Virtual Mentor Tip: Wellness While Staying Socially Isolated
With social distancing in place and many still isolated, I thought it might be a good time to visit the topic of health and wellness and ways to get involved and get active while also staying safe.
During these trying times, it is no surprise that the Washington State Department of Health reports that social isolation is associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, fear, and insomnia (2020). Luckily for WSU students, there are services available, virtual and socially distanced activities to get involved in, and ideas for ways to stay healthy during these unprecedented times.
With social isolation being a concern, WSU has you covered with many opportunities for connecting with others virtually. Global Connections is a virtual environment that gives students access to fun, stimulating, and engaging extra-curricular experiences. They offer web-learning events, access to guest lectures, career fairs, and e-Vents (art & cultural events and musical performances). Some of the upcoming events include a Career Networking Webinar, Bingo Night and Kettlebells 301: Priming the KB Snatch.
Along with virtual activities to help students connect and diversify their learning experience, WSU offers an entire program devoted to helping students treat themselves right- it is called Wellbeing Online.
What is Wellbeing Online? Wellbeing Online is dedicated to helping students develop skills that foster a happy, balanced life by taking a holistic approach to healthy living. They provide opportunities to learn about all 8 dimensions of wellbeing to help students identify multiple ways to improve their personal wellbeing. On their website, you will find information and activities under each dimension to help strengthen that aspect of wellbeing.
Due to the current closure of many gyms, Wellbeing Online is also offering free online fitness classes and the opportunity for free online personal training sessions through the Cyber Coug Fitness Club.
Along with ways to help stay engaged and maintain wellbeing, the Associated Student of Washington State University (ASWSU) Global also offers mental health services’ reimbursement. Students are eligible for up to $360 an academic year for the following health & wellness services/items:
- Mental health services from a qualified healthcare professional
- Therapeutic massage
Wellness Smart Phone Apps:
- My Fitness Pal
- Lose It
So, while social distancing and seclusion have become more essential, WSU offers ways to help keep yourself healthy and still connect with your peers. Be sure to check out all WSU has to offer!
Robin Dimick, WSU Global Campus Virtual Mentor