Posts Tagged 'Wellness'

New employee wellness space

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Hello again Marquette! I am bringing you some exciting news this week. You may have already heard, but yesterday we celebrated the grand opening of our new employee-dedicated wellness space located in the lower level of Coughlin Hall. I hope you all had the opportunity to join us at the grand opening yesterday afternoon.

This new wellness space is such a wonderful addition to campus, the MU Employee Wellness team is certainly very excited about it! This new space allows Marquette’s employees to utilize the space to improve themselves and their wellness. It has a similar concept to Marquette’s Interfaith Meditation Space, allowing individuals to reflect on their own or possessing the ability to hold group sessions dedicated to wellness. The Interfaith Meditation Space is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am to 11:45 pm, and Sunday from 9:00 am to 11:45 pm. That already gives our campus a extensive lot of time to access the space and to work on our wellness.

The best part about the new wellness space though? It’s open 24 hours a day! This means that if you’re on campus until late at night, you can go to the wellness center. Or if you decide you absolutely need to get away from home for some time to yourself, you can come in at 3:00, 4:00, or 5:00 am and it will be there for you! This space is here to help all of our staff achieve their wellness goals and find some calmness and peace of mind in the midst of our hectic, busy lives. There are plans for the new wellness space to soon hold free, on-demand, Immersive Fitness & Meditation Classes. This is such a huge step for our community because now there will be wellness classes that work with your schedule! If you are too busy to attend the regularly scheduled classes, you will now have the ability to make your own time for these classes, so no more excuses! Get out to Coughlin Hall and work on your wellness.

We will soon have more information and links on how to access the space, so when this information becomes available, this post will be updated to include these links to make it easy for you to find the information you need to achieve your new wellness goals. Remember, we are going to make this our best year yet!

Alicia Diedrich

GROW with us

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With a new semester comes so many different opportunities to grow your mind, body and spirit. Marquette offers GROW classes throughout the semester to help you do just that and more.

There are classes on everything from IT training to learning about the life of Ignatius to health topics classes and classes about beekeeping. Whatever it is you want to learn about, I am sure Marquette’s GROW classes have something to offer you during the semester. There are such a wide variety of class offerings that there is bound to be something new that you can attend every time. The goal is to help our faculty and staff to continually grow both their personal and professional knowledge and enrich their lives.

Some of the classes focus on the development of workplace skills including technology training that you can bring into your classrooms or your offices. The technology classes range from working with iPads, Skype, Powerpoint, Sharepoint, and more. Other GROW classes focus on the skills behind these: dealing with change or learning about your own work style preferences and attributes. On another hand, there are classes about sinus and allergy issues, about flu season and our immune systems, about pregnancy, and other important health topics and issues. And when I say these classes offer something for everyone, I really mean it. You can learn about sustainable gardening, or the Marquette University Mission and Ministry. Find something that interests you!

 
The classes are already underway but there are plenty of upcoming opportunities in the next couple weeks and months for you all to take part in. The best part? The GROW classes are free to Marquette’s employees. So, I urge all of you to look through the list of classes, and attend at least one during the semester. Have a wonderful week Marquette, we look forward to GROWing with you this semester. 

I am so excited to bring you a great blog on our new Employee Wellness Space next week! Make sure to join us for the grand opening on Monday, September 18th between 3 and 5 in the lower level of Coughlin Hall.

Alicia Diedrich

A quest for wellness

Hi all! This is the last blog of summer vacation, I can’t believe it went by so fast! I will be coming to you next week with a day and a half of my senior year under my belt. Because this is my senior year, I feel inspired to make this my best year yet, and I want to do that with you.

In my first blog post with the Marquette University Employee Wellness team, I shared my quest for wellness with all of you. One of the biggest aspects I focused on was that I always have highs and lows with my wellness journey. I would say that most of this summer was a wellness low for me, so I am ambitious about making this year a wellness high. Every week I blog about something we can all do to improve our wellness, but unless we are following through with these on a consistent basis, it probably won’t do much to help us meet our goals. I hope that you are all looking forward to making this year your best year alongside of me. Together, we can do this!

We have so many great resources on campus that will help you achieve your best year yet. Sign up for a group fitness class, the mindfulness meditation class, and/or take part in the National Bike Challenge. Pack a healthy lunch and snack in your bag every day, with the grand opening of Sendik’s on campus this week, it will be even easier to grab some healthy food to fuel our bodies between classes. (I don’t think I have ever been this excited about a grocery store in my life, we finally have one on campus!). Most importantly, I challenge all of us to be mindful of our everyday life, our surroundings, our decisions. If we stay mindful about our decisions, it really is just that easy. Make the mindful decision to eat the apple instead of the cake, or to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Anything you can do to give your mind and body a little healthy energy.

I am ready to take on my senior year at Marquette with a new perspective on myself and my life. I would like to encourage all of you to make this your best year yet alongside of me. Writing this blog every week will help keep me accountable for my wellness decisions, so I vow to bring all of you some great, new wellness advice every week in order to keep you accountable as well. Enjoy the last week of summer break, get in some rest and get ready for our best year yet!

Alicia Diedrich

Sweet dreams – the importance of sleep

We’ve all heard it before: sleep is important for your health and well-being. But for some reason, sleep seems to be one of the first things to take a back burner when life gets crazy. You just have to finish grading those papers, answering those emails, or maybe even just watching one more episode of your latest Netflix craze. I will admit that I too do these things. But I will also admit that because of that, I learned a hard lesson about putting my health and well-being before anything else. My freshman year of college, there was one week where EVERYTHING was due. I stayed up late working on my homework the whole week. But, that’s when classes got even more difficult because I got the flu. I was miserable the whole next week and had to miss a few classes. Bottom line is, is staying up late to finish something really worth it if it will later affect the same thing?

My answer is no. From then on, I have always completed as much homework as I possibly could within a reasonable time. I would rather take extra time on a project than turn it in in my sleep-deprived state, because it probably wasn’t done to the best of my abilities in the first place. Anything you have to do will still be there in the morning. My best tip is to learn how to practice good time management skills so you can get the beauty rest you really need.

If my personal story doesn’t convince you, then maybe some science will. According to the National Institutes of Health, a consistent loss of sleep can lead to struggling with memory, concentration, and slowed reaction time. These things are detrimental to personal and professional lives, not to mention getting into the driver’s seat of a car, or other dangerous activities. Sleep deprivation can increase the risk of accidents in the car, or just in everyday life tasks. These are only the beginning effects that sleep loss has on the body. Over time, prolonged sleep loss can lead to hostility, alcohol use, use of medications to stay awake, weight problems, poor decision making, and more

So really, just put down the work, the book, or the remote and get some shut eye. You will be a happier, healthier person both psychologically, and physiologically. And if you are having trouble sleeping all the time, you aren’t alone. There are over 40 million Americans suffering from over 70 different sleep disorders, so don’t be afraid to seek help from a doctor. Wishing you sweet dreams and a good night’s rest.

Alicia Diedrich

Wellbeing Biography: Lauren Scherer and her Crossfit love

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Gym Class (\’jim ’klas\) noun

  1. The most torturous experience in which an awkward, uncoordinated, non-athletic bookworm could be forced to participate in in front of her peers.

At least, that’s how I defined it all of my school-going life. I have never considered myself “athletic” by any means. I only played tennis in high school because there were no cuts and the team t-shirts were cool. When I got to college, however, I started exercising more regularly to get out of my “prison cell” of a dorm room, as well as for stress relief and all of those other health benefits. I tried a little of everything. Running, yoga, elliptical, Zumba, and strength training classes over the years, never really finding anything I loved to do.

CrossFit was being offered for the first time shortly after I started working at Marquette. I decided to try it out after hearing how it could transform your body, and how every workout was different so I wouldn’t get bored. It was like having your own personal trainer every time you work out. I still did not consider myself very strong or athletic, and did not know what to expect, or if I could even finish a CrossFit workout. I decided to give it a try anyway, and I’m glad I did! Three and a half years later, I’m still enjoying it, and have never felt any better, healthier, or stronger!

CrossFit at Marquette is a 45 minute class, twice per week. It starts with a warm up, and then moves on to a lifting set such as a back squat, deadlift, or overhead press. After that, the WOD (workout of the day) could range anywhere from 5-20 minutes, averaging somewhere around 12 minutes (trust me – 12 minutes sounds a lot shorter than it feels!).

The instructor, Ryan, is diligent in providing foundational knowledge behind every movement and lift, and makes sure we all have correct form before starting the WOD. These workouts are completely customizable to fit any level of fitness or mobility, which is evident in every CrossFit class at Marquette. It doesn’t matter if you’re lifting 5 lbs. or 105 lbs., there is no judgement in class, just encouragement (and maybe a little complaining to Ryan J).

While many of us are now considered “veterans” of CrossFit at Marquette, we always welcome new participants to join us for whatever torture Ryan has in store for us that day. I call it torture, and it might feel torturous at the time, but it’s worth it. I have pushed myself through tough workouts, and I have become significantly stronger because of it. The results are what keeps me coming back for more!

 

By Lauren Scherer

Preserving political wellness

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With the election season finished, I believe it is time to revisit and address the emotions we have all felt. Many people were surprised about the results of the presidential election, some are extremely happy; some are struck with grief, anxiety and fear. Political affiliations aside, I believe it is extremely important to continue having fruitful political discussion, even though the votes have already been cast.

The thing I have found most success with in the last few weeks has been having positive political discourse with those who have differing opinions to me. Hearing and truly understanding the other side of any argument is incredibly important, but this does not mean you have to change your view. Empathizing with those who may be afraid isn’t only the right thing to do, it is the only way we can preserve what makes the United States so great; our differences.

Many people have found it very helpful to temporarily disconnect themselves from major news networks and social media, and while this isn’t a permanent solution, it can definitely promote mental and emotional wellness. However, it is important to expose yourself to new experiences and social issues, so permanently tuning out those resources may end up negatively affecting people in the long run.

Psychology Today reports that 52 percent of Americans have experienced stress and anxiety from this election, and they say the way to respond is with compassion for others1. I completely agree with this sentiment. Now, more than ever, it is important to be a good person. Politics and personal beliefs aside, this world we live in needs more goodness. It is on every single one of us to make our community, our country and our world a better place. No political party, religious belief or personal opinion should ever get in the way of being a decent human being.

Here I have listed a couple articles on how to deal with post-election emotions; check them out:

 

  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-personal-renaissance/201611/moving-forward-after-the-election

By Ben Eccles

Prejudices do not make us well

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In this day and age, some people might argue that racism is dead. “We already freed the slaves,” or “The Civil Rights Movement ended years ago,” is what those people would argue. But with the election today, many of our votes are being cast based on this topic. Needless to say, racism is still a raging issue that affects us all whether we like or not.

In one of my classes today, we had a really long discussion about whether or not racism is reasonable and if it is reasonable to hope for a society someday that does not involve any form of these skin-based prejudices. In the end, we sadly had to come to the conclusion that aiming for a raceless world is a goal set way too high. Sadly. We argued that we could spend years rewiring the way people think or we could teach our kids to be more accepting. But in the end, if there is just one or two outliers, who have an opinion that someone of skin of a different color is less important, the whole ideology would be ruined. Humans are too flawed for a utopian civilization.

But we are not too flawed to be generally decent humans toward each other. And my arguments toward why you shouldn’t be racist might seem like no brainers, but prejudice truly affects us ALL. No matter what side of the story you’re on.

So I want to propose this. Racism does not make us well. It makes us close minded. And that just makes us dumber. It makes us unhappy and anxious, judging people all the time and worrying about being judged ourselves. It makes us struggle, whether we are part of the marginal or the center parts of society. Putting others down doesn’t lift you up, it makes you a lot scummier than the way that you view those you’re bashing. It promotes bullying among kids and hurts their chances of success later on in life. Supporting prejudices does not make you a victim to “oh, it’s just the way the world is,” it makes you a perpetrator too. As Desmond Tutu said, ” If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

Even though I don’t think that a racistless society is a reasonable thing to ask for, it doesn’t meant that we can’t work toward being a more inclusive, kinder, better society. Well, duh, you’re probably thinking, but it is easier said than done. I want to therefore challenge you to think outside of your own box. Look at the situation of our planet. Then of our country. Now our city. Even down to our school. If we all took one extra step every day to shed a judgement that we have of someone else around us, how would that affect the world we live in? If we took the time to put ourselves in another person’s shoes, what would we notice that we wished could be changed? What odds are stacked against us? What do we have going for us? What can we do to help each other out through this crazy thing called life?

Well, I guess I don’t really have all the answers this time. I son’t have the magic key to a more equal community. But I have those questions for food for thought. I think that just thinking about this topic is possibly enough of a seed that could grow into a more accepting culture. And if we learn to accept others more openly, that could help us accept ourselves, too. And as you may remember, one of the first steps toward wellness is accepting yourself.


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