Wake Up to Well-being is a series designed to help promote positive practices for personal well-being. This session focuses on how to stay connected to others, particularly when you can't be physically around them.
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[00:00:02.863]I'm Sammy, I work at Big Red Resilience and Well-Being
[00:00:05.700]doing research on alcohol, and other drug education,
[00:00:08.500]and programming for the university.
[00:00:10.720]Today I want to talk to you about Wake up to Well-Being.
[00:00:13.830]Wake up to Well-Being is a series
[00:00:15.610]dedicated to helping you enhance your wellbeing
[00:00:18.220]in short 3 to 4 minute little topics and activities.
[00:00:21.830]Today's topic is about feeling connected.
[00:00:25.010]Benefits of feeling connected to others are,
[00:00:27.150]that it helps you want to do something for others,
[00:00:29.860]it helps you think about others,
[00:00:31.850]it increases your own happiness,
[00:00:33.500]and improves your current relationship.
[00:00:35.940]During these times I find that the best way
[00:00:38.230]for me to feel connected to my friends,
[00:00:40.070]family, and peers
[00:00:41.620]is calling at least one person a day
[00:00:43.630]to make sure they know I'm thinking of them.
[00:00:47.960]A sense of social connection
[00:00:50.170]is one of our fundamental human needs
[00:00:52.250]and it impacts our emotional well being,
[00:00:54.760]social well being, and physical well being.
[00:00:57.580]It is described in this slide by Brene Brown.
[00:01:00.680]During these times
[00:01:01.610]it may be hard to feel connected to others
[00:01:03.630]as we spend so much time by ourselves
[00:01:05.730]or with immediate family members.
[00:01:07.720]There are some proven ways
[00:01:08.930]that you can help develop these connection.
[00:01:12.770]Greater Good in Action delivers a variety of activities
[00:01:15.760]to support your well being.
[00:01:17.510]One of these activities helps you focus on connecting
[00:01:21.150]Try to think of a time in your life
[00:01:22.610]where you felt a strong bond with someone.
[00:01:25.060]Choose a specific example of an experience
[00:01:27.460]where you had this person feel especially close to you.
[00:01:32.790]This could be a time that you had meaningful conversations,
[00:01:36.110]gave or received support, experienced a great loss,
[00:01:39.610]or success, together,
[00:01:40.810]or witnessed a historic moment together.
[00:01:43.410]Once you've thought of a specific example
[00:01:45.620]spend a few minutes writing about what happened.
[00:01:48.230]In particular, consider the ways in which this experience
[00:01:51.870]made you feel close and connected to that other person.
[00:01:55.060]Now might be the perfect time
[00:01:56.400]to connect with that individual if you can
[00:01:58.850]and tell that you appreciate them,
[00:02:01.060]shoot them a text, give them a call, or write them an email.
[00:02:09.000]Grit Digital Health and Hopelab
[00:02:10.840]began updating Nod in March of 2020
[00:02:13.570]to address the unique challenges brought about
[00:02:15.890]by physical distancing
[00:02:17.310]and isolation from a campus environment.
[00:02:20.160]They look to the science of social connection
[00:02:22.490]to create tips and tools that help students thrive,
[00:02:25.840]even through the difficult social context of a pandemic.
[00:02:29.120]In addition to filling the app with new content and tools
[00:02:31.807]they expanded access beyond to offer Nod for free
[00:02:35.660]for all students.
[00:02:36.880]Big Red Resilience and Well-Being
[00:02:39.617]encourages you to download and use Nod.
[00:02:45.570]While working at Big Red Resilience this past semester
[00:02:48.310]I have met so many students, faculty, and staff
[00:02:50.810]that have created a hugely positive impact
[00:02:52.950]on my college experience.
[00:02:54.680]Though we cannot work together in our offices in these times
[00:02:57.580]group messages and weekly check-in meetings
[00:02:59.650]help us to feel connected.
[00:03:01.490]I hope this presentation helped you to think about
[00:03:04.690]the ways that you feel connected to your friends,
[00:03:06.840]family, coworkers, and loved ones.
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