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Social Wellness (October 1 - 14)

Welcome to the start of the Challenge! Thank you for taking this step to improve your own well-being and the well-being of those around you! Please look through the menu below and:

1. Choose two activities to practice several times throughout the two-week period of October 1 - 14, or pick a few activities to try out once. Aim to engage in a wellness activity at least 3 times this week, that is an addition to your usual routine

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2. Choose 3 programs to participate in throughout the two-week period of October 1 - 14.

When things get busy, it can be easy to let self-care slide. In order to keep wellness in mind, we encourage you to track your activities in a chart (DOC), add them to your calendar, put reminders on your phone, talk to friends about what you're doing, or find other ways to encourage yourself to prioritize wellness throughout the Challenge. Have fun!


Activities

1) Express Gratitude and Appreciation: If you would like to engage in this activity, let the people in your life know that you're grateful for them. Tell them specifically what you appreciate about them and how they've positively affected you. Go beyond, “I think you're great,” to describe what aspects of their personality, values, or behaviors that you appreciate. Expressing gratitude and appreciation increases happiness and strengthens relationships.

‘2) Be Inclusive: We often wait to see how others will interact with us before responding in kind. If you choose this activity, be proactive in helping others feel included, celebrated, and like they belong in this community. This could be as simple as making eye contact and smiling at the people you encounter throughout the week, offering compliments, inviting people to activities, showing warmth and enthusiasm when you see people, being an active bystander and intervening when you witness divisive or offensive language or behaviors.

3) Foster Your Faith in Humanity: Having a positive view of humankind plays a vital role in mental health and well-being, but we can easily lose trust when we hear news of, witness or experience violence, racism, corruption and the other atrocities human beings are capable of. This activity involves purposefully paying attention to the positive aspects of humanity, not to ignore the bad, but to develop a broader and more balanced perspective and foster hope. This might be noticing small kindnesses from strangers, reading about people who have dedicated their lives to meaningful causes, or seeking out good news, such as on http://www.upworthy.com/. Believing that people are generally trustworthy, fundamentally good, and are doing the best they can, are all correlated with greater happiness.

4) Be an Active Listener: This activity involves offering a friend or someone in need your full, undivided attention, empathy and support. Turn off your electronics and really listen! Try to understand and validate their experience before offering advice or possible solutions. Active listening and strengthens relationships and can be meaningful for both parties.

5) Be Affirming: If you'd like to do this activity, pay attention to your communication throughout the week. Celebrate other people's achievements and successes, and focus on their strengths and what you like about them. Try to be positive in your communication and use “I statements” to address conflicts or concerns. Research shows that healthy, happy relationships have a positive to negative interaction ratio of 5:1.

6) Make a memory: If you select this activity, carve out some time to do something fun, new or different with someone you care about. This practice strengthens connections and boosts happiness.

7) Strengthen Your Social Life: Take a few moments to reflect on your social life. Who are the people who energize, encourage and support you? Which activities feed you, and which do you find draining? Who would you like to get to know better or spend more time with? Choose one activity to improve your social life this week. It could be anything from reconnecting with and old friend, setting a boundary with someone who is affecting you negatively, exploring a new club or interest, etc. Strengthening social connections has a significant impact on mental health and well-being.


Social Well-Being Programs

Color Your Stress Away
Sunday October 1 - 8:00pm
Alumni Hall Nursing FIG

Nature Trail Walk
Tuesday October 3 - 12:30-1:30pm
Environmental Center Lab/Office

Yoga
Wednesday October 4 - 12:10pm-1pm
Goldstein Health and Fitness Center

Mindful Meditation/Discussion
Thursday October 5 - 3:30-4:15pm
Environmental Center Lab/Office

WASC Meeting
Friday October 6 - 8:30am
Birnbaum Room

Pet Therapy with the Good Dog Foundation
Wednesday October 11 - 11:00am-1:00pm
Dean's Lounge - Kessel Student Center

Staff Wellness Walk
Wednesday October 11 - 1:15-2:00pm
Wilcox Hall

Mindful Meditation/Discussion
Thursday October 12 - 1:15-2:00pm & 3:30-4:15pm
Environmental Center Lab/Office