Restoration Week

Take A Break!

No fall break. Can’t go home. Can’t visit new places. Can’t catch up on sleep.

But you still need a break!

  
The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being and numerous campus partners have joined together to promote "Take a Break" Restoration Week October 12th - 17th. Look out for opportunities to relax, laugh, experience memories from home, have a little change of scenery, and learn how to develop a restorative routine to help you brave a very challenging semester.

Check out the Take a Break guide for more restorative ideas!


All Week

Social Media Contest | Post a picture during the week of yourself relaxing or attending a "Take A Break" event with the hashtag #NDRestoration or #NDTakeaBreak for a chance to win a restorative gift pack.

The Fighting Irish Wall | Duncan Student Center | Stop by the Duncan Student Center all week to view words of hope amidst our challenges. | Sponsored by Campus Ministry 

Restore @ McWell | If the weather's not so great outside, take a break inside! Reserve one of the McWell Restorative Spaces this week and receive a special themed surprise. Reservations required in advance at mcwell.nd.edu

Daily Mass | Monday-Friday, 11:30am & 5:15pm at the Basilica | Saturday, 11:30am in the Crypt | Join your prayers with other students, staff, and faculty during the daily masses offered on campus. 

Grotto | While you're out and about, stop by the Grotto for a peaceful moment of quiet prayer. Light a candle or just take in God's creation during northern Indiana's prettiest season, Fall.


Monday, October 12

Mindfulness Drop-In Session | 12:30pm-1pm | Virtual - Zoom 739 942 5228 | Take a break with MindfulND for quick, mid-day meditation to improve focus and alleviate stress. 

Restorative Yoga | 6pm-6:45pm | Virtual | Restorative yoga is a non strenuous type of yoga that focuses on relaxing, tuning in and taking a break. You will not sweat during this type of yoga and will leave feeling less stressed and hopefully will notice an improvement in sleep! You will need two pillows and either a chair or end of a bed to take part in this type of yoga. (Zoom passocde: GOIRISH) | Sponsored by Student Welfare & Development, Athletics

Recipes from Home ~ Hawaiian Night | 5pm-9pm | North & South Dining Hall | Huli huli chicken, coconut rice, pineapple salsa, banana bread, kahlua port, and steamed buns. | Sponsored by Campus Dining Services 


Tuesday, October 13

Racial Battle Fatigue: What it is and how to restore | 6pm | Virtual | Come learn about RAVEN, a 5 step approach to help students deal with racial microaggression as they happen in the moment, along with additional resources to help students deal with energy lost in dealing with racial microaggressions. | Sponsored by MSPS

GratiTUESDAY | 5pm-7pm | Fieldhouse Mall | A small dose of gratitude on a Tuesday! Stop by and get a gratitude card kit to thank faculty, staff, or friends and take a moment to reflect on what you're grateful for. In the event of inclement weather, cards will be available at the McWell front desk.

The Big Draw: Exquisite Corpse | 7pm-8pm | Virtual | This is a collaborative drawing game developed by Surrealist artists in 1925. They used the game to free their minds of distractions and push their creativity to its fullest potential. The Snite Museum of Art will be using Zoom to take the Exquisite Corpse game into the digital realm. Participants will make and share drawings during the program and participate in conversations. Register here.

Kintsugi | 8pm-10pm | Library Lawn | The Japanese art of kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride. | Sponsored by the Gender Relations Center

Recipes from Home ~ Italian Night | 5pm-7pm | North & South Dining Hall | Pasta al forno (combination of pasta, Italian meats and cheeses baked to perfection. Garlic bread, Italian herbed grilled chicken tenders, tomato stewed zucchini, and sautéed broccolini. | Sponsored by Campus Dining Services 


Wednesday, October 14

Embracing and Encouraging Wellness: A Discussion for Academic Instructors | 1pm-2pm | Instructor Registration HERE| In this interactive discussion we will share and embrace wellness practices and challenges and offer strategies to encourage you and your students to cultivate wellness. We will also invite you to share wellness practices that have helped you or your students survive and thrive this semester. | Facilitated by Megan Brown, McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, Dominque Vargas and Kevin Barry, Kaneb Center.

#ChalkYourWalk: Encouragement on your way places | 3pm-4pm | Stop by #ChalkYourWalk to hear some words of encouragement, spend some time outside, and take your own chalk to share encouraging words and fun drawings with others on their walk! | Sponsored by the University Counseling Center, Kaylin Hill 

"My yoke is easy and my burden is light" | 5pm-5:45pm | Coleman Morse Lounge | Take time to renew yourself in a contemplative, prayerful way. Experience Jesus' loving presence through a guided meditation followed by a brief opportunity for sharing. The prayer will be led by Tami Schmitz, Campus Ministry.

Peaceful Places: Tranquili-TEA | 7pm-8:30pm | DPAC Explore a variety of peaceful places on campus with GROW Peer Educators hosting activities that will help you find calm and restoration in new ways. Different spaces will be highlighted each day. Tea, cookies, essential oils, and gratitude journals will be available! Check out the Peaceful Places Guide for a self-led experience!

Recipes from Home ~ Polish Night | 5pm-9pm | North & South Dining Hall | Fried chicken, green beans, kluski noodles, Polish sausage, cabbage, and pirogi. | Sponsored by Campus Dining Services 


Thursday, October 15

Slow Look | 12pm-12:30pm | Virtual Take a break for a "slow look" at N. Jay Jaffee's Learning to Skate, Livonia Avenue, East New York, Brooklyn on view in Touchstones of the Twentieth Century: A History of Photography at the University of Notre Dame. The Snite will virtually place you in the exhibit via live stream and use tools of mindfulness as a way to approach and understand the photograph. Register here.

Mindfulness Drop-In Session | 12:30pm-1pm | Virtual - Zoom 739 942 5228 | Take a break with MindfulND for quick, mid-day meditation to improve focus and alleviate stress. 

Stress Relief Coloring | 7pm | South Quad | Sponsored by MSPS 

Peaceful Places: Nature Walk with GROW | 6pm-7:30pm | Start at table on God Quad | Explore a variety of peaceful places on campus with GROW Peer Educators hosting activities that will help you find calm and restoration in new ways. Different spaces will be highlighted each day. Trail mix, essential oils, and gratitude journals will be available!

Recipes from Home ~ Cajun Night | 5pm-9pm | North & South Dining Hall | Etofee, toasted baguette, andouille shrimp and grits, fried okra, and fried catfish. | Sponsored by Campus Dining Services 


Friday, October 16

Your Brain & Sleep | 3pm | Virtual | Join McWell Senior Fellows for a workshop on the science of sleep, and tips and tricks to improve it. Attendees will receive a raffle entry for the ultimate sleep-themed prize pack!

Peaceful Places: LOL-GA on Carroll Quad | 5pm-6pm | Explore a variety of peaceful places on campus with GROW Peer Educators hosting activities that will help you find calm and restoration in new ways. Different spaces will be highlighted each day. Bring your own mat, or there will also be mats available to borrow. Caramel apples will be served after!

Restorative Yoga | 4pm | Virtual | Registration opens on October 14. Register here to join Yoga Steve for a free session of restorative yoga. You will receive a confirmation email when you successfully register. | Sponsored by Rec Sports

"Travel" Movie Night | 8pm | Debartolo 101 | Get away in your imagination and watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. | Sponsored by Active Minds and the Student Union Board

Recipes from Home ~ American Homestyle Night | 5pm-7:30pm| North & South Dining Hall | Grilled strip loin, fresh sweet potatoes and brussels roasted, sweet dinner rolls, and creamed spinach. | Sponsored by Campus Dining Services 


Saturday, October 17

The Big Draw: The Snite Sketches | All day | Virtual - Snite Website | For sketching on campus - During The Snite’s open hours, grab a few sheets of blank paper and a pencil and head over to the Museum to find your favorite work of art to sketch or explore a bit and discover a new work to spend time with. For sketching off campus - Every Saturday during the month of October The Snite will be sharing samplings of works from the Museum for your at-home sketching pleasure.

90's Karaoke Night | 8pm | South Quad | Take a break and sing your heart out to some 90's tunes! | Sponsored by MSPS