We Care, We Share

 

 

We Care, We Share – Resilience tools for COVID-19

 

 

We are facing a global health crisis. The impacts are complex and it is affecting us all. The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many people to stay home. People in quarantine play a huge role in preventing transmission of the virus and 21 days quarantine isn’t easy. This is a challenge, however, it can be an opportunity as well. The UN Bhutan will share useful online learning and cultural resources every day to help people in quarantine and the general public to learn new things, build resilience, and share solidarity. We, the United Nations, care for everyone, who is affected by COVID-19 pandemic. We Care, We Share.

 

 

 

 

Bhutanese Role Models for Sustainability and Positive Change

(Illustration credit to HOPE-covid19 Bhutan)

  1. Story from Yeshey, Bhutanese UNV nurse in Congo: During this COVID-19 pandemic, I have learnt that just as we enjoy good times, as a human being, we must equally accept the bad times gracefully. (click for the story)
  2. Story from Namgyel Wangchuk, founder of Youth Caring Community (YCC): “My inspiration in life comes from being an active citizen, there’s a popular phrase about living the moment like there’s no tomorrow. To do something today. That really inspires me.” (click for the story)
  3. Story from Tshering Choden, owner of Food Affair restaurant: “People have their own way of contributing, of being responsible in their small ways and playing their part. We plan on donating food until the end of COVID-19, it’s the least this restaurant can do for the nation.” (click for the story)
  4. Story from Denkar Getaway, first travel blogger and De-suung:”It’s all about positivity and passion. There will always be opportunities. We just need to work hard. And then nothing can stop you, not even a rolling stone.”(click for the story)
  5. Story from Sadon Lhamo, a flight attendant with Druk Air during the COVID-19: “I am happy to be able to do something in a crisis by going to work whenever I am required too. For right now, this is how I can contribute.”(click for the story)

 

 

 

(A list of useful links is updated every day.)

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Personal Resilience includes Mindfulness Exercise

(Credit to Tashi Draws)

  1. Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 workbook(Bay psychology) – Learn to accept your feelings, tolerate distress and move forward with grace despite not knowing what lies ahead.
  2. The Science of Well-Being(Yale University, via Coursera)
  3. Building Resilience in the Face of COVID-19(Linda Graham, MFT)
  4. British Museum, London(Google Virtual tour) 
  5. 4 Meditation Techniques to Help Bust Your Stress(livestrong)

 

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Mental Health 

(Credit to Tashi Draws)

  1. Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health(University of Sydney, via Coursera)
  2. Six Daily Questions to Ask Yourself in Quarantine(Greater Good Magazine)
  3. How to handle stress during the pandemic(UNDP)
  4. This 5-Minute Gratitude Exercise Can Help Ease Stress and Support Your Immune System(livestrong)
  5. The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong(Amy Morin,via TEDxOcala)
  6. COVID-19: your voices against stigma and discrimination (UNICEF)
  7. Life under lockdown – practical tips from the UN
  8. Digital Safety tips from the UN
  9. The happy secret to better work | Shawn Achor (TedTalk)

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Good Health and Nutrition

(Credit to Tashi Draws)

  1. Food for thought: 7 tips on keeping a healthy diet in the face of Coronavirus (WFP) 
  2. Food and nutrition tips during self-quarantine(World Bank)
  3. Are you pregnant and worried about COVID-19? Watch this!(UNFPA)
  4. Good food: Healthy food recipe(BBC)
  5. 15 food that boost the immune system(Healthline)
  6. 25 simple Tip to Make Your Diet Healthier(Healthline)

 

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Physical exercises

(Credit to Tashi Draws)

  1. Staying fit in the time of COVID-19 – tips from the UN 
  2. Q&A: Be Active during COVID-19 (WHO)
  3. Yoga online class by the Indian Embassy(The Indian Embassy) – The yoga class will be live Streamed on ‘India in Bhutan (Embassy of India)’ facebook page from Monday to Friday at 8:30 am for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. 12 workouts you can do from home(UNDP) – You don’t need elaborate equipment to stay fit while isolating at home, especially now that gyms and fitness centers have been shut down in many cities around the world. This list of 12 bodyweight workouts you can do in your living room will help keep you in shape despite the ongoing pandemic, and the exercise routines will help keep both your mind and body healthy while working from home.
  5. 7 Surefire Ways to Stay Motivated to Stick With Your At-Home Workouts(livestrong)
  6. The 7 Hardest Exercises You Can Do at Home When You’re Missing the Gym(livestrong)
  7. The Power of Sport During a Pandemic: Training at Home with Japanese Athletes (UN)

 

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Life-long learning

(Credit to Tashi Draws)

  1. Bhutan Dialogue(UN Bhutan and Loden Foundation) – Bhutan Dialogues aims to invigorate development thinking in Bhutan and challenge experts and practitioners to deliberate on serious issues of development. This is an open space for critical and dynamic conversations with thought leaders and change-makers drawing upon their expertise, achievements and inspiration. Its objective is to refine our ideas and the pursuit of progress, and to align national goals with the global agenda.
  2. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects(McMaster University, via Coursera) – With more than 2 million enrolments, this short course is a natural place to start your journey, offering the mental tools for you to master any new subject.
  3. Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking(Harvard University, via edX) – Professor James Engell will help you to polish your communication skills in this eight-week course.
  4. Free online Ivy League courses(Class Central) – Class Central has created a list with 450 University Courses available for free from Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University.
  5. Free online learning courses(ICTILO) – ICTILO offers a catalogue of 25 free online courses such as the one on Disability in the Workplace that was developed in collaboration with Cornell University.
  6. SDG Academy(UN) – Free educational resources from the world’s leading experts on sustainable development
  7. Online learning: how to acquire new skills during lockdown(The Guardian)
  8. 4 ways to stay productive while working remotely(UNDP) – This article provides tips on how to stay productive while working from home by effectively using technology and space – such as by deploying powerful collaboration tools, maintaining contact with colleagues, and optimizing your workspace.
  9. Telecommuting tips from the UN 

 

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Students entertainments/ learnings

(Credit to Tashi Draws)

  1. Indoor play ideas to stimulate young children at home(UNICEF)
  2. 5 ways to help keep children learning during the COVID-19 pandemic (UNICEF)
  3. How to talk to your child about COVID-19 (UNICEF)
  4. Online Library – Hope COVID Bhutan
  5. Student Guide: 5 fun tips to make sure COVID-19 doesn’t ruin your summer(Actively Learn)

 

 

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