36 episodes

Join us as we explore a variety of well-being topics to help you thrive at work, home and beyond. Episodes feature conversations with University of Kentucky experts in physical, emotional, mental, nutritional and financial health.

Becoming Wildly Resilient University of Kentucky HR Health and Wellness

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

Join us as we explore a variety of well-being topics to help you thrive at work, home and beyond. Episodes feature conversations with University of Kentucky experts in physical, emotional, mental, nutritional and financial health.

    Humanity in Recovery

    Humanity in Recovery

    Dr. Alex Elswick, an Assistant Extension Professor with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, joined “Becoming Wildly Resilient” in March 2023 to talk about addiction, recovery and our shared humanity. Alex is also a co-founder of Voices of Hope, a Lexington-based non-profit supporting people who use or have used drugs or alcohol and are seeking better health.
    Listen as Alex shares a wealth of knowledge from his lived experience and professional work. Some of what you’ll learn includes: what substance use disorder and recovery look like; what people commonly misunderstand about addiction and recovery, and how we can contribute to the shifting narrative; a holistic approach to recovery, including the power of social connection; and ways we can create a more inclusive and supportive environment for those affected by addiction and recovery. You’ll also hear about Alex’s story from addiction to recovery and what he’s learned about resilience along the way.
    You can find the episode show notes here.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Curating Your Creativity

    Curating Your Creativity

    Rhonda Henry and Eric Wilkinson, mental health therapists with University of Kentucky Human Resources, returned to “Becoming Wildly Resilient” in February to chat about creativity. Listen as they explain: the four types of creativity; how creativity benefits our personal and professional lives; why we sometimes lose sight of our creative capacity; and how we can cultivate more creativity throughout our days. You’ll also hear them discuss creative writing and receive two starter prompts for exploring writing as a creative practice.
    You can find the episode show notes here.

    • 1 hr
    DEI, a Compass to Belonging

    DEI, a Compass to Belonging

    Jason Brooks, Executive Director for Institutional Engagement with the UK Office of Institutional Diversity, and Dr. DeShana Collett, PA-C, a professor with UK College of Health Sciences and University Senate Chair, joined “Becoming Wildly Resilient” this month. Listen as they discuss the vital topic of diversity, equity and inclusion, particularly how they drive belonging and connect to well-being in the workplace. Some of what you’ll learn includes: what diversity, equity, and inclusion are, and why they are essential to workplace cultures; what barriers stand in the way of DEI work; and how we can use both top-down and bottom-up approaches to create more diverse, equitable and inclusive environments where everyone can thrive. You’ll also hear everyone enter a brave space as they get a little vulnerable, sharing lessons learned from times when they became mindful of biases, privileges or honest mistakes.
    You can view the show notes here.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Give Yourself a Break

    Give Yourself a Break

    The holidays and new year bring joy and celebration but can also be a little hectic, stressful or bittersweet. During this time, it’s common to forget to take care of ourselves. So, this month’s episode is a little different. Listen as some of the work-life and well-being experts with University of Kentucky HR Health and Wellness share how they have been practicing self-care lately. You’ll also be guided through a short 5-minute self-compassion meditation by health coach Jackie Carroll at the end of the episode. 
    You can find the show notes here.

    • 25 min
    Well-Being for All

    Well-Being for All

    Lindsey Mullis and Morgan Turner, program director and program education assistant for the Kentucky Inclusive Health Collaborative at the UK Human Development Institute, joined host Jakob Hester this month to talk about the intersection of well-being and disability. In addition to the knowledge they bring from their professional roles, Lindsey is a parent of a child experiencing disability, and Morgan experiences both cognitive and physical disabilities. You’ll hear their stories and learn: what disability is and how to talk about it; what people often get wrong about disability and why those assumptions can be problematic; and how we can help create more inclusive environments and become better allies for disability.
    You can find the episode show notes here.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Raising Resilient Children

    Raising Resilient Children

    Alissa C. Briggs, PhD, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and licensed psychologist with UK HealthCare Adolescent Medicine, joined host Jakob Hester this month to talk about resilience and mental health in children and teens. You'll learn about: what it means for children to be resilient; the protective factors and skills that enhance children’s resilience; current mental health trends in school-age children; and how to support resilience and mental health as a parent or caregiver. Alissa also shares tips for coping as a parent or caregiver and touches on topics like growth mindset, the effects of social media use and proper self-care for adolescents.
    You can view the episode show notes here.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

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Bravo!

I love that this was made with employees in mind. What a creative way to show us that we matter. This may be what gets me through the next few months - looking forward to more episodes!

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