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Throughout the year, WKU social media accounts share health and wellness information prepared in partnership with students, faculty, and staff in departments across campus. You can view these stories on our Instagram and Facebook, and share your own stories using #WKUWellnessWednesday.

 


 

 
Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Sleep Habits Video Preview

 

Tips for Healthy and Restful Sleep

Thank you to Health Education and Promotion for contributing to these helpful tips below. 

Sleep has a powerful effect on our mental and physical health. It can boost our immune system, keep our metabolism and digestion strong, and help with your mood. We all need a minimum of 7 hours of quality sleep each night. Here are some tips to help you go to sleep faster and have a better quality of sleep.

  1. Put away your devices (TVs, smartphones, tablets, and other screens) 30 minutes before it's time to go to sleep.
  2. Don't consume caffeine after 3pm.
  3. Use your bed for sleep only - don't do homework, watch Netflix, or complete other work there, if possible.
  4. Don't consume alcohol before you go to bed.
  5. Try starting a gratitude journal. Keep a notebook at your bedside and write down something that you are grateful for or made you happy that day. HEP offers a digital gratitude journal that you can print out at https://www.wku.edu/crw/hep/

 

 


 

Setting and Achieving Healthy Lifestyle Goals

Thank you to the WKU Counseling Center for contributing to these helpful tips below.

1. Goals can be task-oriented (such as achieving good grades in a class) or aspirational (wanting to become a healthier person). Task-oriented goals have a specific end, while aspirational goals are more like a process. 
 
2. Setting a goal is the start, but living the goal each day is how we measure reaching the goal. For example, if my goal is to become a healthier person, I need to live "as if" I am already healthy and do healthy things. All my daily behavior is guided by my future aspiration, but I don't wait until I reach my goal, I start living now for that goal.
 
3. Goals can look unreachable at the start, if there are a large number of tasks to complete. If I want to improve my grades, I need to take many steps to reach that goal and I cannot do all of those steps at the same time. Tasks can be put into three categories; things I need to do now, things I need to do soon, and things I need to do later. Doing things that need to be done now is how we get to things that need to be done soon or later.
 
4. A lot of people will say they have trouble reaching goals because they don't feel motivated to do the tasks. The reality of being human is that you often will have to do the tasks before you feel the motivation. Find ways to motivate yourself and get excited about accomplishing tasks. Talk with people who are working toward the same goal as you and encourage each other.
 
5. It's also good to take time to yourself and reflect on the goals you want to achieve. Writing in a journal, creating a vision board, or recording a message to yourself are ways to help think about goals. Your goals and how you reach them may change over time.

 


 

 
Wellness Wednesday: Exercise while Social Distancing Video Preview

 

Exercise while Social Distancing

Information Provided by Campus Recreation and Wellness.

So we all know that exercise is not always the easiest thing to do and with losing the accountability and motivation of group exercise it can feel impossible to keep it up and stay healthy at home. Here are some tips to help you with your workout blues!


  • Find an “accountabilibuddy” - someone who can help you stick to your fitness goals. They don’t have to be in your household and using zoom, FaceTime, or calls can help with keeping each other going. 
  • Find a good time to workout when you feel the most energized. Planning to workout provides accountability for yourself to do it.  
  • Create a space where you can exercise. This can be outdoors, in the living room, or even the garage! But create a space that makes you feel excited to workout! 
  • No equipment? No problem! You can use common household items in your workouts (you would be surprised how great a workout you can get with a case of laundry detergent) or even just do body weight exercises.
  • Find a resource for your at home workouts. WKU Campus Recreation and Wellness has many workouts to chose from and new ones are posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in various formats.
  • HYDRATE!!!
  • Any movement is good movement! Don’t feel like  you have to have extensive structure to your exercise. Yard work, cleaning, runs and walks are all good ways to get some movement into your day. I always feel a good sweat when I mow the lawn 😂
  • Lastly, meet your body with today’s energy and know that you can’t always do what you used to do because you don’t have yesterday’s energy and you have yet to receive tomorrow’s energy. Listen to what your body needs today and honor that. Don’t feel obligated to workout more often just because you have more free time. 

 

 


 

 
Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Eating at Home Video Preview

 

Five Tips for Healthy Eating at Home

Prepared by WKU Dietitian.

  1. Include fruits and/or vegetables with all meals - the more color the better!

 

  1. Choose balance meals that include quality carbohydrates, lean protein, healthy fats, and color from fruits and vegetables. Examples include: rice, chicken breast, avocado, mixed veggies such as peppers, onion, broccoli, and carrots. 

 

  1. Choose snacks that will help fuel you by including a fruit or vegetable with a source of protein. Examples include: banana + peanut butter, apple + cheese stick, carrots + hummus, or Greek yogurt + berries.

 

  1. Drink water with all snacks to limit excess calories - be mindful when snacking of how full you are. 

 

  1. Stick to a schedule of eating so you are not eating out of boredom or convenience 

 

WKU Nutrition Coordinator Cory Eakins uses a food first approach in order to help students through one-on-one counseling, individualized meal plans, nutrition education, group presentations, grocery shopping tours, and cooking demonstrations. 

 

 


 

Fun and Healthy Ways to Express Yourself While Social Distancing Video Preview

 

Fun and Healthy Ways to Express Yourself while Social Distancing

Thank you to Health Education and Promotion for contributing to these helpful tips below. 

  1. Turn up your favorite music and sing your heart out, or listen to your favorite artist. Many musicians are doing live concerts these days.
  2. Draw, paint, or color whatever is on your mind. 
  3. Start journaling or writing. We are making history and somebody’s gotta write about it.
  4. Plus, Campus Recreation & Wellness has a gratitude journal you can check out.
  5. Or, maybe this is a great time to start a podcast – share your knowledge and humor with the world
  6. Host a virtual Netflix Party 
  7. You could even make a TikTok for WKU Campus Activities Board's #TikTok Tuesday

 

In a time of major change and transition, it’s very easy to focus on the negatives: being “stuck” at home, not being able to spend time with friends, and for some of us, missing out on the “lasts” of our college experience. Now more than ever, it is important to remember that you have the power to shift your mindset, focusing on the things you HAVE and the good things in your life. We've come this far, let's finish this semester strong!

 


 

Keeping a Schedule Video Preview

 

Keeping a Schedule

Prepared by the Advising & Career Development Center.

1. Get up at a regular time each day, and get ready as you normally would. Showering and non-pjs are very helpful in setting your brain into work mode. 

2. Designate a space in your home for work/school. This will help you keep your sleep space for sleeping, and work space for working.

3. Schedule breaks in your day for food, stretching, walking outside, etc. Make sure to still schedule study/tutoring time. (Tutoring appointments are still available on our TLC website. wku.edu/tlc, schedule on TutorTrac)

 

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Productive Shaking with Dr. Karl Laves Video Preview

 

Ways to Relieve Stress While Practicing Social Distancing

Thank you to the WKU Counseling Center for contributing to these helpful tips below.

  1. Be creative. Write, paint, journal, play music, etc.
  2. Practice yoga or meditation exercises
  3. Breathe deeply and slowly.
  4. Try something new.
  5. Go for a hike outside (remember social distancing).

Find new ways to be with friends virtually:

  1. Play online board games.
  2. Stream a movie together.
  3. Start a book club.
  4. Listen to a podcast together.
  5. Play video games.

The Counseling Center has more resources available for you, such as quick tips, blog posts, and even a video on productive shaking from Dr. Karl Laves.

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Interested in studying Marketing or Public Relations at WKU?

Visit the Marketing Department website for information about a major or minor in Marketing. Visit the Public Relation website for information about a major in Public Relations.

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 Last Modified 11/6/20