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Be Well Together Issue #14

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November 10, 2022

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Be Well Together Update

Gompei takes the time to relax at the water wall in the newly opened CWB.

Be Well Together Update

The Center for Well-Being Is Now Open in Morgan/Daniels Wedge 

The CWB is now open! You can find us in the Morgan/Daniels Wedge, Room 102. The CWB is a supportive and safe space to gather, relax, reflect, and recharge and is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff. Please stop in to experience the soothing water wall, grab a cup of coffee or tea, learn about wellness programs and activities, and enjoy the new space by yourself or with a friend.   

Save the Date!

The CWB Open House will be Tuesday, December 6 from 2 to 6 pm, with drop-in wellness demonstrations and activities, food, and prizes. More information will be coming soon!   

How Did You Spend Your Wellness Day?  

We know that well-being is not one-size-fits-all. Let us know what you did to support your own well-being on the November 7 Wellness Day to help us plan future wellness days. Which activities did you enjoy and would like to see again? What suggestions do you have for future activities? Let us know here

Be Kind To Your Mind

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression related to changes in season, often appear when daylight lessens in late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer.  Don’t brush off this yearly feeling as simply a case of the “winter blues” or a seasonal “funk” that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year. Talk to your healthcare provider or reach out to WPI’s Student Development and Counseling Center (SDCC) or Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The SDCC offers confidential counseling and other mental health support at no cost to undergraduate and graduate students. The EAP offers confidential counseling and other behavioral/mental health support to employees and members of their households at no cost. 

Be Kind To Your Body

Data tells us that the start of the fall and spring semesters and terms—when we all return from long breaks—have the greatest number of COVID cases in our campus community. You can help to reduce the spread of COVID and help protect yourself and others:

  • Take a COVID test kit with you when you leave campus, and test 24 hours before you return.  If it is positive, stay home until you complete your isolation period, complete the Positive Case form, and follow instructions on the COVID Resources page. All WPI community members will be given an extra test kit from the vending machines to use over Thanksgiving break.
  • If you haven’t gotten a booster or been infected with COVID within the last 3-4 months, consider getting vaccinated over Thanksgiving or winter break.

More information on testing, vaccination and the WPI COVID policy can be found here.  

 

What’s Got Me Sick?

The common cold, the flu, and COVID-19 all have common symptoms—like cough, runny nose, and sore throat—but there are subtle differences. To learn more, check out the CDC page Cold vs. Flu and Flu vs. Covid-19.   Not sure what to take for your symptoms? Check out the Student Health Service’s quick guide to symptom management with some common over-the-counter medications and feel better faster.  

WPI Club Sports

Looking for a way to make new friends and stay active at the same time? Look no further than WPI’s Club Sports. Featuring more than 40 different sports and teams, the Club Sports Program welcomes all full-time undergraduate WPI students. Our focus is on involvement: Some groups are instructional or recreational, and some compete against teams from area colleges and universities. Either way, participants learn new skills, improve existing skills, and enjoy recreational, competitive and social fellowship. From cricket to spike ball and water polo, the options are virtually endless. Check them out here.

Helping You Find Balance

"The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time." —Brene Brown 

Upcoming Wellness Events

November 11

Kindness Day with SAS 10am-2pm    November 14

Mosaic: Men of Color Support Group 5-6:15pm November 15

Unraveling Faculty Burnout: Lunch & Book Discussion  Live Webinar: The Value of Student Support Services (Graduate Studies) 12-12:30pm

Diversity Training 6-7pm   November 16

Mindful Wednesdays 12:15pm 

Bite-Sized Learning Series – How are we doing so far? Revisiting performance management and goal setting 12:30-12:55pm

Recognizing Signs of Struggle in Your Student and How to Respond 5-6pm 

 Zentangle 5:15-6:15pm

To access previous versions of this newsletter, click here.

Mental Health and Well-Being Resources

Center for Well-Being   |   SDCC   |    Student Health Services

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988 or 800-273-8255 Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 Be Well Together   |   I’m Concerned About a Student form

This email is intended to be for informational purposes only and not to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you or someone you know is in imminent danger of suicidal action or other threat, call WPI Campus police at 508-831-5555 (or call 911 if off-campus) or seek emergency care at a nearby hospital.

Remember: we are all in this together.

If you have any questions or concerns about the initiatives or information listed here, please email bewelltogether@wpi.edu. Please note this email inbox is not monitored 24/7.