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Taking Care of Yourself During a Pandemic

Resources to promote health and wellness

Renown cares about your health and well-being. It’s important, that during these times, we establish a sense of resilience in our lives. Resilience is our ability to stay mentally and physically healthy when adapting to new situations and overcoming obstacles. Protecting your mental and social well-being is key to resilience during a disease outbreak such as COVID19.

This page will focus on several of the categories below, as well as supply healthcare providers with community resources and discounts.

Take time to build resiliency by engaging in the following:

  • Build a regular routine and maintain it
    Following a daily routine can help you establish priorities, limit procrastination, keep track of goals, and even make you healthier. Explore what a good daily routine consists of and how to create an ideal routine for yourself with the links below:

    Guide to Create a Simple Morning Routine

    CDC: Quick Tips to Build Structure
  • Practice self-care

    Choose self-care activities that make sense for you and make sure you take time to disconnect and recharge, such as:

    • Look for opportunities for self-discovery
    • Engage in activities you enjoy

    The 3 R’s of Self-Care

    Relax. Spend time with loved ones, listen to your favorite music or read a good book.

    Recharge. Exercise, get plenty of rest, or volunteer. Giving back to the community you live in is a great way to generate new energy and motivation to better the world around you.

    Restore. Your physical, mental and social well-being can be easily restored by maintaining routines, eating a healthy diet and getting as much sleep as possible.

  • Manage your stress
    If you recognize you’re experiencing one or more signs of stress, pause and take a moment to assess your overall well-being. Stress experienced by healthcare workers may arise from witnessing human suffering, risk of personal harm, intense workloads, life-and-death decisions, and separation from family. Stress prevention and management is critical for healthcare workers to continue to offer their skills during a time of need, like the COVID19 pandemic.

    Additional resources – readings and webinars:

    CDC: Stress and Coping during COVID-19

    CDC: Emergency Responders – Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

    Coping with coronavirus: Dealing with daily stress, anxiety, and a range of other emotions 

    When stress builds up, it can cause burnout (feelings of extreme exhaustion and being overwhelmed) and secondary traumatic stress (stress reactions and symptoms resulting from exposure to another individual’s traumatic experiences, rather than from exposure directly to a traumatic event.
  • Keep things in perspective and accept change
    Whether you perceive it or not, everything is constantly changing – the environment, the weather, your friends and family, your body, everything. And the better able you are to embrace change in what is happening in your world, the easier it will be for you to live your best life. Change asks you to learn new things, master new skills and develop new qualities like flexibility, optimism, courage, and persistence. All of which ultimately results in you becoming a better, more capable person. The following resources will guide you through acceptance and owning your outcomes:

    Knowing When to Accept and Knowing When to Change

    Gracefully Accepting Change Into Your Life

    Embracing Impermanence
  • Set goals and move toward them
    Goals are what take us forward in life;they are the oxygen to our dreams. They are the first steps to every journey we take and are also our last. When developing a work plan and an evaluation plan, you can use the SMART approach to make sure your information is used. SMART stands for:

    Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Achievable, Relevant, Time bound

    How to Goal-Set Well

    CDC Goal Setting Worksheet

    CDC What is a SMART Goal
  • Focus on what you can control

    It is not uncommon for news and social media to dramatize information and events to obtain viewership and likes. If you feel overwhelmed by news and social media information about COVID19, it may help to:

    • Pay attention to how watching the news or checking social media makes you feel
    • Limit yourself to checking these sources only a couple of times a day or not at all
    • Set limits on social media time for children and teens
    • Try to validate information from credible sources, i.e. CDC. Inside Renown and Renown.org are our sources of truth during this pandemic.
  • Focus on the positive aspects of yourself and the world around you

    A positive attitude helps you cope more easily with the daily affairs of life. It brings optimism into your life, and makes it easier to avoid worries and negative thinking.

    Staying Calm and Happy During COVID-19

    Tips to Keep Kids Positive

    How to Kick Pessimism to the Curb

  • Be prepared

    Discuss your safety plan as a family. If you don’t have a plan, take time to develop one and create an emergency preparedness kit. Knowing that you are prepared helps you feel in control, alleviates stress caused by uncertainties and boosts your resiliency should an emergency occur.

    Use the following resources to create and review your plan:

    CDC COVID-19 Household Preparedness Guide

    Emergency Kit Guide

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    The Employee Assistance Program offers resources, support and guidance for employees and their family members.  One of the features is a personalized web portal that includes counseling sessions for almost any life event that comes up (i.e. depression, grief, addiction, stress or anxiety, financial stress, career advice, nutrition, having a baby, getting married, legal advice and so much more). Call 1-888-293-6948 to started!

    Mental Health Resources available to you 24/7:

  • Healthcare Worker Benefits and Discounts

    Nurses Week Discounts

    Source: Becker’s Hospital Review

    20 discounts, freebies for National Nurses Week

    National Nurses Week starts May 6. Here are 20 companies offering nurses freebies or discounts in recognition, as identified by NBC affiliate WTHR and Parade.

    Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Companies are listed alphabetically. 

    1. Adidas is offering nurses and other medical professionals a 40 percent discount on its products.

    2. Amazon is giving nurses free access to a selection of e-books on its website.

    3. Better Vacations is offering nurses free stays in their vacation homes in Las Vegas and Indianapolis through May 15.

    4. BP and Amaco gas stations are offering a one-time fill-up at a discounted rate of 50 cents per gallon.

    5. Checkers is offering a free small combo meal at its 250 locations nationwide.

    6. Chipotle is donating free burritos to medical facilities who fill out a request starting May 6.

    7. Cinnabon is offering nurses free cinnamon rolls during National Nurses Week.

    8. Crocs is giving out 10,000 free pairs of shoes to healthcare workers daily.

    9. Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a free medium hot or iced coffee to nurses and other healthcare workers May 6.

    10. Home Shopping Network is offering nurses $10 off a purchase of $20 or more.

    11. Jamba Juice is donating a free smoothie or bowl to healthcare workers for every one purchased from May 6-13.

    12. Krispy Kreme is offering healthcare professionals a dozen donuts for free every Monday through the end of National Nurses Week on May 12.

    13. Lovesac is offering a 40 percent discount on its sectionals and bean bag chairs through May.

    14. Sketchers is offering 30 percent off a pair of shoes this month.

    15. Starbucks is offering a tall hot or iced coffee through the end of May.

    16. TalkSpace is offering one month of free online therapy sessions.

    17. The North Face is offering healthcare workers a 50 percent discount on non-clearance items through the end of 2020.

    18. Mrs. Fields is offering 40 percent off select cookie tins for healthcare professionals.

    19. Verizon is offering nurses discounts on its unlimited plans, starting at $30 per month for four lines.

    20. &Pizza is offering free pizzas to hospital workers for pick-up or delivery.

    Regular Ongoing Discounts

    Icon of hand and star AAA Frontline Heroes Free Roadside Assistance

    AAA is now offering free roadside assistance* to those heroes on the frontlines of helping fight the COVID-10 pandemic, whether you’re a AAA Member or not.

    All first responders and healthcare workers – including those that may not be a AAA Members – can call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) if and when they need roadside service.  Simply identify yourself as such, and answer the brief health pre-screener questions, so that AAA service can roll out to help.

    AAA Roadside Assistance operates as an essential service during shelter-in-place order, and is available 24/7

    Family Fun from our Friends at Disney

    It can be hard to think of fun ways to keep your kids engaged and busy- especially when you are working remotely!  Our friends at the Disney Institute in Anaheim, CA are providing your family with a number of free, creative resources to help educate and entertain your kids.

    Disney Imagineering in a Box – Imagineering in a Box is a free, online educational curriculum available through Khan Academy. Lessons compile expertise of Disney Imagineers from hundreds of career disciplines around the world to share with learners of all ages. As part of the 35 educational videos, the curriculum features project-based exercises that apply science, technology, engineering, art and math that allow learners to create themed experiences.

    Disney Animals on DisneyNow – An educational and informative look at some of the majestic animals in our care at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each video is approximately 2 minutes in length and free to access.  Additional information about our animals can be found on DisneyAnimals.com for anyone who would like to do a deeper dive than just the videos.

    Draw Mickey Mouse at Home with a Disney Parks Artist – A complete series of how-to tutorials on drawing Mickey Mouse through the years for the budding artist in your life.

    Disney Layaway options: getawaytoday.com/layaway

    Hutch’s Car Wash

    Hutch’s is offering free express car washes to local healthcare, emergency, military and law enforcement workers. Show your work ID badge thru June 30, 2020.

    Location: 6355 S. McCarran Blvd. Reno.


    Headspace offering all US healthcare professionals who work in public health settings free access to Headspace Plus through 2020. What’s going on right now is a challenge for everyone. But you, our healthcare professionals, are particularly overburdened. Headspace wants to be here for you and support you as best we can. Helping you be kind to yourself, and your own health, during this difficult time. If you are a healthcare professional, you can redeem your subscription using your National Provider Identifier (NPI) and email address. Or, if you are a nurse and you don’t have an NPI, you can provide your organization information to verify your credentials. Visit headspace.com/health-covid-19 for more information.