April 16, 2020

We are living in unprecedented and uncertain times. While the challenges faced by our frontline heroes – including first responders and medical personnel – are not the same as what those quarantined at home may experience, that doesn’t change the fact that lives, families and communities are all affected in unique ways due to this pandemic. UCF RESTORES Director Deborah Beidel, Ph.D., explores the reactions that are typical during periods of heightened anxiety and, conversely, those that may be cause for greater concern.

This video kicks off UCF RESTORES’ Wellness Education Series, designed to directly address the various stressors people are facing and the resources available for support. (Through May 18, we will be hosting live videos every Monday at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m. on our main Facebook page; all videos will be archived for later use on the UCF RESTORES Wellness Education Series event page.)

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There’s a big difference between “getting sleep” and getting truly restorative rest. Click for a list of do’s and don’ts – based on the practices and habits that make up what we call “sleep hygiene” – that will help you make the most of your nighttime rest and, as a result, function better – with reduced stress and anxiety – on a daily basis. Plus, we’ve included a printable sleep log to help you track your sleep hygiene progress. For more information, be sure to check out our video – co-hosted by Dr. Deborah Beidel and UCF RESTORES Mental Health Clinician Chloe Findley – on the importance of a healthy sleep routine.