San Jose State University

University Personnel presents health and
well-being tips for the campus community.
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Laughter is the Best Medicine
Article by: Help Guide

Laughter draws people together in ways that trigger healthy, physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.

Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. 

The ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

The Benefits of Laughter and Humor:
  • Relaxes the body
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Triggers the release of endorphins
  • Protects the heart
  • Burns calories
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5 Habits You Should Avoid First Thing In The Morning
Article by: Huff Post

A good morning routine is a foundational part of self-care, affecting everything from your energy levels and productivity to the state of your skin.

It's easy to fall into less-than-ideal habits without even realizing it, particularly during a global pandemic. It's also easy to get back on track.

Common morning routine mistakes: 
  • Hitting the snooze button
  • Letting your mind be ‘directed’ by your phone
  • Filling up on sugar right away
  • Not washing your face properly or using SPF
  • Completely overlooking your mental well-being
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Ready Made Breakfast Prep
Article and Video by: Kaiser

Eating a substantial well-balanced breakfast, can make a significant difference in overall health and well-being, especially for children and teens.

Including proteins and complex carbohydrates ensures that energy will be delivered slowly over the course of the morning.

The food we consume first thing in the morning is about jump starting our mental alertness and fueling our bodies.

Click "Learn More" for easy, healthy, delicious, time saving and inexpensive “grab-and-go” breakfast recipes.
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Food Security - Local Farm Delivery - Farm Fresh to You

Farm Fresh to You has partnered with SJSU to bring a local, organic farm network to our employees. Being in the organic industry since 1976, Farm Fresh to You has built a sustainable network that will enable clean food delivery to the home of SJSU employees.

Their online farmers market is fully customizable to each family’s dietary needs, and they offer full control over delivery schedule, no delivery fees, and satisfaction guaranteed. There is no commitment or contract. They pick and pack with gloves and bring it to your door (contactless delivery).

In addition to organic produce, they also offer meat, dairy, eggs and much more (over 400 grocery items).

SJSU employees get a 10% ongoing discount; Use code: SJSU
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We want to hear your good news!

University Personnel would like to highlight employee good news in our Well-being Wednesday newsletters. Please share your stories with us, send us photos of an activity you participated in, share "words of wisdom" from your kids, tell us what's been helping you cope through the shelter-in-place. During these trying times, it's important to find the good in things. Your stories can help us all do that.

Not sure what to share? Here are a few ideas to get you started: How are you balancing your time between work and home life?
  • How have you been staying active?
  • A big project that you procrastinated doing for months & finally finished.
  • Something your kids have been involved in.
  • A new volunteer opportunity; a new hobby.
  • You welcomed a new baby, got engaged, got married, or other life events.
  • An act of kindness that someone did for you or you did for someone else
Photo by: Pixaby
Throughout the lock-down I felt it was super important to keep moving. I'm active, I stand-up paddle regularly, race when I can and often do this before work.

During pre-COVID, I would first go for a 6 or 8 mile paddle then continue into campus. Finding myself at home, I had to embed my paddling into the new routine. It's tough and easy to go from the bed to the laptop and stay there all day Zoom-ing or doing asynchronous things.

It's a struggle to get up at 5:30 a.m. in the depths of winter but it had to be done and it does get done. I have maintained or increased my monthly miles, my pace has improved, and my mental health has not suffered.

On the contrary, the paddling has given me much needed shots of dopamine that kept me energized and enthusiastic in my classes.

Breathing the fresh sea air, zipping past the feeding otters, the curious seals, going headfirst into the wind and flying back to shore catching the tide is the balance that has made lock-down tolerable.

John Delacruz
Journalism and Mass Communications
Rebecca Ochoa
Counselor for Faculty and Staff 
Feeling anxious about the election results? Worried this pandemic may never end? Contact Rebecca Ochoa, SJSU's dedicated counselor for faculty and staff. Rebecca comes to us from Empathia, our EAP (Employee Assistance Program) provider.
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022