Remote Wellness Supports

We have created this list to connect you with the wellness resources available through the University of Toronto and around the world. Start exploring by selecting one of the categories below, and discover the many ways we can help you Drop Everything and Relax!

Have suggestions for additional resources? Send your ideas to Rob Makinson or Donna Liu.

For additional resources and support related to wellness at UTM, please contact the Health & Counselling Centre.

 

Arts & Crafts

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How to Crochet for Absolute Beginners: Step-by-step video tutorial for those who are just getting started with crocheting, plus lots of other video tutorials if you’ve mastered the basics.

Hobby Lobby: Knitting for Beginners: Learn the basics of knitting, plus links to other videos to get started on your first project.

The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross: “There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.” These relaxing videos, full of Bob’s encouragement, make learning to paint fun!

Audio Books

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Audio Discover: Listen to stories for the littlest listeners to literary classics in six languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.

Audio Book Cloud: Access 1,400 audiobooks from classic fiction to some of today’s most popular titles.

Colouring

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#ColourOurCollections: The New York Academy of Medicine has gathered together books and images from the digital collections of libraries, museums, archives, and other cultural institutions.

Just Colour: Download colouring pages (in PDF format) from in various themes, styles, and difficulty levels.

Cooking

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Recipes for UTM Students: Kimberly, the UTM Health & Counselling Centre’s Registered Dietitian, shares easy, budget-friendly recipes—and they’re both healthy and delicious!

Courses

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Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19: In this free course, UTSC Psychology professor Steve Joordens discusses how our bodies react to anxiety, and to cope with it. Takes only 3 hours to complete!

Duolingo: Learn one (or more!) of over 35 languages, from German and Korean to Scottish Gaelic and even Klingon.

 

Do-it-yourself (DIY)

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Michaels on YouTube: Get creative, get colourful! These projects from Michaels Stores will inspire you to get creative, from knitting to baking to beading to sewing.

Pom Pom Animals: You only need leftover yarn and recycled boxes to make these—no special devices needed!

Tissue Paper Flowers: Brighten up your room with 4 different kinds of tissue paper flowers.

Small Paper Flowers: No tissue paper? No worries! Make these small paper flowers instead.

Documentaries & academic videos

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Kanopy (UTORid required): Relax and learn at the same time with thousands of educational films and documentaries! You can browse by subject, publisher, filmmaker, and more.

Berliner Philharmoniker digital concert hall (UTORid required): Watch recorded concerts, or tune in live to get the next best thing to being there in person!

E-Books

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Open Library: Create an Internet Archive account and borrow e-books from all around the world! This site contains a mix of popular an academic content, so there is something for everyone.

Read.gov: Let the Library of Congress take you a on a tour of books that shaped America and the rest of the world. Discover classics that bring other places to life, or re-read an old favourite!

Fitness

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U of T Fitness & Performance: Follow them on Instagram to join a cardio dance party or follow along with a daily workout routine. They also post quick, nutritious meals!

Fitness Blender: Access hundreds of free workout videos for all difficulty levels. You can also read articles and explore healthy recipes!

UTM Athletics: Explore their website for fitness tips and register for daily workouts via Zoom (UTORid required), or visit them on Instagram and YouTube to view recorded workouts.

Nike Training Club: Download this app for iOS or Android to have a personal, targeted training program in your pocket, no matter your fitness level.

Gaming

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Tabletopia: Instant access to hundreds of online board games. Play with friends or people around the world using your browser, or download the app!