Hello from the Office of Student Wellness!

We are so excited to welcome everyone back together again for a wonderful academic year ahead. Between classes, orgs, team practices, hanging out with friends, and all that's in between - you may find yourself with questions about balancing your wellness. That's why we are here to help!

Each month we will send out our wellness newsletter, featuring resources and programs from partners across campus on all aspects of your wellness to help you be well at Wellesley!

Want to learn more? Check out our website and IG
Looking to connect? Set up a consultation to meet with a professional in OSW!

Be well,
The Office of Student Wellness

What are the 8 dimensions of wellness? We know that we are all complex individuals with dynamic needs, so too is our well-being. Therefore, we embrace 8 holistic dimensions of wellness, which includes emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, financial, social, environmental, and spiritual wellness. Each month we will be spotlighting a different dimension of wellness every month, along with resources and programs to support your wellness! 

This month, we are spotlighting physical wellness, which involves caring for our body, including our sleep, exercise, nutrition, sexual health, immunity, and substance use. Like all of the dimensions of wellness, physical wellness is intimately tied to all aspects of our wellness; for example, sharing a meal with a friend helps fuel our bodies, while also being a great way to strengthen our social and emotional wellness. Check out tips and programs below to support your physical wellness!

▪ As the academic year gets under way, it's a great time to explore routines to best support your whole self, including your physical wellness!
▪ Perhaps it's setting up a routine to support more restful sleep, connecting with our Nutritionist, or incorporating substance use harm reduction and bystander strategies to help yourself or a sib in need! 
To schedule a visit, refill a medication, or ask a question, call Health Services (781-283-2810 M-F between 8:30am-5pm) or use the Patient Gateway.
▪ Gynecology specialty visits at Health Services will be returning, beginning 9/20. Please call 617-965-7800 to book an appointment.
▪ Follow @wchealthservices to stay updated on all the great things happening at Health Services!
Looking for a fun way to move your body? Check out all that PERA has going on this month!

Grit N Wit: 9/16 from 4-6pm on Sev & Chapel Lawns
Open Boathouse every M, Tu, Th, F 12:30-2:00pm
▪ Walktober Registration begins in late September!
New! Check out the new equipment in the Fitness Center's "Coach Cardio Corner," including Echelon's Reflect Smart Mirror and Connect Spin Bike!
COVID-19: As the public health situation continues to evolve and COVID-19 becomes endemic, we are carefully following CDC and other public health guidance. For more information, please refer to updated FAQs and check out the Keeping Wellesley Healthy website. Reminder that Health Services is able to perform same-day rapid PCR tests for symptomatic students!

Monkeypox: Per the CDC, while the overall risk of monkeypox is low for the US public, and monkeypox remains much harder to transmit than other viruses (like COVID-19), it's important to stay informed to stay safe. To learn more, please check out this handout and the video "5 Things You Need to Know About Monkeypox" both from the CDC. Please note, Health Services is in communication with infectious disease colleagues at Newton-Wellesley Hospital to stay up-to-date with the latest protocols, diagnostics, and treatment.

Flu: Health Services will be at various sites throughout campus this year, so be on the lookout soon for dates/times and how to sign up for flu clinics!

As you settle into your routine on-campus, explore the following resources from the Office of Student Wellness to support your wellbeing in the year ahead!

▪ Book a consultation with a staff member in OSW for support on sleep, nutrition, or self-care
▪ Use our workbook to create your own self-care plan
▪Take the Reflect to Connect: Wellness Reflection Tool and get connected to resources on-campus
▪ Download this free sleep app to support restful nights!

Join us for two upcoming programs for your wellness!
▪  Welcome Back with Wellness tabling on Wednesday 9/7 from 11-1:30pm in Lulu Lobby with our wellness trivia wheel, prizes, and info to stay well this year!

Wellness Fair on Wednesday 9/14 from 1-3pm on the Chapel Lawn featuring lawn games, bouquet making, self-care items, and much more! 

As you start the year, we want to empower you to care for your whole self, including nourishing your mind! 
▪ Learn more about the Stone Center in this video
Schedule initial counseling appointments online
▪ Our group and workshop schedule schedule will be updated this month, so check back soon!
▪ For more information, please visit our website
Join the Office of Student Wellness and the Stone Center and take a "paws for wellness" with a therapy dog visit on Monday, September 26th in the Clapp Library SMILES Lounge (1st floor).

This program is drop-in, so stop by any time between 3:00-4:30pm. Can't make it this time? Join us next month on 10/24 at the same time and place!
Come by Green Gatherings, a diverse event for all things nature, landscape, and environment, every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30pm starting September 13th. Open to all students, staff, and faculty, in the Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden if weather is nice, or at the Science Center 1st Floor Hub. Contact if you have questions or need directions. All are welcome!
Join the Paulson Initiative for Mindful Birdwatching on Friday, September 23 at 8:30am, no experience needed! Come listen to, observe, and take a relaxing morning walk in the beautiful fall colors, meet at the Lulu Firepit.

Are you looking for some relaxation? Take some time to enjoy the nature sounds from Lake Waban or check out the Paulson Initiative's nature mindfulness practices!
Welcome back Wellesley! Join OSI and various departments for welcome week programming during the first week of classes!

Social wellness helps us stay connected to those around us, especially as we build a new community this fall! Check out events to meet new friends and view the full schedule here, and then be sure to check out all of OSI's fall programs by viewing the fall calendar of events!
Weekly services with ORSL begin with the first week of classes, with Flower Sunday on September 18th at 10:30am in Houghton Chapel. A reminder that students with religious observances may make arrangements with instructors within the first two weeks of the semester, if they need an accommodation. Our office offers confidential support for all students - Why Talk to a Chaplain. We look forward to meeting you!
As your semester begins, you can begin taking new steps towards financial wellness.

Check out the You Need a Budget (YNAB) app. It's free for the first 34 days for all members, and then free for another 12 months for college students! Here you can work on the skills of “giving every dollar a job,” including savings that contribute to your wellness.
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