Self-care resources compiled by librarians for the Collaborative Guide to Pandemic Pedagogy

By March 30, 2020



  • Backyard birding and wildlife watching
  • Bob Ross
  • Cook or bake
  • Cross stitch!
  • Digital jigsaw puzzling
  • Free grown up (and some kid friendly) coloring pages at
  • Free watercolor, lettering, and journaling resources Let’s Make Art
  • If you have a Nintendo Switch, Just Dance 2020 is very fun!
  • If you play a musical instrument, use it to express your feelings
    • and record and share with others if you are brave!
  • Knitting!
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Make something however simple (or not) – just so you have something that’s not related to your situation or lack of normalcy
  • MEMES for humor
  • Puzzles (jigsaw, crossword) or Legos
  • Prayer and/or worship
  • Quizzes! Sporcle allows you to earn badges and challenge other players!
  • Reading!
  • S’mores with family outside getting fresh air around a fire
  • Watch some of your favorite uplifting shows/movies
  • Words with Friends

Meditation/ Stress Management

  • The app Headspace
  • Calm Free Resources
  • Mindshift app. Track anxiety, tools to calm down, etc. 


  • Exercise
  • Go for walks if you’re able
  • LOTS of yoga I use the app from Yoga (it’s excellent), free videos at and, the Down Dog app is also offering free membership for several weeks during this time.
  • Virtual yoga!
  • Walk “to and from” work. Arrange your desk space in the morning and go on a walk. Come home to your workspace. At the end of the day, clean up your workspace and leave for your walk. Come home to your living space. 



  • Subscribe to a meal-delivery service (e.g., Freshly) to avoid trips to the store
    • Similarly to above, Bite toothpaste ships to your house, as does Humankind which makes tablets that turn into mouthwash. They’re both plastic-free too.