Thrive

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
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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.

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. Check back for a fall 2020 schedule soon!

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:

#Move4YourMood is inspired by Spark, 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).

Move for Your Mood programming is not available at this time but is included in future phases of the Recreation and Wellness reopening plan. As we reopen, health and safety protocols for staff and patrons including wearing face coverings and physical distancing are in effect and will remain so until further notice. Details relevant to these policies and information about future phases of our reopening plan are anticipated in August.

Recreation and Wellness Policies

BGSU's Return to Campus Plan

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.

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Funding provided fully or in part by the Ohio College Health Association

Traditionally, throughout the year, Recreation and Wellness conducts events through which you can 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, but please see the resources below for ways that you can take care of yourself virtually, at any location.

Active Minds' Remote Resources Hub: An online hub providing support to students for their mental health during COVID-19.

Health.Gov: Find information about a variety of topics that benefit your overall well-being including food and nutrition, health literacy, staying active and health care.

Health.Gov's Dietary Guidelines: Resources to educate you about developing a healthy eating pattern.

The Science of Well-Being - A FREE course from Yale that teaches you how to be happy!

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