Supporting Your Well-being

During Times of Difficulty — April 17th, 2020 Edition

Dear community,

As we enter the weekend, let's all try to set a specific intention to support our well-being; maybe that's committing to reach out to a friend or family member to check in, maybe it's carving out time to try that new online workout that caught your eye, maybe it's a goal of daily journaling or writing, or maybe it's setting aside space for yourself to just feel and be present. Whatever your intention for the weekend is, we hope these next few days bring you calm, connection, and renewal.

In this newsletter, we wanted to share some ideas to get you started. Learn yoga poses to boost immunity and wellness, try your hand at haiku with a Zoom writing workshop, pay a virtual visit to the Bronx Zoo, or see what stunning image the Hubble telescope captured on your birthday!

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health

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Yoga for Immunity and Well-Being

This article features several simple yoga poses for increasing a sense of groundedness/security, boosting immunity, and creating an overall sense of well-being. These moves can be practiced in a small space alone or with others in your immediate household to help restore calm and balance.

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Social Solidarity Haiku: Writing Workshop via Zoom

Tuesday, April 21st, 4-5:30pm

This is an online event.

Tompkins County Public Library is pleased to invite the public to “Social Solidarity Haiku,” an online writing workshop via Zoom, Tuesday, April 21 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

With this free online writing workshop for all ages, Tompkins County Poet Laureate Melissa Tuckey has a vision: to raise voices in solidarity with the essential workers on the front lines in our community during this crisis. Melissa will share examples of haiku and discuss how the form works, and participants will have the opportunity to practice writing haiku. Strategies for getting the poems into the world will also be shared. Haiku is a Japanese form hundreds of years old with roots in Buddhism. It's a democratic art form that anyone can master.

This free workshop is open to all ages.

The workshop will be offered via ZOOM. Register online at: Once registered, participants will receive an email with details on how to access the workshop. Registration for this event will close on April 17, 2020 at 11:00pm.

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Keep up with the Bronx Zoo Critters

If you're in need of your daily dose of cuteness, pay a virtual visit to the Bronx Zoo and keep up with your favorite animals on their Instagram page. Plus, sneak a peak at the two newly-hatched blue penguin chicks!
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What Did Hubble See on Your Birthday?

It's the Hubble Space Telescope's 30th year in orbit! To celebrate, NASA has created a feature that allows you to see what Hubble saw on your birthday. Simply select the month and day you were born to see an amazing photo of the cosmos from NASA's collection. Or, input the upcoming birthdays of friends and family for beautiful pictures to share with them on their special day!

Bright Spot:

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Cornellians & New Yorkers Work Diligently to Stop Covid

The survey results are in: Cornellians are doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19! Keep up the good work, and follow Governor Cuomo's most recent executive order to wear masks consistently whenever you leave your home. If you don't already have a cloth face mask, here's a quick and easy tutorial on how to make your own using simple household items!

How To Make a Pleated Face Mask // Washable, Reusable, No-Sewing Required
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Talk/Text Resources

If you find yourself struggling or in need of someone to talk to, know that you are not alone.

The following resources are here to support you:

Cornell Resources

  • Cornell Health phone consultation (24/7): 607-255-5155

Ithaca Resources (24/7)

  • Ithaca Crisisline: 800-273-8255
  • Advocacy Center (sexual/domestic violence): 607-277-5000

National Talk-Lines (24/7)

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
  • Trevor Project hotline (LGBTQ+): 866-488-7386
  • LGBT+ National Hotline: 888-843-4564
  • TransLifeline: 877-565-8860

National Text/Chat Services

  • National Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741
  • Steve Fund crisis text line: Text STEVE to 741741 (connects you to a crisis counselor of color)
  • Trevor Project text line (LGBTQ+): Text START to 678678
  • National Suicide Prevention "Lifeline CHAT" service:

Get in Touch

  • Contact Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, Mental Health Promotion Program Director, at
  • Contact Amber Pasha, Public Health Fellow, at
  • All Cornell students, regardless of location, can access medical and mental health services through FREE telehealth appointments with Cornell Health (appointments may be offered by video, phone, or online, depending on your location and need). Our in-person services are currently limited to pre-screened COVID-19 testing and select pharmacy services. As always, please refer to the Cornell Health website for the most up-to-date information regarding our services.