From: Interfraternity Congress/Panhellenic Council
Date: March 24, 2021
Subject: Wellness Wednesday Newsletter

The Greek Life community is dedicated to supporting our students in academics and wellness. This week we delve into the importance of taking a break and the effects of mental fatigue as part of our Care Begins With Me initiative. This newsletter discusses why it's ok to take a break, mental burnout, how to prevent mental burnout, self-care check-in, as well as much more.

Why it's ok to take a break

"You are human. You can’t do everything all the time at full speed without breaking down at some point. Pushing yourself past your own limits for too long means your body will rebel and make you take a break.

Have you ever thought about “not having time” to deal with something, but then something happens and you end up taking more time to deal with the consequences than you would have if you’d just dealt with the thing up-front?"

Article from Colleen Mitchell Click here to read the full article.

Study Tips & Management

It is incredibly important to manage your time and study effectively to help prevent burnout and mental fatigue. Time management can help you to find time to de-stress and rest to avoid mental fatigue. Click here for a worksheet on time management Tips to help you manage your schedule and schedule in time to rest.
Creating a study routine is also a good way to maximize your time and avoid burnout. Creating a routine–such as studying for an hour after dinner, or for a half-hour each morning–will encourage consistency. When getting started, create a study schedule and set reminders on your phone to help build the habit. Click here to see some fantastic study tips.

Mental Fatigue

Mental fatigue is the feeling that your brain just won’t function right. People often describe it as brain fog. You can’t concentrate, even simple tasks take forever, and you find yourself rereading the same paragraph or tweaking the same line of code over-and-over again. 

Mental fatigue is complex and usually isn’t caused by one thing. Contributing factors can be physical— like poor nutrition, lack of sleep, or hormonal imbalances — or cognitive — you’ve been asking your brain to do too much.

That cognitive overload can take the form of intense focus on a single task over an extended period of time all of the decisions you have to make, the information you have to process, the emails you need to answer, the tasks you need to keep track of, the chores you need to take care of. To make matters worse, worrying about a task can be as mentally taxing as actually doing it. That means even while you’re procrastinating, you’re taxing your brain.

To find out ways to decrease mental fatigue and why it occurs, click here to thread the full article by Becky Kane

Self-Care Assessment

Unsure if you on the verge of burnout or how much mental fatigue is affecting you? Click here to take a quick self-care assessment.
In this assessment, you will think about how frequently, or how well you are performing different self-care activities. There ant no wrong answers to this assessment. This list is not comprehensive but serves as a starting point for thinking about your self-care needs

Take a Break

Take a break. Look what happened when Hamilton didn't take a break. Don't be like Hamilton. Take a break.

How to Bounce Back from Burnout in 3 Simple Steps

Allan Ting shares 17 years of research from the world’s iconic leaders such as Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, and many others. Having been burned out from work himself and one step away from homelessness, he went on a personal quest to understand the work-life balance. A talk worth sharing.

Why you should take a break: Prioritizing mental health in schools

While not everyone has a diagnosed mental illness, every person has their own mental health with unique needs and challenges. It is time that we extend the same empathy and aid to mental health as we do to physical health. One of the best ways to end the stigma surrounding mental health is by spreading the idea that it is always ok to take a break for your mental wellbeing, especially for teens and students. Hailey Hardcastle is a freshman at the University of Oregon and a student mental health advocate. This year she was named one of Teen Vogues 21 under 21 most influential young people for her work on passing House Bill 2191, which allows students to take mental health days off from school. Hardcastle works with other teens nationwide to promote student advocacy and come up with creative solutions to teenage mental challenges. 

Prosocial Bystander Training

The Center for Women provides training on how to be a prosocial bystander. How to be a
Prosocial Bystander is an evidence-informed bystander intervention program that uses
community care as the foundation of intervention. This training teaches how to identify potential
violent incidents, individual responsibility to intervene, and how to do so safely and effectively
in order to maintain a safe environment for all people. To request one of these workshops, you
can fill out this form:

Need Help?

Feeling like you need help to improve your physical or mental wellness? Click here to find out more about Case Westerns Counseling services. Click here to find out more about Case General Clinic. Click here for more information on sexual health. In immediate crisis? Call (216)368-5872 or 911 for help now.

Its on us CWRU Campaign

The Greek Life Office is encouraging the Greek community to participate in the It’s On CWRU
campaign. The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women provides violence prevention education
programs to the CWRU community through this campaign. It’s On CWRU’s mission is to
disrupt the culture of violence through evidence-informed education, mutual aid, and survivor
support. We achieve our mission by shifting dominant community attitudes about sexual
violence and establishing personal responsibility to support a culture of healing.
The Center for Women prevention education work is focused on three key areas: bystander
intervention, consent education, and survivor support.
Participants in education programs will be able to:

  • define key terms and identify the root causes of power- and gender-based violence;

  • debunk myths and de-stigmatize facts about sexual violence; 

  • identify resources for continued education and services that may assist survivors;

  • understand the role that all members of our community play in ending violence; and

  • implement strategies to intervene as a prosocial bystander.

To find out more about the It’s On CWRU initiative and how you can get involved, you can
attend the next information session on Monday, April 12, 2021 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. You can sign
up for this session at this link:

Prevention Advocacy

The Prevention Advocacy Compliance Clery Team is committed to providing ongoing updates, resources, and support to all CWRU community members impacted by sexual violence. The Center for Women has created a guidebook that acts as a non-exhaustive overview of survivor support resources, violence prevention education, and CWRU sexual harassment policy guidelines. It continues to be updated and expanded as we respond to the needs of our community. While this provides basic information regarding sexual violence prevention and
response, readers are encouraged to seek out more in-depth explanations from the information
sources provided throughout the guidebook. You can access the guidebook here:
How to Get Involved
There are many options for the Greek community to get involved in violence prevention and
creating a safer Greek community:

  1. Community members can pre-order a It's On CWRU Toolkit for your student organization, residence hall, office, community space, or classroom. To get more information on how to request a toolkit, you can email the Center for Women at
  2. The Center for Women is providing Prosocial Bystander campus-wide training. Dates for deliveries fall on the third Tuesday of each month, 6 to 7:30 p.m. You can sign up for the March 16 training at this link: or the training on April 20 at this link:
  3. Coming up in April there will be Sexual Assault Awareness Month events, so please stay tuned for event announcements!
  4. You can host a Mather Center workshop for your residence hall, student organization, campus department, or community group. To request one of these workshops, you can fill out this form:
  5. You can sign up for the Mather Center’s Newsletters. Email newsletters are sent once a week and highlight upcoming events and programs. You can sign up for these newsletters at this link: https://us13.list-
  6. Follow the Mather Center for Women on Facebook @FloraStoneMather.CenterForWomen and on Instagram @florastonemathercenter.
  7. For more information about the Center for Women or about programming, you can visit their website at


Thursday, March 25
Start End   Event         Location
3:00pm 4:00pm BIPOC Support Space Video Conferencing Link
3:30pm 4:30pm Support Group for AAPI Students Private Location (rsvp to display)
4:00pm 5:30pm OMA Community Zoom - Guaranteed Fun! Private Location (rsvp to display)
Friday, March 26
10:00am 10:30am Coffee, Connection, & Appreciation Private Location (rsvp to display)
12:00pm 1:00pm Putting You First with the Student Life PDC
1:00pm 2:30pm Building Hope & Resiliency TBD
4:00pm 4:00pm Mental Health Awareness Weekend ***PRIZES FOR ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS ONLY Private Location (rsvp to display)
6:00pm 8:00pm Conversation Series: The Relationship Between the Latina and Black Communities Private Location (rsvp to display)
Wednesday, March 31
3:00pm 4:00pm APIDA Dialogue & Healing Space (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) Private Location (rsvp to display)
Monday, April 5
8:00am 11:55pm Walking Challenge with WHAM Private Location (rsvp to display)

Upstander: Project Connection--Dr. Ronald Fry Logo


Upstander: Project Connection--Dr. Ronald Fry

Friday, March 26, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm
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How to Use and Appreciate Values in Decision Making
From Dr. Ronald Fry's work on Appreciative Inquiry at the Weatherhead School of Management, he has found that the more people are connected to their strengths and values, the more likely they are to respond to enact positive outcomes in potentially harmful situations. This first dialogue of Project Connection is about reconnecting with your own values to continually work to be an Upstander, to learn from the values of others, and to build empowerment as individuals and as a community. This event is open to the entire CWRU community.

Meeting ID: 990 0080 4345
Passcode: 016342

Upstander: Projection Connection--How to Implement Restorative Practices into Everyday Relationships Logo


Upstander: Projection Connection--How to Implement Restorative Practices into Everyday Relationships

Thursday, April 1, 2021
5:00pm - 6:00pm
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What do we do when our friend harmed someone?
We all want to hold those that harm others accountable, but what does that actually mean? The road to healing, accountability, and growth is a rough one, and in this dialogue we will talk about what our goals are in holding others accountable for their actions, and discuss if it is possible to maintain relationships with those people. Jamie Greenwolf will lead a dialogue answering some of those questions revolving on the concepts of restorative justice and shame on April 1st at 5pm.

Meeting ID: 928 1437 3425
Passcode: 469445



Upstander: Project Connection--Consent is Sexy

Friday, April 30, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Many of us have been taught the definition of consent, but what does that actually look like? What do we actually say? In this dialogue we will talk about ways people ask for and receive consent in real terms. Also, since consent is a question, we may sometimes get a no. How do we respond to that in a way that strengthens relationships? Please join us in welcoming back Jamie Greenwolf and Sarah Ferrato as our wonderful facilitators for this dialogue.

Meeting ID: 982 2242 3297
Passcode: 416756