Today's Update: Tuesday, April 13

April 13, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, You know from reading these updates that wellness is really important to me. That's why I was excited when Bern Melnyk, the university’s Chief Wellness Officer, asked me to participate in a Buckeye Wellness session on Movement and Mindfulness this week.  

The idea behind this series is simple. Every Monday at 11:50 a.m. there is a new program that encourages us to disengage so we can re-engage. The videos (they’re all posted online) are each a short 10-minute movement and mindfulness break to help you with self-care so you can stay focused on living your best, healthy life.  

I was joined by Alice Adams, the group fitness manager for Student Life Rec Sports. She demonstrated several ways to be more active and engage as you go about your day-to-day life. Her key points were that we should remember to move, stretch and breathe. 

I won’t try to describe all the activities, but she opened with an easy one that you can do anywhere, any time. While sitting at your desk, roll your shoulders up and back a few times. That’s the area where we tend to store all our stress, and that gentle motion can be a great release. 

I like that exercise because I’m often in Zoom meetings back-to-back-to-back without much chance to get up and move around. Alice suggested we could all do the shoulder roll at the top of each hour through the workday.  

I’m even going to do it during meetings. If someone asks what I’m doing, I can explain. Who knows, it might even inspire someone else to join in and ease their stress. 

Alice also suggested a few dance moves during meetings. I can get into that!

She demonstrated a number of very easy movements that can help make you feel better, physically and mentally. An early High Five to Alice for joining me for the program and sharing some excellent suggestions.  

You can see the whole session online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zJX5soHSzA

And previous Movement and Mindfulness sessions are on Facebook: www.facebook.com/watch/419723451797717/454566909230392   

I hope trying these movements helps ease your stress. They worked for me, and it would be Scarlet and Great if they work for you, too.  

Melissa