Beginning fall semester, the Rocket Wellness Coalition will offer various mindfulness-related practices to the UToledo community.
“Mindfulness, or the ability to be in the moment and aware, is something that a lot of University of Toledo community members have been requesting programming on,” said Andrea Masters, assistant director of Rocket Wellness. “It is important to offer tools and skills in order to reduce stress and build resiliency.”
The Office of Recreational Services and Rocket Wellness, along with assistance from other members of the Rocket Wellness Coalition, have been working collaboratively on a campus mindfulness initiative for students, faculty and staff. The initiatives include a weekly Mindful Monday video hosted by Jay Rinsen Weik, UToledo associate lecturer of music and CEO of the Toledo Mindfulness Institute, as well as mindfulness drop-in stations throughout campuses.
The Mindful Monday series will feature a short video from Weik providing a quick mindfulness strategy to help students and employees work through various challenging times in a mindful manner throughout the semester.
“Mindfulness is a skill that needs to be worked on consistently in order to master, similar to an instrument,” Weik said. “Our plan to offer multiple avenues to practice mindfulness at UToledo is to get the community in the habit of regularly having it on its radar.”
Each week, spaces across Main Campus and Health Science Campus will be designated for students and employees to drop in during the open hours and practice mindfulness, whatever that means to the individual. There will be student-only spaces and employee-only spaces in order to avoid any hesitation with participation. Visit the Rocket Wellness website for location information and times.
For more information on this program, visit the Rocket Wellness website.