Work-Life

Mindfulness Spring Refresh and Renew

16 Apr 2020

Mindful@Home Free Mini-Retreat

To help you practice healthy self-care and connect with compassion, we’re offering our Spring Refresh, a FREE 3-Day Online Mini-Retreat, with guided practices for self-care and rejuvenation. These practices are designed to help you consciously invite greater simplicity, love, and compassion into your life, while clearing away those habits that no longer serve you.

How to Manage Your Stress When the Sky is Falling

14 Apr 2020

It’s natural to feel stressed right now. As we try to navigate our new normal, we’re worried about getting sick or losing our jobs, we’re inundated with news about death tolls and an economic recession, and we’re isolated from coworkers, friends, and family.

Free Speakers Series from NAMI of Greater Des Moines

8 Apr 2020

NAMI of Greater Des Moines is offering a free speaker series beginning Wednesday, April 8th.  Every Wednesday at noon, NAMI will host a nationally-renowned motivational speaker who is part of the Midwest Speakers Bureau. Their promise is to offer a new perspective and a little inspiration to carry you through the week. 

Keeping Community.

Staying connected and keeping a sense of community is more important now than ever in this time of working at home, social/physical distancing and ever changing circumstances. We all need human connection and unfortunately, this prolonged social isolation can really impact all aspects of our well-being. You may feel like your colleagues appear to have it all worked out and you are still struggling.  Remember, working remotely and work-life balance look different for everyone.  You will figure out what works for you, but it takes time and support! 

Being kind and compassionate to yourself and staying connected to family, friends and colleagues during this time, is a priority for ISU WellBeing!  We will be hosting several live events each week to support our ISU community and to help create some opportunities for connection. Check out the details below for three new offerings: Mid-Morning Mindfulness, Well-being Wednesdays, and Friday Walk and Talks.

If you have any questions, please email ISU WellBeing.

Well-being Wednesday Conversations - Recordings


Keeping Community.

Staying connected and keeping a sense of community is more important now than ever in this time of working at home, social/physical distancing and ever changing circumstances. We all need human connection and unfortunately, this prolonged social isolation can really impact all aspects of our well-being. You may feel like your colleagues appear to have it all worked out and you are still struggling.  Remember, working remotely and work-life balance look different for everyone.  You will figure out what works for you, but it takes time and support! 

Being kind and compassionate to yourself and staying connected to family, friends and colleagues during this time, is a priority for ISU WellBeing!  We will be hosting several live events each week to support our ISU community and to help create some opportunities for connection. Check out the details below for three new offerings: Mid-Morning Mindfulness, Well-being Wednesdays, and Friday Walk and Talks.

 

 


If you have any questions, please email ISU WellBeing.


Keeping Community.

In this time of working at home, social distancing and endless and ongoing changes, sometimes it is difficult to figure out which is the right way.  Your colleagues appears to have it all worked out and you are still struggling.  Remember, work-life balance looks different for everyone.  You will figure out what works for you.  Be kind and compassionate to yourself as well as others.  

Once of the challenges during these changing times is how to Keep Community and Stay Connected.  

This is a priority for Iowa State University and ISU WellBeing, so beginning now ISU WellBeing will be hosting several live events each week to support being a community and staying connected. 

Check out the details below for Mid-Morning Mindfulness, Well-being Wednesdays, and Friday Walk and Talk.

If you have any questions - email ISU WellBeing.

 

Break the Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle

19 Mar 2020

Author and assistant professor at Brown University, Judson A. Brewer, M.D. , shares perspective on how the panic and anxiety spreads during challenging times and how your brain naturally responds in this situation. Learn how simple awareness can help you break from the anxiety cycle.

 

University Well-being Leadership Alliance (UWLA)

In July 2016, Iowa State University’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan was completed and adopted by the Iowa Board of Regents. In the plan, the University adopted several Goals designed to encompass the spirit of whole person and whole system approaches to well-being, including Goal 3: Improve the quality of life for all Iowans through services and programs dedicated to economic development and the promotion of healthy communities, people, and environments, and Goal 4: Continue to enhance and cultivate the ISU Experience where faculty, staff, students, and visitors are safe and feel welcomed, supported, included, and valued by the university and each other. These goals recognize the importance of the interdependence of our people, our communities, and our world in transforming the culture at Iowa State University.

The University Well-being Leadership Alliance (UWLA) provides a venue for cultivating this interconnectedness and affirming the strategic direction for well-being at Iowa State University through ongoing communication, innovation, and collaboration. This systemic approach will create the opportunity to tap into the energy and enthusiasm of invested individuals and entities for thoughtful dialogue, aligned direction, and coordinated action across the University.

Purpose

The purpose of the University Well-being Leadership Alliance (UWLA) is to create a teaming environment that provides an opportunity for invested stakeholders to collaborate across the University, to better align well-being priorities, and to take action in mobilizing the strategic direction for well-being at Iowa State University. By focusing on Goal 4 (and specifically Subgoal 4.2), the UWLA will enhance and promote all dimensions of well-being on the individual and institutional level. This focus will also indirectly address Goal 3, as campus is the hub that impacts our land grant mission throughout the state of Iowa. This cultural and systemic approach would include the following:

  • Built environments (anything structural with a focus on safety, functionality, sustainability, and connection to nature and to other people),
  • People (utilization of programs, policies, and practices that encourage and support employees and students), and
  • Social norms (the “why we do what we do” – shifting toward a more sustainable work life, more supportive student life, and more welcoming campus).

 

 
 

 

While the UWLA supports all subgoals under Goal #4, the UWLA’s primary focus is to advance Subgoal #4.2 to enhance the safety, health, well-being, and security of faculty, staff, students and visitors. The deliverables would include but are not limited to:

  • Improving the climate at Iowa State University with physical changes that cultivate a safe and supportive environment thereby recognizing the interconnectedness of individuals and the environment.
  • Strengthening our ISU culture to foster compassion, collaboration, and connection by promoting an inclusive community, positive social interaction, and mutual respect.
  • Enriching the quality of life for ISU students and employees by emphasizing individual and institutional well-being and addressing determinants of health, including:
    • improved equity,  
    • mental, physical and economical health,
    • social justice and respect for diversity,
    • safety and security,
    • sustainability, and
    • access to food.
  • Enhancing the ISU Experience by creating conditions to continually encourage well-being, engage strengths, and inspire personal development throughout the university.

 

Click to view the full UWLA Charter
Click here to view the UWLA Strategic Priorities

For more information email ISU WellBeing at wellbeing@iastate.edu

 

 

Flu Vaccinations Available at ISU and Local Pharmacies

Occupational Medicince, Ames Lab - 205 Technical and Administrative Service Facility (TASF)

Healthiest State Walk Comes to Campus Friday October 7

20 Sep 2016

Let's have some fun and "Walk as One!" Join your fellow Iowans in all 99 counties and participate as ISU WellBeing hosts one of Iowa's Healthiest State Walks on Friday, October 7.

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