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Hokie Health: Taking care of yourself is key to mental health and wellness

Mental health is health. And we believe that when it comes to mental health, at Virginia Tech we are Better Together.

From: Hokie Wellness

The past year has held unique challenges for many, including new stressors at home, work, with financials, and more. The ability to bounce back from stress and adapt well in the face of adversity – also known as resiliency – has perhaps never been more important than it is now.

Resiliency is not a fixed trait that we are either born with or without. Instead, it is a set of skills that can be developed with practice. This means that no matter how you have navigated stressors in the past, there are many opportunities to develop healthy coping strategies and foster resiliency moving forward.

Self-care is an important part of building resiliency and has many research-backed benefits such as helping to prevent burnout, reducing relational conflict with others, and more. However, with self-care recently becoming such a buzzword, how do we know if our current self-care practices are genuinely effective and sustainable for us?

Hokie Wellness will hold a virtual self-care workshop for employees on Wednesday, March 17, from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn how to assess their current coping skills, develop work-life balance, and a create a realistic self-care plan.

Registration for the workshop is required and space is limited.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Swathi Prabhu at 540-231-3567 or email swathip@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Visit the Employee Wellness at Home site for more information on virtual workshops, connection sessions, and other wellness resources offered. Learn more about how we can be Better Together at Virginia Tech.

Hokie Wellness serves Virginia Tech to foster a healthier community by providing prevention services, education, outreach, and resources to employees and students. If you have questions, need help, or would like to join the Hokie Wellness Google Group to stay up to date with monthly updates, contact the team at hokiewellness@vt.edu.