Health & well being

What to do if you feel sick


Holistic well-being

Organizational Effectiveness & Human Resources has set up a web page with resources to help faculty & staff with their well-being. Resources include counseling, meditation, and a series for self-care during times of grief and stress.

Visit the OE/HR well-being page


UW Seattle coronavirus resources


Mental & physical well-being: Tips from UW Bothell experts



Reduce stress and support yourself and those around you. 


  1. Take time for self-care. Eat a regular, well-balanced diet. Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Get adequate sleep. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Try to spend some time outdoors. 
  2. Take time to relax. Now is the time for you to enjoy the hobbies and activities that give you joy and tap into your creative side. This is a great way to unwind from the news cycle.
  3. Disconnect from the news. Set time each day to NOT view the news. This allows you to think about things that you enjoy.
  4. Make connections. FaceTime, Zoom, or text family, friends and neighbors. Spend precious time with your pets and others in your community at a safe social distance. Keep your emotional connections alive. Get in touch with old friends and pick up where you left off.
  5. Cultivate gratitude and appreciation. Express thanks to others, verbally, mentally, with a written note or other means. Identify something good and positive, think about what went right, focus on what you are grateful for, each day. Another way to nurture gratitude is through prayers and/or meditation, or you can do a walking meditation and focus on the flowers, sky, grass, water and trees.
  6. Get the facts about the novel coronavirus. UW’s Center for Informed PublicAmerican Public Health Association and the National Institute of Mental Health’s Managing Stress are some helpful sites.
  7. Protect yourself and others. Stay healthy and safe by washing your hands often, and practice physical distancing. Wear a mask outside if physical distancing is not possible. Try to stay home and stay healthy as Governor Inslee suggests!

Sources: Dean Shari DworkinLecturer Hoa AppelSenior Lecturer Annie Bruck and Assistant Professor Kosuke Niitsu of the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Set up an ergonomic work/study area

Ergonomic suggestions for ways to create comfort in a remote learning/work environment.

  1. Ergonomics is about fitting the job to the person. Take a few moments to find what feels best for you while working from home.
  2. When possible, use a regular monitor, mouse and keyboard. These tools are designed for an 8-hour desk workday.
  3. Your home is full of tools to keep you working in an ergonomic position. Try different chairs, boxes and blankets for your setup. Ensure you are listening to your body for signs of stress. Change positions frequently, moving your entire body at different points throughout the day.
  4. Check out these links to perform self-assessments, learn best practices and do more research:

Source: Environmental Health, Safety & Emergency Management.