Wellness Days

Do something. Do nothing. It's your day.

Wellness Days are an opportunity for you to step away from class, take a breath, and prioritize your individual wellbeing however you choose to do so. Whether you use these days to catch some z's, safely connect with friends and family, or try out new experiences you've been looking forward to in the midst of this busy semester - it’s all about you.  Consider IU Wellness Days to be a choose-your-own-adventure experience. So, how will you spend yours?

Whether you're starting your Wellness Day adventure in the great outdoors or while lying in bed, spending it solo or safely with friends as your trusty sidekicks, it's all up to you. If you're looking for a good place to start, consider one of the many options being offered!

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Tips to make the most out of your Wellness Day

  1. Plan ahead and be mindful of the time
    Sometimes, especially when you are under stress, you can be on “autopilot” and go through the motions during the day. When you are in autopilot mode, time flies. During your Wellness Day, turn off your autopilot and turn on your ability to be mindful of the time and make the most out of your day. Plan your activities: be creative, be gentle with yourself, and focus on nurturing your body and mind.

  2. Make a manageable plan and keep it simple
    You can go overboard with the planning, which can increase stress and make you feel disappointed and frustrated with yourself if you do not meet those goals. Keep it simple: focus on activities that are nourishing, restorative, and that have reenergized you in the past. Focus on the basics: eat nutritious food, sleep, keep yourself hydrated, do some physical exercise, and connect with your support system. Also, decrease activities that could be draining, such us use of substances, excessive use of caffeine, excessive exposure to social media, and binge watching. Taking a break from screens can make a difference, even if it is for a day.

  3. Add different types activities
    Once you have planned for the basics in your schedule for the day, ask yourself if your day is balanced. Try to add activities that are outdoor, indoor, more structured, or less structured. Explore the Wellness Day calendar for ideas that will inspire you to nourish different aspects of your life.

  4. Try something new
    If you have self-care already incorporated to your daily life, a Wellness Day could be an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and explore stimulating new activities to add to your regular self-care routine. Explore the Wellness Day calendar and search for activities you could look forward to. 

 

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