What’s Happening in Wellbeing
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Did you know practicing kindness can enhance your wellbeing? Research shows kindness and generosity are connected to greater life satisfaction, stronger relationships and better mental and physical health.
Be sure to find Student Wellbeing and BU Wheelock students at random locations all over campus Friday 2/16 who will be distributing kindness kits (while supplies last):
- 10-11 am: FitRec Plaza, Photonics Entrance and GSU Plaza
- 11 am - noon: Warren Towers Entrance and Marciano Commons Entrance
- noon - 1 pm: BU Medical Campus
- 2-3 pm: GSU Plaza and West Campus Plaza (between Rich, Sleeper and Claflin Halls)
Read more in BU Today about Kindros, a new money management and financial knowledge platform available for free for all BU students, courtesy of Boston University Financial Assistance, Student Wellbeing, and on the Medical Campus, Student Financial Services & Housing Resources.
Ready to learn new ways to support your wellbeing? All students are invited to two exciting workshops this semester that will provide them with valuable life skills.
Life Management: Redefining Work Life Balance
February 8, 4-5 pm via Zoom
Do you sometimes feel like you are just surviving? Many people think that if they just had more time, things would be better. However, time is only part of the equation. People thrive when priorities are clear, and goals are aligned with values. In this workshop, learn strategies to integrate what’s most important for YOU into your routines and develop a rhythm that supports your personal, academic, and professional success. Register here
Wellbeing for Student Leaders
April 5, 3-4 pm via Zoom
At times, student leaders feel stretched too thin or overwhelmed. This workshop will provide you with tools and strategies to promote your own wellbeing and cultivate a culture of wellness within your groups. From recognizing signs of burnout to navigating stressful situations, you will learn practical skills to incorporate right away to make your time as a leader rewarding and manageable. Co-hosted with the Student Activities Office. Register here
Student Wellbeing also offers workshops for schools, colleges and groups. Content is tailored specifically to your group. Choose a workshop for your group!
What’s Your Big Idea to Promote Wellbeing?
Do you have an innovative idea about how to foster wellbeing at BU?
The BU School of Hospitality Administration’s $100k Poyiadjis Hospitality Innovation Competition offers all BU students an opportunity to pitch ideas for new ventures that embrace innovative ways to solve problems.
This year, Student Wellbeing is partnering with SHA to launch the Student Wellbeing Challenge aimed at finding innovative ideas and initiatives that promote the emotional, social, physical, and professional wellbeing of BU students. The top team will receive a cash prize of $5,000, the team in second place will receive $3,000, and the team in third place will receive $2,000.
Find out more and enter here. Deadline to enter is February 19.
Information Session: Monday, February 5, 2024 at 5pm-7pm, BUild Lab, 730 Commonwealth Ave. Open to all students to learn more about the competition and the application process. Pizza and refreshments will be served.
This Student Wellbeing initiative uses tea as a catalyst for mindfulness. Part education/part relaxation, this weekly workshop explores the ancient practice of “gong fu cha” – also known as “making tea with skill” – and highlights various types of single-origin teas, teaware, tea terroir, tea producers, brewing techniques, and the science behind the leaf.
Each session will foster a space that focuses on the power and simplicity of the present moment, as well as hands-on brewing engagement.
Workshop offered Mondays, from 4-5 pm, at the Howard Thurman Center, 808 Commonwealth Avenue. Register each week for that week's session. If this week’s session is full, keep checking back as registration is posted on a weekly basis.
Stress ReLeaf: Working with Tea for Calm & Focus Spring 2024 Dates
- January 22
- January 29
- February 5
- February 12
- February 26
- March 4
- March 18
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 22
- April 29
And be sure to check out this video in BU Today for a sneak peek at this awesome workshop!
Play Games, relax in a hammock, and enjoy free food at today's event at the GSU.
“We’re social creatures and going through something like finals, it’s just inherently stressful,” says Pedro Falci (COM’11, Wheelock’15), director of Student Wellbeing. “So, there’s something communal about getting to share that burden with fellow peers and talk it out. Taking a break now before that stretch really kicks in to recharge your physical batteries, your mental batteries, and emotional batteries.”
Check out BU Today's feature on the Wellbeing Experience.
Tomorrow is December 1, and sometimes this month can feel a little overwhelming. It’s important we make room to care for ourselves, and our emotional wellbeing.
To support you, Headspace has created a December calendar, offering daily tips and tools that encourage mindfulness, relaxation, and reflection. Because Headspace understands that peace of mind is the biggest gift we can give ourselves. And when we take care of ourselves, we are better able to show up for others, this season and beyond.
Don't have a meal plan or plans for Thanksgiving? Join our community for a traditional Thanksgiving Meal with plenty of sweet goods, classic side dishes, and oven-roasted delights, including great vegan options! 🍁
You must register by midnight on 11/15. You are welcome to bring a guest who is not part of the BU community. However, their cost will be $16.70 per person, payable at the door. Meal will be served 3-8 pm on Thursday, November 23 at Marciano Commons (100 Bay State Road).
Press pause on your busy routine for a few moments and join us at “The Wellbeing Experience” on Wednesday, December 6, 3-6 pm, in Metcalf Ballroom (GSU 2nd floor) and Wednesday, January 24, 5-7 pm, in the Hiebert Lounge (Med Campus).
This event, intentionally scheduled a few days prior to the start of reading period and final exams, as well as at the start of a busy semester, invites all students to momentarily step away from their academic commitments to enjoy some activities that promote community, relaxation, gratitude, creativity and play. By visiting unique stations, students will experience wellbeing activities that can be incorporated into their lives in ways big and small during their college years and beyond!
Each experience has been created to support various dimensions of your wellbeing. Try the Hangout Hammocks. Practice Gratitude on the Spot. Relax in the Zen Zone. Or get nostalgic at The Play Station.
Food and refreshments will be served. This event is always a student favorite – so grab your friends and we’ll see you there!
Thank you to our Wellbeing Experience sponsors, Undergraduate and Graduate Affairs.
Bring shelf stable food items to any BU men's hockey home game in November and be entered to win a 12-person suite to the 1/27 BC game!
It is estimated that 30-50% of college students experience food insecurity. Learning and thriving can’t happen when a student is concerned about where their next meal will come from.
We have the unique opportunity to provide assistance to those within our own community. Help BU Student Wellbeing “Check Hunger” by bringing non-perishable food items to any Terriers men’s hockey games in November. Donations will be collected in the Agganis Arena lobby, then delivered to the BU Food Pantry, which is open to all BU students.
Your donation will enter you to win a suite for 12 at the 1/27 men’s Hockey game against Boston College. Parking and Food included!
Learn more about the BU Food Pantry.
Items accepted at the Food Pantry are:
- Canned beans
- Canned soups
- Canned vegetables
- Mac and cheese
- Granola bars
- Boxed Cereal
- Dry Beans
- White or brown rice (1-2 pound bags)
- Canned tuna or chicken
- Peanut butter
Thanks to partners BU Men's Hockey, BU Athletics and the Agganis Arena.