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Coping with COVID: Resources for everybody navigating through these uncertain times.

As we are all affected in different ways by the current situation, it is important to consider how we can cope, adapt and find ways to deal with these unprecedented times. In this section we will regularly update content, highlighting learning from other areas and identifying key recommendations.

Coping with COVID podcast

A podcast focusing on practical ways to look after your mental wellbeing, applying evidence-based approaches to real life situations. Whilst primarily aimed at medical, nursing and allied health students working in the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope it will be helpful for anyone dealing with adapting to difficult change at the moment. We’d like the podcast to respond to the challenges you’re facing, so please let us know your questions and concerns at covidpod@liverpool.ac.uk 

Episode One: Recharging your mental health

In this first episode we look at how to recharge your mental health and the ‘coping reservoir’ model. Staff in the School of Medicine and Nursing share the strategies they’re using to look after their mental wellbeing: find out who’s dancing to 80s music, re-watching feel-good films, taking up yoga, and who has a new puppy. University of Liverpool medical and nursing students can find out more about the reservoir model from Dr Helen West's lecture on the topic, available on VITAL.


Dunn, L.B, Iglewicz, M.D. & Moutier, C. (2008). A Conceptual Model of Medical Student Well-Being: Promoting Resilience and Preventing Burnout. Academic Psychiatry, 32(1), 44-53. 

Zwack, J., & Schweitzer, J. (2013). If Every Fifth Physician Is Affected by Burnout, What About the Other Four? Resilience Strategies of Experienced Physicians. Academic Medicine, 88(3), 382–389.  


Episode 2: Resilience

In Episode 2 Suzi Gage speaks to Professor Laurence Alison from the department of psychology about resilience. What is it? Why is it important when working in stressful environments, and practical advice for keeping going when things are tough.



If you're interested in reading more about resilience this is a great article exploring these concepts: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4185134/

The debriefing tool mentioned in the episode can be found here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/project-ares/debriefing-tool 

More information about resilience and stress can be found here and elsewhere on the Project ARES website: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/project-ares/stress-and-resilience/


Future Episodes coming soon:

  • Sleep
  • Transition Shock

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