Dear Tar Heels,
Our first set of student Wellness Days are coming up, Feb. 15-16. The University has provided these days as an opportunity for you to relax, rest up and recharge your batteries. I want to share a few resources to help you enjoy this time while protecting yourself and others.
Social and Wellness Activities
During your days off, we know you may be looking for ways to get into a good self-care routine or socialize safely with friends, and it feels hard to do it under the current public health guidance and especially difficult during the winter. Check out the helpful suggestions and ideas from UNC Healthy Heels and The Well for ways to focus on your health and stay engaged. Here are some other great resources:
- CAPS offers a variety of groups that connect students to supportive, nurturing and safe environments including Dancing Mindfulness, Brother to Brother and many more.
- Wellness offers community-building programs designed to increase a sense of belonging and provide space for voices and stories to be shared.
- Campus Rec offers a number of wellness resources on its website, along with in-person and virtual on-demand and live fitness classes.
- Student Wellness continues to provide virtual support, program requests, appointments and wellbeing interventions. Learn more at studentwellness.unc.edu.
I hope you saw Tuesday’s message from the Carolina Together Testing Team with COVID testing guidance during our Wellness Days. We strongly encourage you not to travel out of the area during any Wellness Days. If you must travel over Wellness Days, you are expected to make arrangements to test immediately upon your return and once again in the week following your return. We encourage you to take full advantage of our Carolina Together Testing Program and the testing sites available to you. Also, be sure to limit your social interactions and continue to practice the 3 W’s – wear your mask, wait six feet apart and wash your hands. And remember that a test result is only a snapshot of your status at the moment the test was taken, so it’s important that you take those two tests when you return and limit your interactions, even if your initial re-entry test is negative.
I hope you enjoy these Wellness Days, take time to care for yourself, and do things you enjoy in a safe and thoughtful way. We all play a part in keeping each other safe and healthy.
Be well, take care of each other, and Go Heels!
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs