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Ways to Flourish

Ways to Flourish is the podcast of W&M Health and Wellness that addresses how to be mentally healthy and flourish through our challenges. Each podcast focuses on a wellness strategy that contributes to our mental health. Featuring wellness experts and the voices of our campus, we focus on strategies that are relevant to our community.

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Episode 15 - Self-Criticism vs. Self-Care
Episode 15 - Self-Criticism vs. Self-Care

We talk again with Dr. Carina Sudarsky-Gleiser about how isolation and self-criticism can have an impact on your mental health and provides some ways to help "silence the dinosaur" with your self-care routine. Check out the Counseling Center on the W&M Wellness App.

Episode 13 - Optimizing Your Immunity
Episode 13 - Optimizing Your Immunity

Dr. De Falcon and Dr. Dafashy of the Student Health Center and student Sam Litt talks about how one optimizes their immune system while managing the effects of stress and provide some behaviors that one can engage in to make sure our immune health is as good as it can be.

Episode 12 - No Shave Movember
Episode 12 - No Shave Movember

We sit down again with Charlie Foster to discuss men's health and how partaking in Movember was such a jarring experience for him. No Shave November encourage participants to forgo shaving for the month of November and strives to raise cancer awareness. Movember encourages participants to grow a Mustache during November and strives to raise awareness around not only cancer but also, mental health and suicide prevention. Ultimately, the idea is to bring awareness to men’s health issues by embracing facial hair growth. When individuals question participant’s new style, the door will be open for conversations about prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and suicide. Join us as we raise awareness around these issues and use #WMLETITGROW to show us your best pic. More information about this topic can be found at wm.edu/offices/wellness/ohp/.

Episode 11 - The Student Veteran Experience
Episode 11 - The Student Veteran Experience

Charlie Foster joins us to talk about the student veteran experience. The W&M Office of Student Veteran Engagement (OSVE) supports veteran students in a variety of ways. From bolstering the efforts of veteran student organizations, connecting veterans with resources on and off-campus. To find out more information, check out https://www.wm.edu/offices/osve/.

Episode 10 - Self-Care vs. Soothing
Episode 10 - Self-Care vs. Soothing

On today's episode, we talk with Dr. Kelly Crace and PhD candidate of American Studies Joseph Lawless as they discuss self-care vs. soothing and some healthy strategies to address your own needs.

Episode 9 - Maintaining a FitWell Community during COVID
Episode 9 - Maintaining a FitWell Community during COVID

Jenny Dunfee (Associate Director of Fitness & Wellness) and Junior Maddy Havranek (FitWell Class Supervisor) talk about how the Bee McLeod Recreation Center has taken the precautionary steps to create a safe and comfortable environment for students, faculty and staff to work out in during these times of COVID-19. While there has been challenges, the entire W&M Campus Recreation department has been able to offer a variety of options from virtual classes to outside classes at Matoaka and even intramural sports and Tribe Adventure Program outings all while being able to follow the Healthy Together/COVID-19 policies. You can check out all of these offering at either campusrec.wm.edu or on the W&M Wellness app.

Episode 8 - Building Resiliency with Mindfulness
Episode 8 - Building Resiliency with Mindfulness

Martha Rouleau talks about her journey to practicing Mindful Meditation and leads the audience in a few short exercises you can incorporate in to to your everyday life. You can join Martha on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00-8:15 am as she leads a 15 minute mindful meditation to start your day. You can find the class at campusrec.wm.edu or on the W&M Wellness App.

Episode 7 - Maintaining Harmony during the Election
Episode 7 - Maintaining Harmony during the Election

Dr. Carina Sudarsky-Gleiser, Director of the W&M Counseling Center discusses intentionality and how to maintain your sense of harmony during a time that is trying for many. Check out bit.ly/WMCCSignUp for the sessions Carina mentioned in the episode as well as other workshops the Counseling Center is providing.

Episode 6 - Daylight Savings Sleep Tips
Episode 6 - Daylight Savings Sleep Tips

Ever wonder why BOTH spring and fall changes to Daylight Saving Time throw many of us off? Check out the latest podcast by Eric Garrison ‘94, our residential sleep guru, to see how resources such as Sleepy Time [link to: www.sleepyti.me] along with common sense can help you feel more energized after any time change – be it annual or travel related!

Episode 4 - The Impacts of Stress on Our Body
Episode 4 - The Impacts of Stress on Our Body

Tune in to part two of this three-part conversation with Dr. Dafashy as he dives in to the impacts of stress on our body and some ways we can help relieve some of those stressors.

Episode 3 - Situational vs. Chronic Depression
Episode 3 - Situational vs. Chronic Depression

Dr. David Dafashy from the Student Health Center explains Situational vs. Chronic Depression and some helpful management tips in the first of his segment of a three-part conversation.

Episode 2 - Grounding Yourself
Episode 2 - Grounding Yourself

Join Eric Garrison as he builds on the information from Episode 1 and puts "step two" into action. Hear his perspective on the importance of grounding yourself when things start to get out of control and then take the opportunity to get grounded as he guides you through a brief progressive muscle relaxation exercise.

Episode 1 - Stress vs. Strain
Episode 1 - Stress vs. Strain

Dr. Kelly Crace and Wellness Ambassador Maz Rossert discuss the topic of Stress vs. Strain and how to flourish through this time of chronic uncertainty. Listen in as they share their stories and how you can put your purpose and meaning over your mood.

Episode 0 - What are we doing here?
Episode 0 - What are we doing here?

The William & Mary Health & Wellness staff are looking to dive deep in to some of the most crucial areas of conversation right now within the W&M Students, Faculty, Staff and Community. Each episode will bring light to not only new topics, but voices as well. Tune in to hear who's speaking on Episode 1!