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Joe Wakeley's My Why Story

Joe Wakeley - Assistant Director, Campus Recreation, Aquatics

"At the Aquatic Center, I have had the chance to chat with different individuals about their well-being."

Joe Wakeley

Hi! I am Joe Wakeley-Assistant Director, Campus Recreation, Aquatics at Ohio University.

Well-being means taking positive steps to care for the individuals’ physical, mental and spiritual needs. It can really be defined as many different things: it could be going for a walk or playing a video game to break up the screen time. It is important to take care of all aspects of a person's well-being to be a more balanced individual. Having this balanced approach assists us as we change and adapt to the different parts of our days.

Under COVID, taking time to step away from the computer for lunches helps with potential burnout from the day. It is also taking some time at the beginning of the day to collect your thoughts and prepare for the day. Actually, having an end of the workday is also important.

In September, I began journaling in the mornings and I have found it extremely helpful. More individuals are seeing the importance of well-being and it is easier to find support and talk about what you are doing. Focusing on my well-being has also made it easier for me to chat about this with my children and encourage them.

In the operation of one of the facilities, at the Aquatic Center, I have had the chance to chat with different individuals about their well-being. It has been good to chat! Running the facilities can sometimes be stressful, but it is because we want to be sure we are being as helpful as we can with others well-being.

 

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