Spotlight On: Holly Fosher
Name: Holly Fosher
Department: Residence Life
Role at UNH: Residence Hall Director
Year Started at UNH: 2019
What does being healthy look like to you?
To me, being healthy means feeling balanced overall socially, mentally, and physically. I honestly love using the Wellness Wheel from Health & Wellness to check in on how I’m doing, because there are so many components that can influence our health. It’s a good reminder to check in with each part of myself!
What have you been doing to take care of your mental health while in quarantine?
I have been connecting with old and new friends over Zoom. Relationships are super important to me, so it’s been great to call or facetime people just to check in. Also, I am a huge advocate for therapy, because it’s so nice to have a professional, unbiased person to talk to. I have also been journaling every day, and I write down 3 things that I am grateful for that day. This has really kept my spirits up!
What has been your favorite tech-free hobby?
I’m horrendously bad at cooking, but it’s been fun to learn how to cook! Although, I really miss Philly.
What do you do to stay active?
I feel like we’re are all living the same lives because I am going on A LOT of long walks with my dog and doing at home workouts. Can anyone else relate?
What has been your favorite food to make while in quarantine?
Smoothies! It’s so easy to throw in random frozen fruit, add yogurt, add juice/milk and then voilà-you have the best snack!
How do you find motivation to stay healthy and active while in quarantine?
Motivation is something I struggle with. I’m extrinsically motivated, so it’s been tough sometimes to get myself going. If I’m avoiding going for a run, I will put on socks and shoes and create a fire playlist to get myself going. Sometimes that’s enough to get me to do it!
Have you seen or felt any improvements in your physical or mental well-being after making positive changes in your life?
Absolutely! I’ve been tracking my daily water intake because I struggle with drinking enough water daily. I definitely have way less headaches than I used to because of this! I purchased a GIANT water bottle, and everyone teases me but it’s such a great way to track if I’ve drunk enough water each day.
Do you have any positive words of encouragement for others to create a healthier lifestyle?
I’ve read that it takes 21 days to form a habit, and 90 days to make something a lifestyle. I would say to try your very best to set goals, and mark on a calendar how long you are trying to do that thing. So, for example, I am doing a “couch to 5K plan” which has daily distance goals to help me build up to the mileage. I keep it on my door to get myself motivated, and maybe after three weeks of doing it, running will feel more like a part of my life. YOU GOT THIS! You can do anything you want to do if you put your mind to it!