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    Core Flow With Jill

    • Engage in a Core Flow routine that will raise your heart rate and give you a cardiovascular boost! (Time - 11:20)

    Total Body Composition with Jane

    • Short on time but still want to get a workout in? Follow along for a total body circuit that can be done once or multiple times depending on your schedule. Getting your daily dose of exercise does not have to be a marathon – unless you want it to be! (Time - 10:06)

    Rest, Relax, Restore with Lindsay

    • Roll out of bed and start the day off – or bring it to a close – right with this relaxing yoga flow routine. Whether you are stretching out cold muscles after a restful sleep or winding down at the end of a long day, you will find yourself in a better headspace after the last stretch. (Time – 8:29)

    Overcoming Loneliness Workout

    • Feeling lonely or sad? These basic everyday exercises can help increase your heart rate and boost the flow of ‘feel good’ chemicals in the body. Jump on in and let the good times flow! (Time – 3:37)

    Virtual Group Exercise Classes

    • Find a wealth of exercise videos, demos, and more!

    Virtual Studio Page

    • If you are looking for exercise classes to do at home, look no further than the Virtual Studio! With a wide variety of formats – Zumba, Kickboxing, Step, Resistance Training, Yoga, Meditation, and more – available, both live and pre-recorded, consider this your one-stop shop for WellCats classes.

    Working (Out) at Home

    • Three quick and easy tips you can follow as you get into the home workout mentality. Don’t let being stuck at home curb your enthusiasm when it comes to knocking out your wellness goals! (Time – 1:24) 

    YouTube Home Page

    • Find a wealth of exercise videos, demos, and more!

    Intermediate Pilates with Lindsay

    • Get your body firing on all cylinders as you are guided through a series of low-impact movements that challenge your flexibility, muscular strength, and endurance all while focusing on your core. (Time – 31:22)

     

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    The Power of Positive Thinking

    • Positive thinking is an incredibly powerful tool in your wellness journey. Taking a moment to consider what you are most thankful for – family for their love, friends for their support – can bolster your spirits for the rest of the day and help you get things done. Accentuate the positives! (Time - 0:53)

    Boosting Productivity

    • Find your productivity coming up a little short? Burning yourself out by doing too much? Adjusting to a sudden shift in the norm is not easy, but it can be managed. (Time - 0:41)

    How Exercise Can Fight Loneliness and Depression

    • When we think about exercise, most of us consider the physical side of things: sweat, muscle gain, cardio, and calories, calories, calories. But what often gets overlooked during the grind is just how exercise of any kind – walking, gardening, dancing to the radio – can help the internal fight against loneliness and depression. (Time – 4:38)

    Unintended Consequences

    • The journey toward better health is not without its challenges. Unintended consequences – both internal and external – can become obstacles on the road toward living healthfully. This short video explores three such consequences and offers a little advice on how to manage them. (Time – 3:19)

    Overcoming Loneliness

    • Sometimes it is easy to overlook your mental health in favor of the physical. Take a moment check-in with friends, family, or even say ‘hi’ to your favorite WellCats instructor. (Time – 0:57)

    Create a Schedule

    • If you find yourself out of sorts and your normal routine in flux, follow these easy steps to get yourself back on track. (Time – 1:11)

    Loneliness Resources

    • Loneliness can be one of the most overwhelming feelings in the world when resources to help cope with it are not readily available. This article addresses what loneliness is, some of the contributing factors, common misconceptions, and ways to combat the feeling. (Read Length: Average)

    The Secret Benefit of Routines. It Won't Surprise You

    • Although we might groan and complain every time the alarm goes off in the morning, and continue mumbling under our breath as we brush our teeth and make the bed, routines have numerous benefits that extend far past making sure we get to work on time. (Read Length: Short)

    Setting and Achieving Goals in Health and Wellness

    • When you were younger, did you ever tell yourself that you were going to jump just a little higher next time? Read a whole chapter in an hour? Get an ‘A’ on that test in your toughest class? Goals are an extremely effective strategy in life. When it comes to health and wellness, short-term goals are the way to go. This article is a quick guide to help you to identify and create short-term goals that can become the start of your wellness journey or the next step in one already in progress. (Read Length: Short)

    WellCats: Creating Routine Amongst Chaos

    • Navigating chaos is, inherently, chaotic. That does not mean that it cannot be done – it just takes a little more focus and dedication as well as accepting that there are obstacles you will have to work around. (Read Length: Short)

    WellCats: Let's Boost Our Productivity

    • Office space? We don’t need no office space! Check out this list of ideas for boosting productivity now that work locations nearly across the board have shifted to the home front. (Read Length: Short)  

    YouTube Page: Non-Exercise Playlist

    • Looking for a quick pick-me-up or something to focus on that is not a workout? Check out this playlist of short videos to get some ideas! (Average Video Time – 1:25)
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    WellCats: Emotional Intelligence

    • If you have ever wondered how some people can navigate not only their own emotions but others’ as well, the answer lies in Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Learn just what it means to have a high EQ with strategies for each of the four domains of Emotional Intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. (Read Length: Short)

    Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

    • “If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Wholly encompassing the belief systems that influence our lives, this quote from Debbie Millman starts an in-depth examination of the Fixed vs Growth mindsets explored in this article. Are you constantly finding that you need to prove yourself to your own detriment? Or do you relish a challenge and count failure as a way to grow and advance? (Read Length: Long)

    How to Cope with Stress and Become More Resilient

    • Life’s challenges, no matter how big or small, can be navigated and the stresses that accompany them managed with resilience. The strategies to cultivate that resilience range from developing the right attitude, rallying social support amongst your close friends, and maintaining your sense of humor. (Read Length: Average)

    Resilience: Developing Skills to Bounce Back After Setbacks

    • Resilience in the face of challenge is not solely the territory of those who come by it naturally – they can be learned. This article highlights ways to foster your own resilience and head into the future with strength of mind and body. (Read Length: Average)

    WellCats: Healthy Habits to Slash Stress

    • Now more than ever, stress levels are soaring. In the wake of what is going on in the world, it is imperative that we use health tactics to combat stress. Here are our top three tips that you can implement today for how to reduce stress! (Read Length: Short)

    Wellness Resources for Remote Work

    • If you are looking for more wellness resources, check out this short video from the Office of Organizational Development & Communications which features helpful tips on how to find and access them. (Time – 5:50)

     

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    Get Your Nutrients From Delicious Foods

    • Wondering just what to eat to get your daily value of vitamins and nutrients? Here is an easy to follow guide with a few more common proteins, fruits, and vegetables to give you a starting point. (Read Length: Short)

    Hydration Handout

    • Learn the ins and outs of why it is important to stay hydrated to keep you in tip top health! Find tips on how often to drink water, what foods can help bolster your hydration, and facts to motivate turning the act into a habit. (Read Length: Short)

     

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    Mindfulness Enhances Resilience

    • "To be mindful is to be present; to be aware of and control your experience. The beauty of mindfulness is that it is universal, practical, and requires little to no resources." (Read Length: Short)

    Emotional Wellness

    • "Managing emotions and feelings of fear, anxiety, grief, or stress is not always easy. By becoming more aware and going within we can learn to truly feel the range of emotions available to us as humans." (Read length: short)

    Reframing Thoughts: Find the Positive

    • “The ego is the part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity. It sometimes gets a bad rap, but it’s not all bad.” (Read Length: Short)

    Developing and Maintaining Healthy Habits

    • "It’s likely during this pandemic many people have developed positive new habits like exercising at home, preparing their own food more often, getting proper sleep, spending quality time with family, etc. Here are some ideas to help you develop and maintain healthy habits." (Read Length: Short)

    Staying Healthy in This New Environment

    • "As many people begin returning to the physical workplace, it is important for each of us to do our part to keep ourselves and those around us healthy. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy as you navigate this new work environment." (Read Length: Short)

    Handling Change with Ease and Reducing Stress

    • "With change often comes stress as human beings take time to adapt. It can be challenging to be out of one’s comfort zone and take time to become acclimated to new ways, especially when change arises rapidly. The reality is that the only thing that is constant in life is change." (Read Length: Short)

    Effective Interaction with Others

    • “Human beings have been deprived of in-person social interaction for several months and learning to re-engage within the many parameters of the new physical space will be a learning process.” (Read Length: Short)

    Self-Care Practices to Improve Well-Being

    • “Well-being is no longer just about nutrition and exercise. People are beginning to understand that well-being is also made up of mental and emotional aspect of self. In times of change there may be added stress which can be taxing on the physical body and mental strength. It is beneficial to realize when you need to refill or recharge yourself before being depleted, because once in a depleted state it is harder to mentally recover and remain motivated to take good care of ourselves.” (Read Length: Short)

    Acknowledging and Lifting Your Mood and Energy Levels

    • “Human being’s energy levels can be depleted by many factors. The external world is full of distractions, noise, sadness and despair, especially during massive events like a global pandemic. It is crucial to remember that you and only you are responsible for your mood.” (Read Length: Short)

    Communicating Your Feelings & Needs with Your Employer

    • “The workplace changes as a result of the pandemic are new to everyone and will continue to evolve. Just like the many changes everyone has adjusted to so far, it will take time and effort to adapt to the ‘new’ work physical environment… It is up to the employees, however, to ensure they are responsibly communicating with their managers/supervisors so that employers have the opportunity to offer appropriate tools and support.” (Read Length: Short)