Well-being & Resilience Workshops

Big Red Resilience & Well-being empowers students to positively manage their well-being by teaching students about the science of happiness and gratitude, and how to manage worry, set-backs, and stressors. The following interactive workshops, led by Well-being Ambassadors and BRRWB staff members, help students achieve balance and thrive in all areas of their lives.

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Be Well. Live Well.

Raises students' awareness using the nine dimensions of wellness, motivates students to make important changes that reduce risks and enhance their quality of life, and identifies wellness practices that they can integrate into their everyday lives. (45 minutes)

Being Financially "Well-thy"

Educates students about maintaining financial wellness by budgeting, managing their expenses, saving, and finding other resources that support their financial wellness. Includes a list of both campus and outside resources. (30 minutes)

Career Well-being

Demonstrates the importance of occupational/career wellness. Topics addressed include having a career that is interesting, finding meaning in your work, and contributing to the larger society. Discusses the importance of conflict resolution, liking your workspace and stress management. (30 minutes)

Cultural Well-being

Designed to raise students' awareness of diversity, to motivate students to step out of their comfort zones and to expand their worldviews. Provides a list of resources to increase cultural awareness. (30 minutes)

Easy Meditation

Increases knowledge about meditation and its benefits. Students learn skills and practices that help keep them grounded. (45 minutes)

Eating Healthy on a College Budget

Topics range from learning the basics of nutrition, creating shopping lists, tackling cravings, and establishing convenient and cost-friendly ways to shop for and cook healthy meals. (30 minutes)

Emotional Toolbox

Helps students understand their emotional wellness and learn coping skills. Offers opportunities to connect with others. (30 minutes)

Get Fit to Stay Fit

Highlights the importance of physical wellness while keeping in mind students’ schedules. Tackles fun and creative ways to exercise in a short amount of time. Students leave knowing the resources available to them and different ways to introduce and enhance physical wellness in their lives. (30 minutes)

Hello, I Am a Purr-fectionist

Examines the differences between perfectionism and healthy functioning. Provides strategies to set healthy goals. This workshop will benefit anyone who sees perfectionistic traits in themselves and wants to explore this concept in their lives. (45 minutes)

Intellectual Well-being

Encourages students to engage in creative and mentally stimulating activities beyond the scope of a classroom. Discusses the importance of intellectual wellness and provides students with useful resources and activities. (30 minutes)

It’s a Good Day to Take Care of My Home

Teaches students the importance of environmental wellness through sustainability practices. Empowers students to create environments in which they feel most productive. (30 minutes)

Keep Calm & Self Care

Encourages students to achieve balance in their lives. Highlights self-care practices, mindfulness practices, effective coping skills, and ways to foster positive thinking. Promotes stress-relieving strategies and help-seeking behaviors. (45 minutes)

Relax & Unwind

Helps students understand their susceptibility to stress, motivates them to make important changes that will reduce risks and enhance the quality of their lives. Students will learn mindfulness skills that will benefit them long-term and will set SMART goals related to their stress. (45 minutes)

Social Well-being

Improves understanding of emotional health, strengths, and weaknesses in regards to meeting new people. Provides practical ways to meet new people and to build a community on campus. (30 minutes)

Spiritual Well-being

Teaches students the importance of being surrounded by positive energy and finding meaning and purpose in life. Encourages a holistic view of the world while providing mindful practices. (30 minutes)

Yes! Yes! Yes! To Healthy Relationships

Highlights ways to communicate in relationships and challenges students to think critically about what they value in relationships. Teaches students about boundaries and what they value most in their relationships. (60 minutes)

Well-being Ambassadors

We are selected from the undergraduate student body to support the mission of Big Red Resilience & Well-being by presenting programs about topics related to student well-being. Our work across campus makes a difference in the lives of other students. We increase awareness, encourage safer behaviors, create informed decision-makers, and enhance the health and well being of our peers.

If you'd like to volunteer as a Well-being Ambassador, contact Laura Shell.

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Monica Angeletti

(she, her, hers)
Junior in Biological Sciences
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Hailey Nielsen

(she, her, hers)
Junior in Biology from Iowa City, Iowa

I became a Well-being Ambassador because I think it's important for college students to learn how to handle the challenges college brings. Well-being is important because your well-being impacts all aspects of your life, from social to physical health and everything in between.

My favorite way to take care of myself is putting on a face mask and watching an episode on Netflix.