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working on wellness bannerJuly Focuses on Social Wellness

Social distancing does not have to equate to social isolation. Social wellness is focusing on a personal support network of family, friends and colleagues, having positive interactions, and generally enjoying life. This can be easier for some than others, but it is essential to find which social outlets work for you. There are many ways to begin your journey, below are a few suggestions on how to enhance your social habits:

  • Reflect on your social needs. What aspects of your social life do you enjoy? What parts would you like to improve on?
  • Take care of yourself while supporting others. The stress and strain of caring for others can take a toll on your own personal health. Find ways to care for your health while caring for others. Visit the Shiley Institute for Palliative Care for caregiver resources.
  • Get active together, apart. Being active can have a positive effect on your health habits and create opportunities to connect. Track your activities together, attend virtual workouts together, or simply go on a walk while maintaining distance.
  • Build healthy relationships. Healthy relationships can impact your emotional and physical well-being. It's important to understand what a healthy relationship looks like and how to keep your connections supportive.

 

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Stay Connected. Stay Social!

 CSUSM is a place for community - and virtual break rooms! Stay connected to your colleagues by "bumping" into them in one of several different channels. From posting articles and sharing photos to  scheduling periodic virtual meetups, these groups provide social interaction and a sense of belonging  which strengthen our already vibrant team spirit on campus. 

  • Are you an avid gamer? 
  • Do you often find yourself exploring nature?
  • Are you a first time or long time gardner?

These groups and many others are just waiting for you to join the conversation!

 

 
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Social Distancing - Virtual Events

 One thing we are sure to miss out on this year is the festivals, concerts, museum tours, and art shows. And while nothing can quite replicate the live orchestra or the murmur of an art gallery, there are countless cultural experiences at your finger tips to make your time indoors more artful and immaginative.

Social Distancing Festival - A site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent and coming together as a community at a time when we need it the most.

Virtual Concert series - With venues and bars shut down, here are all the livestreams and virtual concerts to watch or listen to from home.

 

 
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Translating the Physical to the Digital

Higher education has seen three years' worth of technology evolution in less than three months, and such rapid transformation can leave many overwhelmed and suffering from a technology-induced whiplash. Hosted by Tasos Lazarides, this session will touch on the opportunities the digital world engenders and ways and tools that can help make the most of the digital world while also promoting increased engagement and digital equity.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 15 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm

RSVP: Student Affairs Professional Development

 

 
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5 Habits to Combat Loneliness

Being alone and being lonely are not the same. While we may be constantly communicating via email, text, or even through phone or video calls, not being able to have face-to-face interactions can leave some feeling a bit isolated. While this article was written by Gretchen Rubin several years ago, many of the concepts and resources are applicable in our current climate.

 

 
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CSUSM Faculty/Staff Associations

The Office of Inclusive Excellence supports the meaningful work of Faculty/Staff Associations. These are volunteer-lead organizations that are officially recognized by the university and offer support, resources, and various events across campus. Current recognized associations include:

  • Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association (APIFSA)
  • Black Faculty Staff Association (BFSA)
  • Jewish Faculty Staff Association (JFSA)
  • Latino Association of Faculty and Staff (LAFS)
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer and Ally Faculty Staff Association (LGBTQA FSA)
 
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Extroverts: Surviving Social Distancing

The real difference between extroverts and introverts is the type of stimulation that brings feelings of contentment, excitement, and accomplishment. While social distancing may be an introverts ideal work situation, extroverts may find it difficult to adapt to a more solo environment. This article, published by Introvert, Dear, a community for introverts, offers tips and resources for extroverts during this time of distancing.