Thriving Together Series: How Equanimity Can Relieve Stress

Thriving Together Series: How Equanimity Can Relieve Stress By: Wilson Hurley, LCSW “Equanimity is calamity’s medicine.” - Publilius Syrus This edition was written by Wilson Hurley, LCSW, an adjunct professor in Mason’s Social Work Department who is also author of the book Compassion’s COMPASS: Strategies for Developing Kindness and Insight and a clinical social worker in private practice. Research psychologists have begun to focus on the benefits of equanimity, a form of mental stability that can be enhanced through mindfulness practice. It is an evenness of mind that is unruffled by the vicissitudes of life. Pursuing equanimity can significantly help us relieve stress. Equanimity has [...]

Thriving Together Series: How Equanimity Can Relieve Stress2022-01-07T10:43:09-05:00

Thriving Together Series: Self-Care Strategies to Prepare for Emergencies

Thriving Together Series: Self-Care Strategies to Prepare for Emergencies This is the second in a three-part series by Mason students on the importance of emergency preparedness. By: Charles Vanek, a Mason alumnus who majored in Communication “Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.” - Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto Emergencies can and do happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. It’s vital for your well-being to prepare to manage emergencies well. Self-care strategies can help you do so. Take a moment to do something that you might find psychologically uncomfortable or even difficult to do. [...]

Thriving Together Series: Self-Care Strategies to Prepare for Emergencies2022-01-07T10:43:37-05:00

Thriving Together Series: Mastering Leadership in a Virtual or Hybrid Setting

Thriving Together Series: Mastering Leadership in a Virtual or Hybrid Setting By: Shayna Bergman, Senior Manager at Deloitte Services LP, and Executive Leadership Coach “Taking on a challenge is a lot like riding a horse, isn’t it? If you're comfortable while you're doing it, you're probably doing it wrong.” - Theodore ‘Ted’ Lasso Do you want to be a good leader? Or do you want to be a great leader? Saddle up. It’s time to move beyond your comfort zone, into the new normal at work: leadership in a virtual or hybrid setting. Traditional office work is outdated at many workplaces [...]

Thriving Together Series: Mastering Leadership in a Virtual or Hybrid Setting2022-01-07T10:44:08-05:00

Thriving Together Series: Take Care of Your Well-Being by Preparing for an Emergency

Thriving Together Series: Take Care of Your Well-Being by Preparing for an Emergency This is the first in a three-part series by Mason students on the importance of emergency preparedness. By: Cecilia Aguilar, a Mason student majoring in Communication “There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.” – Stephen King in his book Different Seasons Well-being and emergency preparedness go hand in hand. Planning now for managing future emergencies can relieve stress and improve your health and safety when those emergencies happen. Here’s why emergency preparedness is important, and how to make emergency plans [...]

Thriving Together Series: Take Care of Your Well-Being by Preparing for an Emergency2022-01-07T10:47:40-05:00

Thriving Together Series: How to Learn from Visual Art for Greater Well-Being

Thriving Together Series: How to Learn from Visual Art for Greater Well-Being   By Don Russell, University Curator and Yassmin Salem, Murals at Mason Manager “A work of Art is completed by the viewer.” - Marcel Duchamp, 20th-century anti-artist Viewing art helps us learn in ways that can boost our well-being. An artwork challenges our mind and our emotions, and if the right confluence of neural connections lights up in our brains, we experience the transformation of the unknown into a coherent and meaningful memory that, in turn, affects all of our thinking. The shaping of these ever-growing connections in our consciousness [...]

Thriving Together Series: How to Learn from Visual Art for Greater Well-Being2022-01-07T12:38:34-05:00

Thriving Together Series: How to Be Patient When You’re Angry

Thriving Together Series: How to Be Patient When You’re Angry By: Wilson C. Hurley, LCSW “Where would I find enough leather To cover the entire surface of the earth? But with leather soles beneath my feet, It’s as if the whole world has been covered.” - Shantideva This edition was written by Wilson Hurley, LCSW, an adjunct professor in Mason’s Social Work Department who is also author of the book Compassion’s COMPASS: Strategies for Developing Kindness and Insight and a clinical social worker in private practice. We are living in challenging times. Murder rates are increasing, as are incidents of domestic violence and hate crimes. It [...]

Thriving Together Series: How to Be Patient When You’re Angry2022-01-07T10:48:06-05:00

Thriving Together Series: How to Bounce Back from Challenges with Resilience

Thriving Together Series: How to Bounce Back from Challenges with Resilience By: Marcela Bolognesi, Mason student, School of Kinesiology major “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou What is resilience? Generation Z and millennials may simply state it as “bouncing back.” It is the courage that we humans partake in – to overcome grief from a tragedy or loss in our lives. When we learn how to be resilient, we can experience well-being in any circumstances. Here’s how to bounce back from challenges with resilience. We as a [...]

Thriving Together Series: How to Bounce Back from Challenges with Resilience2022-01-07T12:40:03-05:00

Thriving Together Series: How to Be an Ambassador for Kindness

Thriving Together Series: How to Be an Ambassador for Kindness By: Vanessa Thompson, Special Projects Coordinator, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams Kindness is a choice and is always possible. All of us can bring positive change to our world by intentionally spreading kindness through our actions and words. At Mason, we have a new group of dedicated Kindness Ambassadors for our university community. You can serve as an ambassador for kindness anywhere, by prioritizing expressions of kindness [...]

Thriving Together Series: How to Be an Ambassador for Kindness2022-01-04T15:34:02-05:00

Thriving Together Series: Well-Being for Young Professionals

Thriving Together Series: Well-Being for Young Professionals By: Ahmed Bubshait, Mason alumnus “You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn As a young professional, it is easy to get overwhelmed by work and experience burnout. You spend a great deal of your time trying to prove yourself, showing that you add value, and demonstrating your commitment. But you can’t succeed if you let stress overwhelm you. It’s vital to prioritize your well-being. These well-being tips for young professionals can help you do so. Looking back at my first year out of college, I used to stay [...]

Thriving Together Series: Well-Being for Young Professionals2022-01-07T12:41:09-05:00

Thriving Together Series: Stress Management for Student Parents

Thriving Together Series: Stress Management for Student Parents By: Emilie Dubert, Director, Contemporary Student Services “This struggle is real. The juggle is real. That’s why everyone should hire working mothers. They are put in crazy situations all the time and are forced to problem-solve. They are some of my most resourceful employees.” – Sara Blakely College students who are also parents can face intense stress. These stress management tips for student parents can strengthen well-being even in these challenging times. Another Monday morning in our house: As we speed toward 7:44 a.m., the moment when the school bus arrives, there is a whirlwind [...]

Thriving Together Series: Stress Management for Student Parents2022-01-07T12:42:12-05:00
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