Student wellness at OU focuses on empowering students to be able to make wise decisions for their health and well-being. Our team collaborates across campus to provide relevant, high-quality health programs and educational opportunities to all students. Programs may be requested by resident assistants, academic peer mentors, advisers, academic instructors, student groups, etc. If you work with students, we want to work with you.
Check out our programs and read about health coaching below. Feel free to stop by the wellness suite to learn more.
All programs are listed in GrizzOrgs and may be counted towards Leadership and Student Professional Development (confirm with your supervisor). Unless otherwise noted, programs will last 45-50 minutes. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend all programs if space allows.
Wellness in the House Series: New Year, New You
1/11/17, 7 p.m. Vandenberg Glass Rooms
Ready to make lasting changes for your health and wellness? Learn how to apply SMART goal techniques to behavior changes that will stick with you now and for the future. We will focus on weight and nutrition management, physical activity and stress management.
Getting Back in the Groove
1/18/17, 2 p.m. Recreation Center Herman Room
Learn to manage time and prioritize your activities in an effort to give you school-work-life balance. Students will improve their skills in managing a schedule, learning to say "no", and practicing self-care. Participants will get to make and keep a to-do list tool.
2/9/17, 2 p.m. Recreation Center Herman Room
Learn about the positive impact that practicing gratitude can have for your well-being. Participants will learn techniques for practicing gratitude and will make a gratitude journal for them to keep and use.
Wellness in the House Series: Battle of the Sexes: Relationships, Sex & Chocolate
2/13/17, 7 p.m. Vandenberg Glass Rooms
Romantic, platonic, roommates, BFFs-----relationships are complicated! This Jeopardy-style competition will help you navigate relationships, understand your partner's needs, and increase sexual health knowledge (while eating chocolate).
National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: Mirror Image
3/2/17, 10 a.m., Recreation Center Herman Room
Participants will learn about body image and how it may affect their mental and physical health. The signs and symptoms of eating disorders will be addressed along with how to talk to a friend and refer them to get help.
Nutrition Myths Debunked
3/15/17, 2 p.m., Recreation Center Herman Room
Think you understand what 'natural', 'organic', and 'GMO' really mean? Come find out! Participants will learn how to make informed decisions about what they buy, cook and eat.
Wellness in the House Series: Munch into Mindfulness
3/21/17, 7 p.m., Vandenberg Glass Room
Want to learn to enjoy your food without overeating or overthinking? This program will teach you to eat mindfully while discussing the basics of nutrition, portion control, and stress eating.
Wellness in the House Series: Sit Smart, Study Smart
4/6/17, 7 p.m., Vandenberg Glass Room
Your brain may be ready for finals, but is your body? The way we sit and interact with our physical environment can positively or negatively affect our health. Come learn how to apply ergonomics to your study area.
Laugh Your Stress Away
4/13/17, 10 a.m., Recreation Center Herman RoomWhy do you enjoy watching animals do funny stuff on Youtube? Because our bodies relax when we laugh. Come learn how laughter can reduce stress and increase your quality of life.
- Monday: Kickoff Event in the front lobby of the Rec Well from 11:30-1:00. Eating disorders screening available.
- Tuesday: Mirror Image Workshop 10 a.m.-11 a.m. in the Recreation Center Herman Room (changed from Thursday)
- Wednesday: Moving screening of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants at 7 pm in Hanna 195. Eating disorders screening available.
- Thursday: OUr Loved Bodies Photo Op in the Fireside Lounge from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The first 100 people will receive a free t-shirt and we will take the pictures for the social media "I Love My Body" campaign.
- Friday: Drawing for the social media contest. Throughout the week students will be encouraged to share positive body image pictures, thoughts, etc using a specific hashtag. They will be entered to win a prize for participating.
Information coming soon
A discussion of myths, misinformation and facts on GMOs, vaccines, and other prominent health issues. Learn how to make informed decisions about your health and well-being.
Staying Healthy (60 minutes)
Based on the COM 101 curriculum, this program discusses stress management, weight and nutrition management, sexual health, and substance use.
Learn how to set yourself up for success when making health changes and setting goals.
ENERGYou! (30-60 minutes)
Discover how to energize your life through simple changes in how you move, eat, and sleep.
An interactive game format that introduces students to nutrition and physical activity, substance use, sexual health, and stress.
Stop Counting Sheep--Go to Sleep! (30-45 minutes) Learn the importance of sleep and techniques to help you fall asleep and get enough rest.
This gatekeeper training teaches individuals how to recognize the warning signs of mental health problems or suicidal thoughts and respond in a caring, effective manner.
iPause (30-60 minutes)
An introduction to stress management through mindfulness techniques including breathing and body scanning.
Mental Health First Aid Adult (8 hours)
An in-depth exploration of common mental health problems in adults and how to respond to them.
Mental Health First Aid Youth (8 hours)
An in-depth exploration of mental health problems in adolescents and how to respond to them.
An introduction to relationships, communication and consent.
A fun and interactive introduction to STDs, pregnancy and resources.
An interactive program that focuses on the effects of alcohol and responsible drinking.
Made of Substance (30 minutes)
An introduction to substance misuse, abuse and dependence.
Mindful Eating (30-60 minutes)
An introduction to mindfulness-based eating that will help individuals better gauge hunger, satiety and limit mindless or emotional eating.
Nutrition 101 (30-60 minutes)
An introduction to the basics of nutrition and how to maintain a balanced diet.
Nutrition Family Feud (30 minutes)
Love 'healthy' competition? This spin on Nutrition 101 concepts will engage and educate your group.
Stimulants (30-60 minutes)
A discussion of the most commonly used stimulants (focus on caffeine), their effects, and how to manage them.
Eat Healthy, Be Active (45-60 minutes)
Healthy eating and physical activity work hand in hand to help us live healthier lives. Find out the basics of nutrition and physical activity.
The goal of wellness coaching is to help you make changes in your life and take control of your health and wellness. There is no grading in wellness coaching and the changes you make are totally up to you. The coach will not “make” you do anything but will help you along the way by providing you with strategies to achieve your goals. After an initial face-to-face meeting (50-60 minutes), wellness coaching can happen via e-mail, over the phone, or continue face-to-face. This is a free service offered to students. Faculty and staff interested in health coaching should contact their health insurance provider or employee assistance program (EAP).
If you are interested in meeting with the wellness coach, email Erica Wallace at email@example.com or call 248-370-4424. You may also submit a coaching request here. If you feel you want personal counseling, please contact OU Counseling Center at 248-370-3465.
Please note: wellness coaching will now take place in the wellness suite of the recreation center. Currently enrolled students may receive up to 5 coaching sessions per semester. A student who misses more than one session (less than 24 hours notice or no-show) will forfeit any remaining sessions for the semester.
Use these resources to help you gain knowledge and identify tools to recognize and control stress.
Time management is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities. Effective time management is a balance of your time, energy and attention. Time management techniques include:
- Time chunking Try this technique instead of multitasking. To time chunk, work consistently on a single task for 25 minutes, take a 5 minute break, and repeat. It may be helpful to set a timer to stay on track.
- Combating Procrastination Determine why you procrastinate. Is it hard to get started? Do you get bored? Are you a perfectionist? Use this infographic to learn ways to beat procrastination.
- Getting organized This starts at the beginning of the semester. Begin by updating your planner with important dates, getting a folder for each class, and putting away all study materials in their respective folder. Being organized from the start will save you valuable time later when you are trying to study.
- Using the 5 Day Study Plan
Pomodoro Timer for Apple
ClearFocus: Pomodoro Timer for Android
Every Study Tip You Ever Wanted to Know! Really.
How Time Chunking Works
Note Taking Strategies for Success
Test anxiety is a type of performance anxiety experienced by students both before and during an exam. However, not all test anxiety is bad. Everyone needs some amount of stimulation to feel motivated toward a challenge. Too much or too little stimulation can negatively affect your motivation and performance. You should find your optimal zone of stimulation to achieve your best performance.
Test anxiety can be caused by: poor time management, failure to organize class information, or by our own negative expectations or thoughts about our personal performance. Common signs and symptoms include: sweaty palms, headaches, tense muscles, going on questions, doing poorly on an exam even though you know the material, and difficulty organizing thoughts.
Strategies to help:
- Build an exam routine; consider using an exam checklist to prep for your test
- Outline the test material into small, manageable chunks
- Practice a relaxation technique
- Avoid cramming
- During the exam, don’t rush when reading the questions
- Daniel Goleman describes the Stress/Performance curve in Focus, Flow, Frazzle
Merriam Webster defines purpose as “the reason why something is done, the aim or goal of a person” or “what a person is trying to do or become.” Finding your own purpose can be challenging. Purpose can be found through a combination of the following:
- Attitude- how we interpret our experiences
- Creation- what we create, achieve, and accomplish
- Experience- what is gained from our experiences
Purpose lies within our attitude, which is one thing we can always control. Research shows there really is a science to positive thinking. Our positive attitude can be increased by practicing self-care, being mindful and thankful, and replacing negative self-talk. Maintaining a healthy attitude and sense of perspective is key when handling challenging situations.
The Three A's of Awesome: Neil Pasricha, owner of the blog, 1000 Awesome Things, reveals what he believes are the 3 secrets to an awesome life.
Checking and savings accounts can both help you get a grip on your finances. Checking accounts function like a wallet, while savings accounts serve as an indestructible safe. Many banks offer joint checking and saving accounts with no fee for enrolled students. Credit cards, when used correctly, are a great tool for establishing good credit. Building positive credit history now will make your transition into adulthood, as well as your future finances, that much easier. Follow the “golden rules” of money management:
- Track your purchases
- Implement a budget plan
- Pay off your balance at the end of each month
- Be cautious with your credit card information
Resources:WORKSHEET: Estimate a Budget
All relationships take work; healthy ones are built on mutual respect. Mutual respect allows your relationship to continue to grow through trust and support, compromise, separate identities, and good communication. Communication is not just about what is spoken, your body language has a large impact on communication as well. Body language includes eye contact, facial expression, and gestures. Conflict is expected in any relationship. Assertive communication through the use of “I” statements can help you effectively manage conflict. There is something to learn from every relationship. Manage your expectations and accept the differences of others to have healthy, fulfilling relationships. It is also important to be able to identify an unhealthy relationship.
Unhealthy relationships involve:
- Isolation and/or excessive control
- Threats and/or intimidation
- Physical and/or emotional abuse
If you recognize these characteristics within any relationship, know that there are safe and confidential resources available to you, including the Oakland University Counseling Center.
Self Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self Awareness allows you to understand how people perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment. With better self–awareness, we can improve our relationships, and reach our goals more effectively so that we can live the life we desire. This leads to better self-assessment and finally to greater self confidence. Self awareness is developed through practice of focusing your attention on the details of your personality and behavior in the moment. A mindfulness practice is the foundation for self-awareness. Mindfulness is a tool for investigating the mind and for discovering more about ourselves and how we relate to the world. As we observe our emotions and thoughts we develop a calm and clear mind.
Self-regulation is not the oppression of emotions, but rather, the deliberate adjustment of our behavior. To enhance your self-regulation, you will need to self-monitor and alter your perception. Self-monitoring is the regular observation of your body’s physical and emotional state. To self-monitor you will need to: be aware of your environment, notice your language, and be mindful of your body. Perception is your interpretation of the world around you. What are your biggest stressors? Time management, test anxiety, personal finances--what are your perception of these factors? New research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. By altering your perception, you can change your reality.
Resources:TED Talk: Make Stress Your Friend
Motivation is a skill that pushes us to achieve our goals and a neurological process that relies heavily on dopamine. To get motivated try these techniques:
- Set incremental goals: Allow yourself to experience frequent positive feedback as you progress through a series of small goals.
- Reward Yourself: We are more likely to repeat a behavior when we receive a reward after it is completed. Use a reinforcer to motivate yourself through your to-do list.
- See the future: Having our “eyes on the prize” can be the extra kick we need to reach our goals. Take a moment each day to imagine reaching your end goal; how you will feel, what will happen after, or how those around you will respond.
- Lead the way: Be a leader- if not to others, then to yourself. Be in control of the situation. Speak kindly to yourself. Be honest about where you are at. If you aren't happy with it, have confidence in your ability to redirect yourself.
Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. Our fast-paced lives can quickly water down our empathy for others. We may think there isn’t time to consider others’ feelings. Doing so, however, has benefits that reach across our personal lives and into the community. Empathy is a skill that can be built through curiosity, active listening, kindness and leadership. With an increased consideration for others, you can live a more impactful life.
Practicing kindness has an immediate effect on our mental state, along with various long-term health benefits. Gratitude, self-love, and a connectedness to the world around you all contribute to your ability to be an engaged world citizen. Through small daily kindnesses, you can quickly turn compassion into habit and influence others to do the same. Kindness truly is its own reward.
Mindfulness is the art of paying attention to the present moment with an open and curious mind. It is a tool for investigating the mind and for discovering more about ourselves and how we relate to the world. There are numerous health benefits of practicing mindfulness including a stronger immune response, improved focus and concentration, improved relationships, and decreased anxiety and stress. You can meditate sitting (in a chair or on a cushion),walking, standing, or lying down and in the midst of your daily activities. While a formal meditation practice is extremely beneficial for bringing mindfulness into our lives, we can also practice informally by bringing our attention to the present moment through mindful pauses.
Use these resources to help you gain knowledge and identify tools for the most common concerns for college students.