19. For most people, COVID-19 will be associated with increased uncertainty and stress. When we are under acute stress we are more likely to […]

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Listening

As we continue to manage the multiple stressors in our pandemic world, it is critical to prioritize active listening. Many people are experiencing unprecedented amounts of stress. Offering predictable and focused time to reflect and process is necessary for resilience. Have you considered finding out how others are really doing? Video: How to Help a […]

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Why Rest?

Reflect upon the benefits that rest brings to you and those you love… View/download a PDF version of Tip 15 – Why Rest Compassionate Care in Crisis: Tips for caring for others & ourselves during COVID-19. For most people, COVID-19 will be associated with increased uncertainty and stress. When we are under acute stress we […]

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Navigating Fear of the Unknown

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought, for many of us, an unprecedented amount of fear into our lives. Much of this fear comes from facing hard questions that don’t have easy answers or tolerable implications… View/download a PDF version of Tip 14 – Fear of the Unknown Compassionate Care in Crisis: Tips for caring for others […]

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Updated: Food and COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their recommendations on food handling during this time of COVID-19.  The recommendations are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.  Highlights of the recommendations are: There continues to be no evidence that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is associated with handling food or consuming food.  Coronaviruses are […]

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Emotional Safety

During difficult times, creating safe, dedicated space to communicate is critical… View/download a PDF version of Tip 13 – Emotional Safety Compassionate Care in Crisis: Tips for caring for others & ourselves during COVID-19. For most people, COVID-19 will be associated with increased uncertainty and stress. When we are under acute stress we are more […]

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Financial Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Financial resources continue to be available to those needing assistance during the pandemic. The Division of Extension has compiled many of these resources into the Financial Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19 website at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/toughtimes/covid-19-financial-resources/. This website has information on state and federal programs including unemployment assistance, rental assistance, utility assistance, and many other resources […]

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