Press Pause

rest. relax. refresh.

Taking time to rest improves all areas of wellness, but unfortunately, it’s often overlooked. Expectations of work, school, and life can make resting seem impossible or unimportant. Let’s change that this year by making rest a priority! By taking breaks often, we are not failing, we are recharging our bodies and our minds. We encourage you to rest, relax, and refresh by Pressing Pause.

Follow us all semester as we share tips in our blog, provide tools below, and give away restful goodies via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.



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Recreation & Wellness partnered with the Master of Public Health program at GVSU in Winter 2023 to do a photovoice project for Press Pause. Students took photos of things that helped them Press Pause while reflecting on how pausing was important to their daily lives. Below you will find some of the student's photos and we hope it inspires you to rest, relax, and refresh.

Photos were submitted via Jamboard and may effect quality of images.

black and white sketch of a man looking in a very large book that has a picture of the moon and stars


January 2024

In our society, it is common to hear messages that tell us our worth equals our productivity. So much pressure is placed on us to “embrace the grind culture”. Unfortunately, this can worsen our well-being. Rest is not something that we can ignore; it's something that’s necessary for us to live well. Benefits of rest include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Increased creativity
  • Improved immune system
  • Improved mood
  • Improved focus

We need to reframe our perspective of what productivity really means. By taking time to rest, you improve your overall well-being, which can allow you to work better and be happier. We should enjoy the lives we live, which is why it’s important to take breaks throughout the day. Resting does not mean that you’re lazy or that you have no ambition; it means that you care about yourself. Remember that rest restores you.

tips and tools


February 2024

  • A good balance of time spent on and off technology is beneficial to both physical and mental health.
  • “Unplugged” likely means something different for everyone, whether it’s not using your phone while you’re with others, avoiding email during dinner, or spending less time on social media.

With something for everyone, Recreation & Wellness offers multiple opportunities to do so. Become more mindful of your time and better balance it with exercising, having meaningful conversations, spending time outdoors, playing sports, or anything else that enhances your overall health and wellbeing. Use those extra "unplugged" hours each day doing something good for you, and just enjoy the world and people around you


tips and tools

black and white sketch of a man sleeping with head on a table. dreaming of a fish above him.


March 2024

Good sleep health is important for individuals to best achieve their personal, family, and professional goals. Sleep is a vital part of well-being, but how do we know if we are getting enough sleep and how do we increase sleep? If you spend more than 30 minutes trying to fall asleep or feel fatigued all day, it might be time to assess your sleep. Options to improve your sleep include:

Check out more tips and tricks from the National Sleep Foundation.

tips and tools

black and white sketch of a girl sitting on the ground looking contently at a large flower


April 2024

Self-care is about more than just meeting the basic needs of human survival; it focuses on investing in your health and well-being through intentional behaviors. This is a lifelong process that can be experienced in many different ways, which means it’s necessary to continuously check in with yourself to assess your needs. Self-care allows you to prioritize yourself, which is why it’s beneficial for your health. Here are some ways you can practice:

  • Meditate
  • Hang out with friends
  • Sleep (naps are nice)
  • Set boundaries (for yourself, for work/life balance, etc.)
  • Take a break (read, draw, watch a movie)
  • Exercise (even if it just means taking a short walk)
  • Eat nourishing foods (and comfort foods when the situation calls for it)

While self-care can mean trips to the spa or retail therapy for some people, it’s important to remember that it’s not something that you need to spend money on to achieve. It can be as simple as taking a moment for yourself to relax. It’s also important to point out that prioritizing your well-being is not selfish. Be compassionate with yourself and practice self-care.

tips and tools

Images (besides Unplugged/Press Pause) by: 愚木混株 Cdd20 on Pixabay


Campaign designed by Recreation & Wellness, a department in the Division of Student Affairs at Grand Valley State University.

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Page last modified August 30, 2023