Wellness Discussion Questions

Start a Meeting with a Short Discussion about Wellbeing

There are a variety of brief activities to start a meeting or class that will establish a culture of care and respect. This is an activity you can do with your colleagues and/or with your students, depending on what you are comfortable with and how time allows. They can turn to a partner, share in small group, do a 3 minute Zoom breakout, etc.

Discussion Topic Examples

  • What is going well (Positive)
    • Have each person say one thing that is going well this week (personal or professional).
  • Gratitude
    • Have each person name one or two things they are grateful for this week. Name someone they are grateful for this week.
  • Mindfulness
    • Do a short mindful meditation exercise as a group to help focus everyone before the meeting.
      • Headspace has free meditations available: https://www.headspace.com/
      • Student Counseling Services has guided meditation exercises at this link: https://www.counseling.iastate.edu/
  • Self-Care
    • Ask everyone to describe something they are doing this week to take care of themselves?
  • Recommendations
    • Have everyone give one recommendation they have for the group: a book, movie, Netflix show, recipe, hiking or biking location, etc.

Add in your own discussion topics that connect to wellbeing and your academic field as well!