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4 Week Wellness Challenge

In collaboration with the Office of Wellness Education, we have gathered information to support students, faculty, and staff as they engage in the 2021 "4 Week Wellness Challenge."

Week 2 Details

Find the weekly newsletter from Wellness Education right here!

Defining Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness promotes lifelong learning both inside and outside of the classroom. There is value in exploring the things you are curious about. This concept also includes having your own new ideas alongside your views and opinions, while being open minded about different perspectives. Taking care of your intellectual wellness leads to a stronger relationship with yourself and others.

Wellness Challenge Activities

Challenge #1: Zoom Fatigue

We’re all feeling it… Spending hours on zoom for classes, club meetings, and friend meet-ups significantly depletes our energy. It’s not only increased screen time, but also more eyes on you than a face to face chat, having to see yourself constantly, and taking on a higher cognitive load. Luckily, there are some real steps to take to alleviate zoom fatigue and avoid burnout. Read here to learn how to acknowledge at face zoom fatigue head on. We’re in this for the long haul, so we might as well set ourselves up for zoom success!

Challenge #2: Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is a very important aspect of intellectual wellness and can be applied to any work setting. Critical thinking allows you to make logical and informed decisions to the best of your ability. These five critical thinking skills are essential for success: Reasoning, Evaluating, Problem Solving, Decision Making and Analyzing. Developing these skills will help you excel in everyday life. There are numerous ways in everyday life to improve your critical thinking including, being actively engaged in class, asking questions to yourself and keeping your brain active and thinking.

Challenge #3: Time Management Tips

It can be challenging learning to develop proper time management skills, especially during this busy time of the semester. Poor time management skills lead to incomplete tasks, low productivity, missing deadlines and poor worklife balance. Developing these skills can help enhance performance, provide better quality work and decrease overall stress. Creating schedules, prioritizing your responsibilities and overcoming procrastination can increasingly help your intellectual wellness Time management much like other things in life is a skill. A skill that can be improved and perfected. 

Defining Occupational Wellness

Occupational wellness relates to “personal satisfaction and enrichment in your life through choice of profession, career and personal performance.” Pursuing a job (or major) that is fulfilling will contribute to better occupational wellness. Seeing as people spend approximately one-third of their lives at work, it is important to find a job that will provide balance among individual interests, financial stability, and personal satisfaction.

Wellness Challenge Activities

Challenge #4: Work-Life Balance

Heading into the heart of the spring semester, it can be challenging balancing both school and personal life. The aspiration to succeed often outweighs personal well-being. Work life balance is finding that perfect state of equilibrium between school work and personal life. Prioritizing your school work so dramatically over your personal life can lead to a decline in academic performance and general well-being. Finding that balance in your life can promote productivity, personal growth and healthy living.

Things that have been proven to encourage work life balance are setting a schedule for your day and sticking to it, establishing a healthy work environment, and taking care of your body by sleeping, eating and exercising responsibly.

How do you balance school work and life? Q of The Week!

How to Deal with Student Burnout - College Info Geek

Morra Aarons-Mele: 3 steps to stop remote work burnout

Challenge #5: Learning vs. Getting the Grade

What is more meaningful to you: a good grade or learning something meaningful to you? What are you hoping to gain from your major? Are you interested in the material, or do you just want to pass? It is the effort to learn and grow that is most meaningful, rather than the mark received on an exam or paper. Instead of hyperfocusing on a grade, take time to read feedback from a professor and see where you have room for growth. In the “real world,” the actual knowledge you’ve gained is what will be most valuable to you. Read the objectives on the syllabi for your classes- work towards really understanding what you are learning, and consider that a success! Check out this interesting article to get some more insight on this topic!

Challenge #6: Make Your Space Productive!

Working from home can be very challenging. We’ve all been there where we want to turn off our camera and lay down on the couch or in our bed. Working in dorm rooms can often be crowded and uncomfortable. It’s important to set up your workspace in a way that keeps you motivated and engaged. 

In order to create the best environment for your academic success, In order to create the best environment for your academic success, you'll want to:

In order to create the best environment for your academic success you want to: Ensuring your workspace is ideal for you, will increase your productivity, attention and enthusiasm to learn.



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