During these uncertain times, we wanted to provide some links to free resources for students who are doing their best to contribute to the wellness and safety of Canadians through social distancing and self-isolation. These resources can help to address some of the stress or boredom you may be experiencing while spending time away from friends and family, and help enhance your general health and wellbeing. 

Before you start, visit the Calgary Public Library and sign up online for your free library card, if you haven’t already. Many of the below resources require a Calgary Public Library log-in to access, but don’t worry! It’s free, easy, and quick to sign up. 

    1. SWEAT: FitnessBlender.com
      This website offers an extensive array of free at-home workout videos, many of them requiring very little to no equipment.



    1. WATCH: The National Film Board of Canada
      The National Film Board of Canada has over 4,000 experimental films, fiction and interactive works, documentaries, and animations available to stream for free. Don’t know where to start? For some recommended films, check out this article.



    1. LISTEN: Recommended Canadian Podcasts
      This article outlines some top picks that will help you discover your next binge-worthy podcast, as recommended by Canadian podcast industry insiders.


    1. SMILE: An online version of the most popular class taught in Yale’s history, has just been made available for free online.
      You might have heard of the “The Science of Wellbeing”, a course originally taught at Yale in 2018, that received loads of hype and rave reviews by students. The course ties together elements of positive psychology and behavioral science “…to tackle misconceptions surrounding happiness, question our own high expectations, overcome biases, and deploy actionable strategies to be happier in our own day-to-day lives” (source).  You can register and gain access for free starting March 30.



    1. BREATHE: “7 meditation and mindfulness apps with free tools for coronavirus anxiety”
      This article contains a collection of popular meditation and mindfulness apps that may help you stay in the moment and catch your breath amidst swirling stresses, and this additional free resource by CALM has some fantastic starting points for your daily zen.



    1. STRETCH: Down Dog and DoYogaWithMe.com
      Down Dog has recently just made their nifty yoga app free until May 1st, enabling you to access their Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout programs at your leisure. For a desktop experience of guided yoga for any skill level, visit Do Yoga With Me to get started from the comfort of your living room.



    1. READ: Calgary Public Library OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks
      Access e-books and audio readers for free, and tap into a huge collection of literature on your computer, mobile device, or e-reader. While you’re at it, download their free e-reader and audiobook app ‘Libby’ to instantly browse thousands of titles.



    1. LEARN: Lynda.com
      Gain access to thousands of hours of video tutorials that Lynda.com offers, through the link above using your Calgary Public Library card log-in. Take advantage of these extensive learning opportunities all at your own pace, in areas like software development, design, business, web development, and photography.



    1. PLAY: ArtistWorks
      Finally, sit down with that instrument you’ve been meaning to learn and use your Calgary Public Library card to log in and access world-class music instruction through step-by-step video lessons free of charge.



    1. CONNECT: The best free video conferencing apps explained.
      Don’t let isolation hold you back from being an (online) social butterfly! Now is a great time to have some face-to-face screen-time with a friend or loved one from the safety of your home using one of these easy to use free apps.



If you or anyone you know is struggling with the emotional effects of isolation visit the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) page “Mental Health and Covid 19”  to find out about healthy coping mechanisms, and ways to obtain help.