For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a “waste-not, want-not” kind of person. Last April, when I accepted a position at WSU, I was excited. Of course I was excited about the job, and the innovative community I was joining, but I was also looking forward to taking advantage of alternative commuting options. I wasn’t sure if I could be successful biking to work and back home each day, so I set a goal. I called it my 30 Day Green Challenge. My goal was to bike to work at least 4 days a week, for 30 days. I wanted to give myself one day to drive in case I needed to lug large items to work, or attend mid-day appointments. I am glad to report that I was successful with my 30 Day Green Challenge. Beyond successful. I found that I could be pretty creative with bringing larger items on my bike, and that most of my appointments could be scheduled within walking or biking distance of campus. I only drove to work two days that month.
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Dr. Chaytor is a clinical psychologist with expertise in brain-behavior relationships (how our brains take in our world and produce emotions, thinking and other behavior). She was a practicing clinical neuropsychologist at UW Medicine for 11 years working with patients with neurological illness and injury. She conducted evaluations of patients in order to better understand the cognitive and emotional consequences of brain changes and help them return to work, school or home. She also did short-term problem focused psychotherapy helping patients adjust to their illness or injury. » More …
Stop eating mindlessly – placing food in your mouth unconsciously, barely chewing, and not tasting it. Take some time with each bite paying particular attention to the sensations (smell, sight, sound, and taste), thoughts, and feelings. Here’s how to eat mindfully and fully enjoy all of the tasty offerings. » More …
Yoga (via Zoom) – ongoing; current session runs Wednesday, August 26 through Wednesday, October 21
Virtual Fall Festival
Block off your calendar on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. for an hour of fun wellness activities. This is a great opportunity to break away from your email for a bit while reconnecting with coworkers you probably haven’t seen in about six months. Plus, you might learn a thing or two!
Here’s what the Wellness Collaborative has lined up for you:
“Let’s Make a Deal”-inspired scavenger hunt This scavenger hunt will have you and your teammates hunt for specific items in your house, around your workplace, or wherever you are. The team that finds the most items in the least amount of time wins!
Line dancing – learn how to dance, from Dusty with Litefeet (yeehaw!)
All activities will be conducted via Zoom. Spouses, kids, and other house guests are welcome to join. So mark your calendar and sign up now!
Our on-campus, no-sweat flow yoga classes help you maintain and gain flexibility, build strength, and relax your mind. The class is ongoing and runs most of the year, except on university holidays and during the December break.
Session Dates & Class Days/Times
Wednesday, August 26 – Wednesday, October 21 (no class on Labor Day, Monday, September 7)
Classes run Mondays and Wednesdays, noon – 1 p.m. (An optional Friday add-on class is available as well – contact yoga instructor Jenni Wade for details.)
Location: To comply with social distancing measures taken to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak, classes are offered online through Zoom until further notice.
Cost: Drop-in rates are $8 per class. Prepay rates are $80 for the entire session ($5 per class for 16 classes) or $40 for a Monday-only or Wednesday-only half session. Payments can be made through Venmo to @Jenni-Wade. For Paypal info or other payment questions, contact Jenni Wade. (Note: Prepayers should pay within a week of the start of the session. Drop-in payments should be made by the end of each class.)