Social Well-being

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Social Well-being is the ability to build meaningful connections with and feel a sense of belonging to the GW community by establishing and maintaining healthy relationships with others.

Ways to engage your social well-being during the virtual learning period:

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Alternative Programming

GW Late Night is a series of evening and weekend events that provide space for students to have fun and socialize, explore new interests, and take a break from academics without the temptation or risks involved with drinking alcohol or being in an environment where alcohol is present.

 

Artist Talks

Check out the University Calendar for Artist Talks hosted by Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.

 

Collegiate Recovery Community

The Collegiate Recovery Community is designed to support students in recovery from substance disorders and other process addictions.

 

E-Sports

GW Campus Rec reation Intramural Sports is offering a wide array of virtual e-sports and gaming competitions. Some game titles include FIFA, Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, NBA 2k, and more! They will also be partnering with American University and Georgetown University on E-Sports tournaments.

 

Find an Event

Check out the University Calendar and Engage to find virtual events to attend.

 

Get Involved

Get involved in one of GW's 500+ clubs and organizations.

MeetUp.com

Find local clubs, organizations, and events related to your interests and passions.

 

ResponsibleDrinking.org

For students over 21, who may be consuming alcohol for frequently than normal, these are tips to remind them to drink responsibly. Students may also be engaging in digital happy hours and "drinking challenges" online, so this site can serve as a reminder of the risks of binge drinking and how to set proper limits.

 

Volunteerism

Find volunteer opportunities through VolunteerMatch.com or NationalService.gov.

9 Social Distancing Activities That Are Actually Fun

Check out these fun activities to do with friends virtualy. Activities include cooking compeitions, book clubs, art projects, and home workouts engaging with friends.

 

The Conversation

In the age of social distancing, maintaining social connections is important now more than ever! This article gives tips on ways to maintain/increase our social engagement. What are some ways you are engaging in social relationships?

 

Combating Loneliness to Prevent Addiction

Fighting loneliness can have the effect of fighting addiction too, as positive relationships impact your life in a significant way. Support groups and treatment will help to break the cycle of addiction, but lifestyle changes can also bring positive changes and greatly improve the situation.

 

Coping with Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) help can come in many forms. While not a substitute for professional treatment, self-help is a good starting point. The self-help strategies for social anxiety disorder outlined in this article can be used at home to overcome your symptoms.

 

Longwalks

  • This "group journal" app allows you to complete short, daily prompts with the important people in your life in order to strengthen your relationships and have more meaningful conversations.

 

NIH Social Wellness Toolkit

Little Happier: A Lesson Learned from the End of Life: Make Time for the People Who Matter Most

July 27, 2020

Eugene O’Kelley’s account of his experience of the end of his life is a reminder that our time and energy are limited, and we need to make sure to give them to the people who matter most to us.

These 5 tips can reduce the negative impacts of alcohol.

1. Check in with yourself.

  • If you're feeling hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, consider not drinking, as these states can heighten the negative impacts of alcohol.
  • COVID Consideration: It might be tempting to end the day with a glass of wine or a cold beer to unwind, but try limiting drinking to weekends and opting for a non-alcoholic drink during the week.

2. Don't drink on an empty stomach.

  • If you do decide to drink, eat a carb- and protein-heavy meal beforehand.

3. Alternate between alcohol and water.

  • Alcohol causes your body to lose water. Stay hydrated by alternating your drinks with water.
  • Leave a large water bottle by your bedside to drink before you go to sleep.

4. Keep track of how much you drink.

  • The body processes one standard drink per hour.
  • Set a limit beforehand for how much you will drink, and try to avoid drinking games.

Standard Drink Sizes

  • Liquor: 1.5 oz.
  • Wine: 5 oz.
  • Beer: 12 oz.

5. Don't feel like drinking?

  • That's okay! If you don't want to drink but still want to be social, just hold a cup of soda. Nobody will know the difference.
  • If a friend tells you they aren't drinking, offer them a cup of soda or water instead.

#RaiseUpGW Resources

  • Check out upcoming #GWLateNight events on Engage if you're looking for an alcohol-free environment.
  • Learn more about the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) designed to support students in recovery from substance disorders and other process addictions.

 

Download the 5 Tips for Alcohol Risk Reduction handout

These 5 tips can help you connect with others and strengthen relationships.

  1. Create a group chat.
    • Create a group chat with roommates or an existing group of friends to make plans easily.
    • Start a weekly tradition, such as coffee dates or Sunday brunch. This will give you something fun to look forward to each week!
  2. Connect outside social media.
    • Find ways to connect that don't involve social media.
    • Ex. calling a friend or family member, playing a board game, cooking or baking together, attending a group fitness class at Lerner
    • COVID Consideration: Try finding different ways to engage in these activities while remaining socially distant. For example, have a movie night using the Netflix Party extension, or do a group workout over Zoom.
  3. Experiencing FOMO?
    • If you experience FOMO (fear of missing out) when you scroll through social media, consider taking a break from it altogether.
    • Remember to also cultivate a connection with yourself! Find activities that you enjoy on your own.
  4. Join a club or organization at GW.
    • GW has over 500 clubs and organizations surrounding a variety of causes and interests.
    • Join an organization to meet people with similar interests and passions.
  5. Attend one of GW's many campus traditions and events.
    • Participate in a campus tradition like Vern Harvest, Midnight Breakfast, or Chalk-In.
    • Give back to the community through the Nashman Center's many service programs.
    • Attend a community or cultural event hosted by the MSSC.

#RaiseUpGW Resources

 

Download the 5 Tips for Connecting with Others handout