Today's Update: Wednesday, June 10

June 10, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, 

We’ve come to another Wednesday which means I’ve enlisted the help of some of our Student Life Wellness Innovators to share ideas on how we can focus on our holistic well-being. This week, the spotlight is on social well-being with the help of Digital Communications Coordinator Skylar Fought (she knows a thing or two about being social, and helps me stay social, too!) 

Research shows that many people struggle with loneliness, and for some this could be increased by COVID-19 and physical distancing. Feelings of loneliness can increase symptoms of depression and overtime can worsen cognitive function. According to a study from the American Psychological Association, lack of social connection heightens health risks as much as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. www.apa.org/monitor/2019/05/ce-corner-isolation   

It’s human nature to be social with other people. Being social promotes wellness, is essential for good health and can be especially important when life presents situations that cause increased anxiety and stress. Being social can bring a sense of purpose to your day. Here are some things you can do to stay social while still physical distancing: 

  • Connect digitally: While you might be feeling Zoom fatigue, there are still ways you can connect with those you love online. Try out Netflix Party, have an online game night or tap through your friend’s Instagram Story. 

  • Attend a class or virtual event: Use this time to learn something new and find others who enjoy doing it. You could attend a Rec Sports Group Fitness LIVE class, check out one of the webinars through Your Plan For Health or enjoy a concert through Billboard

  • Go old school: When you’re not up for a video chat or if text messages start to feel impersonal, pick up the phone and call a friend. If you prefer a more creative method, send a postcard or a handwritten note. 

As much as technology has helped us during this time, it will only take us so far. Staying social and checking in on those we love can help bring us comfort, settle some uneasy feelings and keep us Scarlet and Great. 

Melissa