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Keys to Your Wellbeing V: Movement for a Better Brain

People tend to have a stereotypical idea of what movement and exercise means. Sometimes exercise is recommended as a treatment in a way that can even increase anxiety, and by no means encourages activity. Of course, it's only positive if the fiery sneakers and jolly groups inspire and encourage one to get going. Exercise is undeniably healthy. But even a small amount of movement can refresh the brain and enrich thinking.

Read the article below to set the ground. Then, try small the breaks and mindfulness as recommended in the articles below! Also check what Aalto teachers have said about embodiment in class, and the external links for more hints!

This is the fith part of the Key to Your Wellbeing series.

Move Your Brain! – How does embodiment increase wellbeing?

How should we move? What kind of exercise would best support the wellbeing of the mind?

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Keys to Your Wellbeing V: Move Your Brain!

Mindfulness and easy movement to refresh the brain!

Mindfulness Excercises

Benefits of Calmness: mindfulness and other calming practices for You

Mindfulness and other soothing practices can be useful tools for you!

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Ho about a short break? UniSport 2023

Sit less and move a bit - mobile everyday life for everyone

How can we be more physically active - easily? Universities pursue an increasingly mobile everyday life for everyone.

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Abstract illustration for embodied intelligence toolbox by Anna Muchenikova.

Embodied practices for teams

Encourage your team to let go of routines that prevent creativity. Radical Creativity piloted with Social Presencing Theater’s methods.

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Aalto University has joined the national Students on the Move programme

The aim is to develop activities that encourage increased physical activity and reduced sitting


Napping pods were voted the winner

The 2022 participatory budgeting vote's winner released at the end of November. Resting and daytime naps became the winning theme this year.

The winner of the 2022 participatory budgeting vote was determined at the end of November. Resting and daytime naps became the winning theme this year.

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Benchmarks from Aalto teachers!

    Frank Martela

    For the team work I wanted to have groups where there would be both familiar and unfamiliar faces. So I asked the students to form groups of three and write down their names on a piece of paper. I collected the papers, combined each group with another randomly, and put each pair of papers on one desk in front of the class. Then the students came, searched for their own paper, and introduced themselves to the three new group members. 

    - Frank Martela, University lecturer, School of Science

    John Millar

    If the learning facilitator remembers mindfulness, or cues it into the contact session, some mindful movement, and a mindful invitation to the students to feel into and manifest what their bodies need in the moment, is all that is required.

     John Millar, Senior University Lecturer, School of Electrical Enginee

    Picture of Lidia Borisova She is wearing a white shirt and red scarf and is smiling towards the camera.

    Usually, in universities students usually sit and listen to lectures using their brains to focus and learn the content. However, our rational mind is only a small part of our being. Without creating a connection between the body, emotions, and rational mind, we will feel detached from ourselves. Our Good Life Engine course touches upon all three layers. 

    At the Good Life Engine course alongside multiple concepts and exercises to work on our rational mind to improve our well-being, we ran workshops that help students to connect with their body, such as Wim-Hof breathing, Japanese Butoh dance, and energy training exercises (see the photos attached). Energy training exercise (workshop at Good Life Engine course on 1.03) includes 12 exercises to activate energy in your body. The beauty of exercises is that all of them are easy to do in any setting and don't require special conditions or equipment. They derived from the Chinese traditional medicine and the concept of meridians in our body

    - Lidia Rauramo, Educator, Aalto Ventores programme 

    Jaana Suviniitty

    The students form a circle and in that circle you can do anything. The calculation always works: the first round is just ordinary numbers in numerical order, the second round can be backwards, the third with the previous one added etc. The possibilities are endless. Changing numbers divisible by 3 to clapping and changing numbers divisible by 5 to stomping your foot are a bonus. You can learn each other's names, practice showing different statuses, body language, whatever. Toothless animals in the ring have also been fun. The teacher is of course involved in the activity.

    - Jaana Suviniitty, Post doctoral researcher/pedagogical specialist, School of Engineering 

    Keys to Your Wellbeing V (2023) contributors: Suvi Helko, Merita Petäjä, Tiina Pylkkönen, Viivi Virtanen and Ilona Suojanen. Produced by Sakari Heiskanen. 

    The Keys to Your Wellbeing Series

    Keys to your wellbeing

    Keys To Your Wellbeing series is here

    Keys To Your Wellbeing series by Oasis of Radical Wellbeing collects wellbeing materials (science-based articles, podcasts, videos, trainings and exercises) on monthly changing topics.

    Dealing With Feelings

    Keys to Your Wellbeing I: Dealing With Feelings

    We can try to accept and explore difficult feelings. How? A wellbeing package for your use, produced by Aalto wellbeing professionals.

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    Keys to Your Wellbeing II: Self-Compassion With a Fierce Twist

    Self-compassion helps, and you can learn and practice it. A wellbeing package for your use, produced by Aalto wellbeing professionals.

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    Group Flow - What!?

    Keys to Your Wellbeing III: Group Flow - What!?

    Flow can also be achieved together with others! A wellbeing package for your use, produced by Aalto wellbeing professionals.

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    In It Together - Keys to Your Wellbeing IV

    Keys to Your Wellbeing IV: In It Together

    What kind of quality you bring to interaction with people? Connecting with others can be developed. A wellbeing package for your use, produced by Aalto wellbeing professionals.

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    Green Minds, Healthy Hearts - Social Sustainability Symposium May 30 2023

    Wellbeing News

    People attending the Wellbeing Fair at Aalto's Wellbeing Week
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    Oasis at the Aalto Wellbeing Week

    Oasis of Radical Wellbeing project participates in the Wellbeing Week on 2.-6.10.
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    Support for those suffering from the consequences of the earthquake in Morocco and Storm Daniel

    How the university can support staff and students in dealing with the crisis, and how you can help the victims of the earthquake and storm
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    Suggest how you would use 13,000 eur for the wellbeing of Aalto University students!

    Submit your proposal by September 29, 2023, for a participatory budgeting project to improve student wellbeing on campus. A winner will be voted on from the feasible ideas within the year 2023.
    Annukka Svanda, photo by Linda Lehtovirta
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    Annukka Svanda: It's important to challenge yourself to do hard things

    'I believe that those of us who can and are capable have a duty to work to make the world a little better place all the time. For example, we can try to improve the situation of those who are not so well off.'

    Wellbeing Events

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    Aalto Wellbeing Week 2023

    Check all the events during Wellbeing Week
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    Conferences, Workshops

    ARCH24 - The 6th International conference on Architecture, Research, Health and Care (external link)

    The International ARCH24 Conference will be held at Aalto University, Espoo, in June 17th to 19th in 2024.
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