March: Intellectual and Physical Wellbeing

Thrive_Horz_BlackThis month in our Parents  blog, we are giving you tips, tools and resources for your child’s Physical and Intellectual Wellbeing. This month, we and our campus partners are hosting a variety of events on campus that support these dimensions. During midterms, we hosted free 10 minute massages in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library to relieve some of the physical tension from studying. We also had a table in the ZSR with study tools and healthy snacks for your students. Post Spring Break, we will be offering opportunities for students to offer Professor Appreciation, renew their energy during Wake ‘n Shake, and engage in physical fitness as a part of Springfest.

March is a busy month in the lives of your students. With Spring Break happening early in the month, the last few weeks of March just fly by. As the weather starts to warm up and the dream of summer becomes a reality, it is important for students to stay on top of their physical wellbeing. There is much more to Physical Wellbeing than just exercise. It’s important that students get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, but don’t forget about their sleep and nutrition! This article by USA Today has a great short checklist of things to keep in mind for your student’s Physical Wellbeing. The Center for Disease Control also offers a great physical health checklist with national hotline numbers for both you and your student. Intellectual Wellbeing includes curiosity and a perpetual quest for new ways to help ourselves and those around us. It means that we’re dedicated to the notion that the greatest minds go beyond observations and actually inspire others by cultivating ideas. If your student is in an intellectual rut, suggest these ideas to them:

  • Take an elective class in something totally different from their major at the next opportunity.
  • Start or continue reading – even a few minutes a day – something outside of their academic requirements. This can be in the form of books or magazine articles or anything else that makes you concentrate.
  • Encourage your student to take their interest and turn it into a blog.
  • Consult the Student Union’s website for short courses and take one. These can last as little as two hours in one day. Recent examples include Dress for Success and Graffiti.

Helping your student to stay focused on their studies is another part of Intellectual Wellbeing. Ball State University offers some great suggestions on how to help your students. Our own Learning Assistance Center and Disability Services recently wrote about the services they offer on campus.

Wellbeing is a lifelong journey and we hope to help your students learn valuable, lifelong skills. If you have any suggestions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email us at thrive@nullwfu.edu.

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