WELLWVU encourages West Virginia University students to adopt a chillWELL state of mind to reduce stress and optimize quality of life and performance during dead week.

chillWELL is a part of WELLWVU’s liveWELL campaign, where each month pairs social marketing campaigns with educational activities to address healthy lifestyle behaviors.

chillWELL activities have been developed to help students experience the world in a positive way. The month will conclude at chillWELL Day during dead week on Tuesday (Dec. 6) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mountainlair.

Activities include: chillPACKS, a tool developed to help students see the positive in life; heartMath, a computer program that teaches students self-regulation techniques to improve nervous system function, emotional stability and cognitive performance; lego calendar, a lego-based activity that teaches students time management skills and prioritization. Additional activities include coloring, finger painting, beading and tea making.

“Research has shown that writing three new things a day that you’re grateful for in 21 days trains your brain to scan the world for the positive,” said Colleen Harshbarger, director of health and wellness at WELLWVU. “With just two minutes of gratitude training a day, your brain is 31 percent more productive. Intelligence and creativity rise, resiliency and motivation increase and energy levels and general health and well-being improve.”

Stress was identified by WVU students as the leading impediment to academic performance on the National Collegiate Health Assessment II conducted in February. Since much of stress is determined by an individual’s perception, chillWELL activities are targeted at helping students see the world from a more positive point of view.

To learn more about how to participate in chillWELL activities, like WELLWVU on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WELLWVU) or request a program here: http://well.wvu.edu/wellness/request_program.

WELLWVU’s website has interactive games and articles related to stress management and chill “wellcasts,” for stress reduction at http://well.wvu.edu/stress_management. Each Monday, WELLWVU posts on MIX “Healthy Monday” video messages related the liveWELL. Watch for chillWELL messages through December.

-WVU-

cr/12/05/11

CONTACT: Colleen Harshbarger, WELLWVU
304-293-5054, Colleen.Harshbarger@mail.wvu.edu

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