All recreational facilities including the Student Recreation Center, Stephenson Fitness Center, Faculty/Staff Fitness Program, Playfields, and the Chinook are closed until further notice in accordance with the Governor’s request.
Winter Blues Buster
Student Affairs, with the help of GPSA, is hosting two-days of events to help you get over the winter blues! Day one will be at the Student Recreation Center, day two is at the Elson S Floyd Cultural Center, come join us!
Day 1: Move for A Better Mood!
Tuesday, January 28, 5-8 pm, Student Recreation Center
People who exercise feel more energetic, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives. Exercise relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, boosts your overall mood and can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, and ADHD. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better. Try out some activities at the SRC to boost your mood and build habits to keep you feeling good all semester long!
Workshop 1: Boulder Buster
5:00 – 7:00, SRC Climbing Wall
Rock climbing has been shown to enhance mood and overall wellbeing. Join Climbing Wall staff for an intro to bouldering, or climbing to low heights without a harness or rope. Staff will teach you how to use techniques to complete the routes on our wall, while you get to train your body and brain in a social atmosphere.
Workshop 2:Mood Lifting Mocktails and Snacks
5:00 – 8:00 PM, SRC Lounge
Enjoy tasty mocktails and snacks while learning about their impact on our moods. Cougar Health Services Peer Educators will also provide education regarding the effect of alcohol on our mental health.
Workshop 3: Energy Boosting Fitness Classes
5:00 – 8:00 PM, SRC Court 2
5:20-5:50, Mo-Flex: Animal Flow with Olivia S.
6:00-6:30, Mindful Yoga with Joanne G.
6:40-7:10, Zumba with Brooke K.
7:20-7:50, Belly Dance with Rebecca LC.
Workshop 4: Yard Games in the SRC Pool
5:00 – 8:00 PM, SRC Pool
Join UREC staff for games in and around the SRC pool – we’ll offer Uno Splash, water polo, spike buoy, ring toss, table tennis, cornhole and more. We’ll also have the spa open for a relaxing soak in the hot tub!
Workshop 5: Dodgeball
6:00 – 8:00 PM, SRC Sport Court
Work out some stress in a game of dodgeball! Bring a team or play as a free agent in our self officiated 10-minute games. Stay in the court as long as your team is winning and return to the court as many times as you’d like if you don’t!
Workshop 6: Paint Your Blues Away
5:00 – 8:00 PM, SRC Lounge
Grab a mocktail and channel your inner Bob Ross as you create an uplifting masterpiece! UREC staff will facilitate a painting lesson and provide supplies.
Workshop 7:Mood Foods with Dr. Susan Flugel
6:15 – 7:15 PM, SRC Classroom
Studies have shown that what we eat can affect our mood. Learn how our diet can help us stabilize mood, provide more energy and improve how we feel overall. Dr. Susan Fluegel is a nutritional biochemist and WSU Faculty member.
Day 2: Self-Care through Mindfulness & Creative Expression
Wednesday, January 29, 5-8 pm, Elson S Floyd Cultural Center
Put most simply, meditation is a way to train the mind. Most of the time, our minds are wandering — we’re thinking about the future, dwelling on the past, worrying, fantasizing, fretting or daydreaming. Meditation brings us back to the present moment and gives us the tools we need to be less stressed, calmer and kinder to ourselves and others. Likewise, nutrition, sleep, and interpersonal connection play a vital role in managing and combatting “the winter blues”. The mind and body are connected, and if you want to feel your best mentally, take good care of your body. So often, people who feel stressed, fatigued, and mentally “down” are under-exercised, undernourished, under-rested, and isolated. You can’t ignore your body and expect to feel good!
Workshop 1: Mindfulness for a Restful Sleep
ESFCC knowledge rooms 113 & 114
Facilitators will provide knowledge and tips to address barriers to sleep, good sleep hygiene, and provide techniques to wind down and sleep better including mindfulness and/or yoga exercise, personal goals/journaling, and guided body scanning.
Workshop 2: The Art and Craft of Storytelling
ESFCC knowledge rooms 111 & 112
Facilitators will provide prompts related to the season and WSU experience to help participants craft storytelling as a vehicle to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience.
Workshop 3: Mood Foods Cooking Class
ESFCC Demo Kitchen
Certified Executive Chef Adam Koerner will lead participants in a cooking class demonstrating techniques to make main dish and dessert that students can cook for themselves with ingredients naturally high in vitamin D. The meal prepared will be shared by all attendees
Dinner & Dessert, 7-8 pm
ESFCC Living Room
Live performances for all attendees.
Storytelling from participants of the storytelling workshop and stand-up comedy (Nuthouse Comedy).