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In light of the rapidly changing scenario we’re facing and the increase in telework, stress and anxiety levels may also be rising. We recognize the importance to share resources to help our community stay healthy both physically and mentally. Below you will find a collection of Work/Life and Wellness resources that we’ve gathered for you. We hope you will incorporate them in your new work-from-home routine and take advantage of the benefits they’ll bring you.

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If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, please reach out for help.

  • If you are in an emergency situation, call 911
  • GuidanceResources® Whether you’re looking for free counseling*, self-improvement tools or solutions to everyday issues call 877-314-5841 (TTY: 800-697-0353) or browse the many helpful tools online at
  • Not by a computer? Download the free GuidanceNowSM app to access these great resources from the palm your hand.

* As a UNC employee, you can receive three free counseling sessions per issue, per year, in-person or over the phone. 

  • For anyone affected by abuse or needing support, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 800-799-SAFE(7233) (TTY: 800-787-3224) or send the text LOVEIS to an advocate at 22522.


Important Information about Capacity Limits and Recordings
The live dates have capacity limitations, and it is likely that some of these webinars will exceed capacity. If that happens, some people will receive a message informing them that the session is full when they try to join. Although the webinar itself has capacity limitations, we are not limiting the number of people who can register. By allowing everyone to register, we are able to gather email addresses and send all registrants a recording of the session within 24 hours of the live webinar. Rest assured, if you are unable to get in to the live session, you will receive an email with access to the recording.

Live Webinar Opportunities

How to Use Food to Balance Stress

Wednesday, May 27, 1-2 p.m. (New Date) *Register Here*

In this session, you will learn about evidence-based nutritional strategies to help balance the effects and symptoms of stress, including increased inflammation, fatigue, insomnia, poor immune system function, GI issues and more.

Pre-Recorded Webinars

Quick Reads

If you’re feeling stressed or nervous during these days of COVID-19, you’re not alone. What you’re feeling is common around the world. Below you’ll find some helpful tips from the Mental Health First Aid curriculum to help you care for your own and your loved ones’ mental health.

Pre-Recorded Webinars

Quick Reads

Resources from UNC School of Medicines Well-Being Program 


Educational Webinars

Hosted by The Mindfulness Center at The Program on Integrative Medicine

Join Rita-Anita for this 1-hour workshop, you will:

    • Learn methods to ease your stress
    • How to slow down, stay calm, focused and relaxed
    • Improve your ability to meet life’s challenges
    • Take time for yourself & connect with others

No previous mindfulness experience is required

This workshop is $15.  Proceeds will go to The Mindfulness Center at UNC Program on Integrative Medicine’s scholarship program.

You will receive a Zoom link and instructions to participate after you register.

*Register here*

Quick Reads

Suggested apps

healthy minds app icon Healthy Minds Program: Free app assesses your well-being needs and provides brief trainings and practice to improve users foundations, awareness, connection, insight and purpose.
breathe app icon Breathe: App that provides free 10 minute of less guided meditation sessions based on your reported emotions.  (Additional sessions available to Premium Members for $9.99/mo, $58.99/yr.)
relax melodies app icon Relax Melodies: Features many free sounds and programs that help with calming the mind and aid restful sleep. Users can create their own white noise, participate in a 15-20 minute meditation or complete a program to help pause and de-stress. (Unlimited access to all features for $59.99/yr.)


Staying Active at Home – Campus Recreation Resources

Join 40 colleges and universities by logging your activity in the National REC MOVEMENT and help Carolina represent how we’re staying active in a time of social distancing.

Gentle Yoga with Gillings Culture of Health

Relax and rejuvenate with gentle yoga. A yoga mat and comfortable clothing are all that are required. Optional supplies include a firm blanket, yoga strap and open wall space or sturdy chair.

Staying Active at Home – Campus Recreation Resources

Fitness videos on YouTube by the UNC Wellness Centers

  • Help you maintain both your physical and mental well-being.

YMCA Classes (free 60-day trial)

  • Y360 offers virtual access to the best group fitness classes on the go and resources for kids to learn, grow and thrive even when school’s out. 

Fitness Blender

  • Free exercise website recommended by Mayo Dan Abraham Clinic’s Healthy Living Center.

Staying Physically Active during COVID-19

3 Yoga Poses That Help You Relax (Infographic)

Free Yoga on YouTube

  • Yoga with Adriene: Five-45 minute multi-level variety classes that focus on relieving anxiety and healing through practice.
  • Yoga with Kassandra: Quick five-30 minute classes that focus on stretching, flow, improved sleep and more.

Live Webinar Opportunities

How to Use Food to Balance Stress

Wednesday, May 27, 1-2 p.m. (New Date) *Register Here*

In this session, you will learn about evidence-based nutritional strategies to help balance the effects and symptoms of stress, including increased inflammation, fatigue, insomnia, poor immune system function, GI issues and more.

Quick Reads

  • Nutrition Tips during COVID-19 from Gillings Culture of Health
  • Craving This? Eat That.
  • Eat Well to Sleep Well
  • How to Stay Healthy by WW
    • Blogs to help you eat well, stay fit, well and positive
  • Lifestyle Medical Center
    • Offers NC State Health Plan members free telephonic counseling for weight loss or weight management, meal plaining, chronic disease management, physical exercise, sleep and stress management. These video visits use a HIPPA secure application that is accessible on smart phones, tablets, or computers. Book an appointment.
  • The Produce Box delivers fresh produce, meat, dairy and bread
  • Sun Basket delivers healthy dinners to your door
    • As a State Health Plan member, you receive 10% off plus $40 off your first order.
    • Eat your kind of healthy with this, a premium, meal kit service that delivers fresh, organic produce, clean, pre-measured ingredients, and delicious, easy-to-follow recipes.  Select the perfect meal plan or mix and match between 16 globally inspired recipes that are dietitian approved and crafted by award-winning Chef Justine Kelly. Eat clean, feel great. Sign up today at Blue365. Sun Basket is committed to staying open and serving you.
    • Sun Basket COVID-19 Safety FAQs.
  •  Save on healthy snacks with KIND
    • As a State Health Plan member, you receive 10% KIND bar subscription orders delivered every 30, 45, 60 or 90-days and free shipping on your Snack Club orders of $20+. No matter your diet, KIND has you covered with a variety of 70 healthy and tasty snacks and bars. Whether you’re looking to power a morning run, have a quick breakfast at home, or a healthy snack on the go – KIND offers a number of healthy snacks to fuel you throughout the day.
    • Sign up today at Blue365
  • Eat Smart, Move More Prevent Diabetes
    • If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, this program is for you. Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes can help you prevent type 2 diabetes! This is a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program based upon proven strategies to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Key concepts include planning, tracking, and living mindfully to prevent diabetes. The program is delivered in a real-time, online format so you see and hear your instructor in a live session. The format of the class allows you to interact with your instructor and classmates.
    • As a State Health Plan member, you pay only $30 for this 12-month series.  All $30 will be refunded, if you meet the program attendance and tracking goals.  Not sure if this program is for you?
    • Find out if you’re at risk for pre-diabetes. | Sign up for an upcoming series starting soon.

Enjoy Theatre from Home

  • Join UNC Department of Music for a virtual watch party every first Friday of the month at 12:15 p.m.
  • The Shows Must Go On! Enjoy Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals free on YouTube every Friday starting in April.
  • The Kennedy Center’s Digital Stage is offering full performances from musical theatre and opera, to dance and comedy at no cost to you!
  • BroadwayHD’s platform houses acquired performances of classics including “The King and I,” and originals the platform filmed, in addition to various performances from Broadway to The West End and beyond. Enjoy a free seven-day trial and pay $8.99/mo. or $99.99/yr. afterwards to continue viewing.
  • Although you cannot go to NC Theatre, you can enjoy listening to their Quaran Tunes Spotify playlist to help you dance through the weekend! Free tunes to enjoy.

Check out the many free StarCourses taught by favorite celebrity experts, virtual classes and summer camps.

This virtual experience will allow students ages 10-14 years old to wear all creative hats while we devise an original musical together! Through creative activities students will take on the roles of playwrights, directors, and designers as we create a plot, characters, script and musical numbers! Cost: $275

Benefits Resources During COVID-19

Visit the Benefits Resources During COVID-19 page for information and resources regarding your health plan and pharmacy benefits, flexible spending account, financial planning, as well as resources for non-State Health Plan covered employees.

Questions? Email