Today's Update: Wednesday, September 2

September 2, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, I know it can be difficult to stay upbeat when the threat of COVID-19 continues. It is unsettling, and that makes it all the more important that we stay positive. We are all doing the best we can under difficult circumstances, and allowing ourselves to think negative thoughts just isn’t productive.  

Yes, I’m talking to myself about that message as well as you. We are in this Together as Buckeyes!  

This started out as a blog post by the Student Life Student Wellness Center, and while it was originally for students, not staff, I think there are some good messages here for all of us on this Wellness Wednesday. 

Courtesy the Student Wellness Center, here are 10 things you can do to love yourself, others and the world even more than you already do: 

Practice Positive Self-talk: Positive self-talk has been shown to improve satisfaction with life, decrease stress and even physical benefits like better immune function and reduced pain. Checkout examples of re-framing to positive self-talk below: 

  • Negative: “I’m not going to get better” Positive: “I’ll give it another try and ask for help if needed” 

  • Negative: “I’m a failure” Positive: “I’m proud of myself, that took courage” 

  • Negative: “I hate the way my body looks” Positive: “My body is strong and allows me to live a fulfilled life” 

Improve your Physical Wellness: This includes eating a balanced diet, exercise, getting enough sleep, practicing safer sex and reducing your risk when it comes to alcohol and other drug use. 

Quiet your mind: Living in a digital world in may feel hard to disconnect but taking a screen break and letting your mind wander will do wonders for your well-being. Engage in meditation, pray or grounding in nature – any mindfulness technique will help quiet your mind.  

Be Kind: Kindness increases happiness, energy, and the good hormones: oxytocin and serotonin. Be Kind and send a kudo to a friend, family member, or a staff member who has made a positive impact on your life. 

Set attainable goals: You can aim high but unattainable goals will have a negative impact on your mental health. Utilize the SMART Technique when goal setting: 

  • S: Specific 

  • M: Measurable 

  • A: Attainable 

  • R: Relevant 

  • T: Time bound 

Identify small steps to be more environmentally friendly: Give back to the earth that has given so much to you! Small steps will make a big difference.  

  • Swap out single use plastic items to more eco-friendly options when they run out (i.e. switch from a shampoo bottle to shampoo bar) 

  • Host a clothing swap with friends (easy way to switch up your wardrobe without buying new clothes) 

  • Limit your food waste 

  • Unplug chargers when not in use 

  • And so much more 

Resist: Resist harmful messages that society forces on you; rather, follow accounts that promote social issues that you stand for (body positivity, equal rights, social justice). Resist with your spending – support organizations that align with your values and don’t support places that uses degrading images or messaging. Also, speak up and out to your friends – your sphere of influence is bigger than you know.  

Adopt a daily mantra: A mantra helps you focus on something bigger than yourself. Adopt a mantra, recite it daily and post it everywhere for you to see. 

Listen to music daily: Music provides a boost to your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.  

Be proactive in your well-being:  Utilize the well-being offerings through Your Plan 4 Health and elsewhere.  

Focus on the positive, not the negative. Afterall, you are Scarlet and Great! 

Melissa