Take your well-being to new heights and equip yourself with the tools and life skills to excel at BGSU and beyond.

THRIVE is a campus-wide comprehensive well-being initiative. At BGSU our mission is to intentionally prepare students, faculty, and staff to lead meaningful and productive lives. THRIVE helps achieve this mission and provide the fundamental life skills, resources, and support to enhance the welfare of our campus community by promoting the integration of the 8 dimensions of well-being.

Physical Well-Being
Social Well-Being
Environmental Well-Being
Intellectual Well-Being
Emotional Well-Being
Spiritual Well-Being
Occupational Well-Being
Financial Well-Being

Developing stress management skills, resiliency and grit, and establishing healthy self-care habits are all essential for living a healthy, meaningful life. Facilitated by the Counseling Center and Wellness Connection Peer Health Educators, these 45-minute interactive, educational sessions can be requested by any campus group (student organization, Residence Hall, department, academic class, and faculty or staff meetings), free of charge!

THRIVE Educational session topics include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Stress Survival
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Grit and Resilience
  • Healthy Coping
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise is Medicine
  • Be the Creed: Alcohol and Other Drugs and More

Focused Falcon Mindful Moments Workshops: Offered to help manage stress, strengthen focus and attention, and increase memory. Additional key components of the workshop include learning mindfulness meditation, stress management techniques, methods to respond to difficult situations, and skills to live with intention and purpose.

Cost: Nothing - just your time and willingness to learn. But there is so much to gain! Improved well-being, reduced stress, increased focus, increased resilience and positive changes in attitudes and behavior. Workshops are available to BGSU students, faculty and staff, but space is limited and registration is required.

Participants receive a free THRIVE journal, the book “The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress… & Everything Else” and can earn a free THRIVE t-shirt upon completing the program.

Mindful Moments Drop-In sessions provide an open space and opportunity for students, faculty and staff to drop in, relax, and de-stress in a quiet, relaxing environment. Engage in your own practice or participate in short, guided mindfulness exercises and learn techniques that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine to help cope with stress.

There are no in-person sessions scheduled at this time.

Additional Resources:

Virtual Book Discussion Group: April 7 - May 7, 2020

Spark is a groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, from the bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist John J. Ratey, MD.

Dr. Ratey embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer’s. (©2008 John J. Ratey (P)2008 Gildan Media Corp).

How to Participate in the Virtual Book Discussion:

  • Download or buy the book, “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” by John J. Ratey
  • Register for FREE to participate in the book club:
  • Read the book.
  • Participate in weekly book chapter discussions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 7 – May 7, 2020 from 12 – 1 PM.
    • April 7 – Chapter 1
    • April 9 - Chapter 2
    • April 14 – Chapter 3
    • April 16 – Chapter 4
    • April 21 – Chapter 5
    • April 23 – Chapter 6
    • April 28 – Chapter 7
    • April 30 – Chapter 8
    • May 5 – Chapter 9
    • May 7 – Chapter 10
  • Moderators will be Lona Leck and Faith DeNardo from Recreation and Wellness.
  • Encourage your friends to join in!

#Move4YourMood Classes are suspended until further notice due to the University's proactive response efforts to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus. Refer to BGSU's Coronavirus Page for more information. 

In addition to the physical health benefits of exercise, regular physical activity can positively impact your brain function, boost your mood, and help reduce stress, along with many other enhancements to mental health. Join us for these fun, low-impact movement sessions. All sessions are FREE for BGSU students, faculty and staff. Registration is not required. Please bring a yoga mat or towel if possible for Yoga as You Are and wear comfortable athletic shoes for other sessions.

Other great opportunities to be active on campus include group fitness classes, small group training, personal training, intramural sports, club sports, and getting fit your own way.

There are 1,440 minutes in a day – dedicate 2% of yours to moving and enhancing your health and well-being!

Learn more about #MOVE4YOURMOOD from Falcon Fitness.

Gain knowledge and awareness of healthy self-care habits and participate in facilitated relaxation activities such as aromatherapy, deep breathing, coloring and crafts, progressive muscle relaxation, chair massage, and gentle yoga.

There are no self-care events scheduled at this time.

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