Planners’ Picks — June 1, 2021

Planners’ Picks:

A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

How are you doing? No, REALLY; How Are You Doing? Let’s start June focusing on some well-being resources in PP.


 UW-Extension Health and Well-Being Institute

The Extension Institute of Health & Well-Being works to catalyze positive change in Wisconsin families through evidence-based programs focused on nutrition, food security and safety, chronic disease prevention, mental health promotion, and prevention of substance abuse.  Rooted in both urban and rural communities, we’re working together to help solve the state’s most pressing well-being needs and to ensure that all Wisconsinites live stronger, healthier lives.

Brené Brown on using her BRAVING tool to think about self-trust:

We talk about trust between people and groups, but we often forget about self-trust. Self-trust is normally the first casualty of failure or mistakes. We stop trusting ourselves when we hurt, get hurt, feel shame, or question our worth.

Healthy Minds app provides relief from pandemic stress

While no one could have planned for the COVID-19 pandemic, Healthy Minds Innovations found itself in a position to meet the mental health needs of a world in crisis with one of its signature programs.

The Healthy Minds Program app offers a guided path to well-being, grounded in neuroscience and the concept that people can train their minds to be more calm, focused, and resilient. It was unique and innovative in a broad field of well-being and meditation apps.

Want to Be Happier? Build a Personal Stress-Busting Strategy Using Positive Intelligence (PQ)

How do you handle the habitual mind chatter that stops you from living your happiest, most fulfilling life? We all have inner Judges, Perfectionists, Controllers, Victims, People Pleasers, and more that come out and talk trash:

– When we’re overwhelmed
– When we’re trying something new
– When our beliefs or actions are challenged

Positive Intelligence (PQ) is the psychology and neuroscience-based framework developed by Stanford lecturer Shirzad Charmaine. It’s based on research with over 500,000 people in 50 countries, ranging from college students, to elite athletes, to corporate executives. PQ introduces the concept of Mental Fitness by referring to our thoughts, habits, and behavior patterns as “mental muscles.” Find out more in this post and article by Wisconsin Linkedin member Mental Fitness Coach Lacy Imilkowski.

In the comments, she includes links to two assessments:

PQ Sabotuer Assessment:
PQ Mental Fitness Score:

Overcoming Pandemic Exhaustion: How To Take An Effortless Approach To Achieve More

We have become workaholics and are perpetually exhausted. We crave more balance between our work and home lives, but the last year of living during the Covid pandemic has exacerbated the problems we have now shoved under the rug. Out of sight, but sadly, not out of mind. We seem to be working harder and longer and constantly blurring the lines between our professional and personal lives. Based on behavioral economics, philosophy, physics, and neuroscience, in his new book, Effortless, Greg McKeown unveils tips to working smarter, not harder. They are simple yet brilliant strategies, and therefore easy to apply.

More on Happiness and Well-being at

Learn how to boost your well‑being with strategies from groundbreaking research in positive psychology, CBT, and mindfulness. Find such self-help and support articles as:

“The 6 Skills That Will Increase Your Well-Being” – What’s the key to lasting happiness? Research has confirmed that you can practice certain skills that will increase your happiness in life. You just have to learn how

“3 Ways to Get Out of a Bad Mood” – You’re cranky. Grumpy. In a funk. Before you pull the covers over your head and give up on the day, here are three powerful ways to turn your bad mood around.

Many more to choose from! Check out today.

Staying Positive During Difficult Times

To say we’re living through challenging times sounds like both a cliché and an understatement. In recent months, news about the pandemic, economic woes, and bitter political debates have triggered tremendous anxiety and sadness for many Americans.

But when people look back on their lives, it is usually the most difficult challenges that gave them a new perspective or caused them to grow the most. Of course, in the midst of a crisis, it doesn’t feel that way. But there are steps you can take to cope during difficult times, using techniques from the field of positive psychology.



Register Now for the Student Employment Summer Summit

Date: Tuesday, June 15th 9am-1pm CT

What: We hope you can join us for the 1st annual Student Employment Summit! This event intends to bring together supervisors, hiring managers, and others who support student employment at UW-Madison. All who are interested are welcome and encouraged to attend all or parts of the event! The Summit seeks to provide space for colleagues to connect while sharing knowledge, best practices, and engaging in different perspectives on a variety of Student Employment topics. Please share this opportunity within your circles!

Theme: Inclusive Excellence within Student Employment

Location: All sessions will be hosted via Zoom. Check out our sessions & register today!

If you need accommodation for this virtual Student Employment Summit, please contact Devin Deegan – We hope you can join us!