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Transcript of Wellness Programs
To create and sustain a healthy campus culture that supports student learning by educating, motivating, and empowering Mercy College students, faculty, and staff to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles.
What is Wellness?
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware and making choices towards living a healthy and fulfilling life.
...it is a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life.
Wellness is an alternative to dependency on:
doctors & drugs, complacency, mediocrity & self pity, boredom & slothfulness
The appreciation that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an impact on our state of health.
Are you living your life in a state of wellness?
Identify the "dimensions" of your Wellness Wheel which are not in balance.
What is Wellness?
Wellness recognizes that various dimensions of our lives are all related
The 8 dimensions of Wellness are depicted in the Wellness Wheel. Each component of the wheel is important and all are interconnected.
Now, let's explore each dimension and as we do take note of those areas in your life that may require attention...
recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep.
Stay active by taking the stairs and walking instead of driving.
Make healthy food choices.
Get 8 hours of sleep each night. This is as important as diet and exercise.
See your primary care doctor regularly.
Exercise 5 days/week.
Use seat belts, helmets, other protective gear.
Eat vegetables & fruit daily.
Practice safe sex.
Be aware of your feelings.
Express your feelings to others.
Cultivate an optimistic attitude.
Seek and provide support.
Learn time management skills.
Practice stress management techniques.
Learn to breathe deeply.
Attend a Late Night programming event.
Make a list of supportive family, friends, co-workers, and peers.
Make at least one connection per day by calling, emailing, or visiting someone.
Join a Mercy College club, social group, or support group.
Volunteer with an organization whose interests you share.
Get involved in peer support.
Attend Mercy College athletic events.
Organize/participate in a fundraiser.
Ensure your job (paid or unpaid) supports your well-being.
Communicate with supervisor regularly & get support needed.
Take work and/or study breaks.
Schedule with Career Services.
Learn about work study.
Attend career fairs.
Update your resume yearly.
Attend career-planning workshops.
Take a class or read a book (not required) , and share what you learned with others.
Create a scrapbook or discussion group.
Research a topic that interests you.
Attend financial planning workshop.
Attend a political event.
Attend seminars on campus.
Visit the museum.
Be thoughtful and creative about budgeting and spending.
Plan and prepare for the future and open bank and saving accounts.
Schedule an appointment with the Office of Student Services
Attend a FREE event at Mercy College
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Re-useable water bottles.
Participate in campus clean-up activities.
Paint a wall, organize a closet, or donate household items you do not need.
Take a walk, bike, or seek out music and other experiences that have a calming effect.
Make time for practices that enhance your sense of connection to self, nature, or others.
Find a community that shares your spiritual outlook.
Attend a service (i.e. yoga, religious, etc.)
Volunteer! (i.e. Mercy College Day of Service, Relay For Life of Mercy College, etc.)
Wellness is the interaction of the body, mind, and spirit
What causes stress?
Common external causes of stress
Major life changes
Work or school
Being too busy
Common internal causes of stress
Rigid thinking, lack of flexibility
Health problems caused by stress.
Pain of any kind
Skin conditions (i.e. eczema)
Anti-depressant use by Americans has increased almost by 400% in the past 20 years.
College students reported experiencing the following in the last 12 months:
(96,911 Undergraduate Students from 153 Institutions of Higher Education)
85% felt overwhelmed by all they had to do.
80% felt exhausted (not from physical activity).
60% felt very sad.
56% felt very lonely.
47% felt overwhelming anxiety.
46% felt things were hopeless.
37% felt overwhelming anger.
30% felt so depressed that it was difficult to function.
9% diagnosed or treated by a professional for depression.
6% seriously considered suicide.
5% intentionally cut, burned, bruised, or otherwise injured themselves.
1% attempted suicide.
American College Health Association. (2013). National College Health Assessment, Undergraduate Students. Spring 2013.
Chronic Stress (long-term exposure to stress) can lead to serious health problems.
Disrupts nearly every system in your body.
Raise blood pressure.
Suppress the immune system.
Increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Contribute to infertility.
Speed up the aging process.
Rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.
What causes you stress?
developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system.
coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships.
getting personal satisfaction & enrichment through work & school.
recognizing creative abilities & finding ways to expand knowledge & skills.
satisfaction with current & future financial situations.
finding a pleasant, stimulating environment that supports well-being.
expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life.
Have you had your Mindful Midweek?