Month: November 2018


Passive Program of the Month
Self-Care Bingo

School: Washington University in St. Louis Region: MACURH
Person in charge: Tyler Priest Nominator: Tyler Priest

Target Population: 14 Time Needed to Organize: 1 hour
Number of People in Attendance: 14 Date(s) of Program: November 2018
Number of People Needed to Organize: 1 Cost of Program: $0.00
On-Campus Population: 5100 Chapter Size: 29

Origin of Program:

Each month, the RHA advisor creates a new bulletin board dedicated to an issue the RHA students may be facing that month. Previous bulletin boards have been "Know Each Other by Name and Story" and "Don't be Afraid to Ask for Help", dealing with getting to know one another and allowing students the space and resources to ask for help as the semester began getting more busy.

As the semester continues to press forward toward finals, students often begin to feel more and more stress. This stress comes from a myriad of sources, but as the academic calendar intensifies as students approach finals, any small issue can be too much to handle. To help alleviate some of this built up stress and prevent the students of our RHA from holding on to their stresses too long, our monthly bulletin board in the RHA office was converted into a self-care bingo board, 24 unique self- care activities were posted as a way to encourage students to take time for themselves and practice self-care.

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Please give a short description of the program:

The RHA Advisor bulletin board is located at the exact entrance to the RHA office in direct eye-line of the main door, which also looks out to a busy pedestrian area. the location of this bulletin board is a perfect attention grabber. Every student that walks into the RHA Office, whether it be an RHA e-board member, NRHH member, or College Council member sees this bulletin board.

The theme for this month was focused around self-care and loving yourself to prevent and mitigate stress, especially as students began gearing up for finals. To best accomplish this task, the bulletin board was transformed into a self-care bingo board. The board featured 24 self-care activities and a free space. The activities can be found below sorted into their categories:

B (build) - Cook a meal, do a craft, make new friend(s), write an OTM, start a hobby.

I (introverts) - read for pleasure, journal, listen to music, deep breathing, use positive self-talk.

N (not alone) - Talk to family, hang out with friends, talk to an advisor (FREE SPACE), Volunteer, play with an animal.

G (get healthy) - walk outside, exercise, sleep (7.5 hours for a whole week), get a health check-up (mental/physical), drink recommended amount of water.

O (other) - turn off your phone (for 2 hours), Do something spontaneous, Go somewhere beautiful, let yourself cry, nap.

Instructions were also given for the board. Students were instructed to initial on a space once they had completed the activity and if they got a BINGO in the month of November they would receive a prize. the prize is a self-care pack which features a small plastic trophy with a stick saying "self-care champion", a rubber pencil, some silly putty, and a bag of tea.

Additionally, the bulletin board was framed by a series of hearts, one from each student on the RHA E-Board. At the first E-board meeting of the semester the RHA Graduate Advisors did a self-love activity where they asked each student to draw a heart and fill it with things that make them happy. These self-love hearts framed our self-care bingo board as a reminder that we all love ourselves in unique ways.

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Goals of the program:

The goals of this program were threefold (in order of importance):

1. Encourage students to practice self-care and stress reduction techniques - This was by far the most important goal. Observable and Research data all show that students carry stress and this stress intensifies as the semester goes on, often to the detriment of the students well-being. Telling students to practice self-care also can backfire, making them feel more stressed. By "gameifying" this stress relief activity more students actively participated, and hopefully reduced stress.

2. Allow for students to continue to get to know each other - The secondary goal was to allow students another opportunity to continue to get to know each other by being able to look at the self-love hearts around the board. These hearts were a nice continuation of our first bulletin board as well.

3. Continue the monthly advisor bulletin board tradition - The final goal was to continue a new advisor tradition of updating the once empty, bland bulletin board described as an 'eye-sore' every month. The RHA students should know that each month information specifically related and selected for their consumption will be posted on that board.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

This month, the board was designed to be able to asses how many students were taking advantage of the information being provided, and a 4/5 majority of the RHA executive board at least marked off one self-care activity. This is an incredibly positive outcome as every little bit of self-care helps. Just as stressors can build on themselves and spiral into a vicious cycle, so too can positive things and self- care. It only takes one act of self-care to end the vicious cycle and turn it into a virtuous cycle of care and love.

The students this month seemed to really enjoy the bulletin board as evidence by their participation. Some student even took it further and turned it into a competition with one another. The students also asked in October that the November board "not be boring and be thanksgiving themed" and when the November board was unveiled many complimented its theme and design.

Another key impact this program had was continuing the tradition of a new bulletin board with relevant and engaging information each month. This bulletin board has created a true information sharing opportunity many advisors can only dream of having.

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Short evaluation of the program:

No formal evaluation was done at the end of the month, as this bulletin board and passive program were designed to be as low-key and un-invasive as possible to the students. It was designed to be seamlessly integrated into their lives and not have them feeling as if this self-care was one more thing they had to do.

Based on the bingo board, 4/5 of the RHA executive board marked off at least one self-care activity with only 5 students not marking on the board at all. Of those 13 that participated the average number of spaces marked was 5 spaces, which translates to 5 self-care activities in one month. Additionally, 9 students achieved a full BINGO and will be recognized as self-care champions.

In total, over 140 individual acts of self-care were done and recorded on the self- care bingo board. Over 140 individual moments of self-love and care at a time when it was needed most.

Of the 24 (25 if you count the FREE space) unique activities, only one went unaccomplished. No student turned off their phone for 2 hours, all the rest at least had one student achieve them.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

This advisor bulletin board could be easily adapted to other campuses in a variety of ways. For RHAs with their own office space with a bulletin board, advisors can just ask to use it on a monthly basis and update accordingly. The Bingo board is also entirely customize-able and can be made to reflect the students and the student populations each campus serves.

For offices without a bulletin board, butcher paper can be hung to make a make- shift bulletin board, and then updated monthly. For those RHAs without an office space or RHAs/Campuses that wish to be more sustainable, a virtual bulletin board can be created and put on a shared drive, loop on a television, or emailed out similarly to a newsletter. This Self-Care bingo could easily be done virtually as well or on an honor system with students recording on their own bingo cards.

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Date of entry into database: 2018-12-03 11:43:17

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