A Series of Short Videos – Interactive Webinars & Experiences – Useful Coping Tips & Tools



In the recorded live component of this “innervention” program offered by The Foundation for Self Leadership, Jackie Germain, MS ND, Anna Tansi Org. Psych., and Theresa Velendzas, MS, convened to create an offering tailored for essential workers on the front lines of COVID-19 and their families.

The program is intended to support caregivers with a Care Package containing Supplies - brief mindfulness activities that can be referenced and integrated throughout the day. Links to these supportive, restorative self-care supplies are posted below. Note that each "Supply Video" includes a brief description for a more user-friendly experience when replayed. Please see the links to all Care Package contents below.

Care Package | Session with Tansi, Velendzas & Germain

Whole Brain-Calm Connection Posture

In a seated position, cross one ankle over the other. Now hold your arms up in front of you with your palms facing down, cross one wrist over the other. With your wrists crossed and palms facing down, rotate your wrists by pointing your thumbs down until your palms meet. Interlace your fingers. Rest your hands and arms comfortably on your lap. Close your eyes or drop your gaze downward.

This posture connects our left and right brains for calming.

Mindfulness Practices for Calming: Calm

Mindfulness Practices for Calming: Flow

When I am Among the Trees, Poem by Mary Oliver

Poetry as a Healing Narrative

Read the poem silently to yourself, then listen to the reading.

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

Read the poem silently to yourself, then listen to the reading. Take some time to sit quietly and write your responses to the following prompts:

· What/Who do you hear?

· What/Who do you see?

· How do you feel?

A Meditation in Embers

Healthy Mind Platter

internal map

Morning & Evening Stretch

Movement Meditation

Nature Recharge