Webster Wellness recently launched, NO-vember, an initiative that aims to help students, faculty, and staff be more mindful of their wellness. NO-vember encourages participants to try and say, “no” to bad habits in one or more categories of wellness, such as physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, occupational, and social.
For example, the Webster community could try to say no to certain foods, smoking, stress, or their own more specific goal. Then, they were encouraged to make a specific plan and to track their progress through their own means as well as weekly surveys.
The Webster Wellness Committee is thrilled with participation in the first ever NO-vember! The 70 total participants consisted of 75% staff, 18% faculty, and7% students. Each of the seven categories was selected by participants, but the most common selections were physical (40%), emotional (21%), and spiritual (11%). More specifically, the Webster community wants to try and say “no” to inactivity, depriving themselves of adequate sleep, unhealthy food, excessive social media use, and stress or anxiety inducing situations. Some more personalized goals included saying “no” to overspending, depriving self of time for writing, skipping dog walks, and putting off cleaning.
Most participants planned to make their goals a reality by keeping a journal, making themselves accountable, and determining an appropriate reward for their success. Others mentioned that they would find an accountability partner, or adjust their routine.
The main reason for participation in NO-vember was to improve health and wellness. However, many also felt that it would make them feel better and improve their quality of life.
Each week throughout NO-vember, participants received a follow up survey that asked about their progress. Webster Wellness also provided tips and insights. Each time participants fill out a survey, their name is entered into a prize drawing that will occur at the end of the month! The most recent survey even asked participants to rank a selection of prizes. Webster Wellness will use the data to choose the most desired prizes so that students, faculty, and staff can be rewarded for their dedication to NO-vember and to the improvement of their wellness!
Participants were asked to share advice and encouragement with others. Some of the best comments are listed below:
- “ Try hard, but forgive yourselves for mistakes.”
- “Take it one day at a time. This is a marathon, not a sprint.”
- “You can do anything you decide to make priority!”
- “Just remember, you deserve to live your best life. We only have one.”
- “It’s always a good idea to try to do better and to be better.”
It’s not too late to join NO-vember! Sign up here and work towards your wellness goals in the remaining half of the month! You can still earn 2 entries into our prize drawing and you can still become the best version of YOU!
The Webster Wellness committee hopes to make NO-vember an annual event and that it will become bigger and better each year.