Meet the Team: Staff Favorites

Athletes Connected is a partnership between the U-M Athletics Department, the School of Social Work, and the Eisenberg Family Depression Center. Some of our staff have taken the time to (re)introduce themselves and share some things that are important to them in this Meet the Team series, originally featured on Twitter (@Aths_Connected).

Rachel’s Favorite Calm App Activities
  1. Deep Sleep meditation
  2. Dream With Me, sleep story with Harry Styles
  3. The Confidence Series: Before a Performance – You’ve Got This
  4. Emergency Calm
  5. Peak Performance Masterclass with Jason Kidd

Remember, the Calm App is free for all Big Ten athletes! Reach out directly to Rachel or to the Athletic Counseling Team for information on how to get access.

Rachel Amity, LMSW

Will’s Favorite Journal Prompts
  1. What are you feeling in this moment in your body?
  2. What thoughts are currently on your mind?
  3. Where all did you go today, in chronological order
  4. Name someone/something that made you smile recently. Describe what happened and how you felt.
  5. Worries Out! Make a list of your worry thoughts, and only your worry thoughts. Get as many out as you can. Off the mind, onto paper.
  6. List 1-3 things you’re feeling grateful for, and why.
Will Heininger





Eliza’s Ways to Shake Up Her Routine

Eamon’s Favorite Self-Care Activities
  1. Grabbing the binoculars and hitting the trail for some birding
  2. Building Lego
  3. Watching movies, preferably ones I haven’t seen before
  4. Drawing/painting while listening to music
  5. Watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy with my family every weeknight
Eamon Horwedel, MSW Intern

Tachi’s Ways to Set the Tone for the Day
  1. I like to wake up before my family so I can sneak in some quiet time before the madness of the day starts
  2. I put on a weighted vest and walk my dog first thing in the morning to get my blood flowing. I pop in my AirPods and listen to a guided mindfulness practice. Right now, I am doing a 30-day Mindfulness Challenge on the Declutter Your Mind app. 
  3. I make coffee and add something to my gratitude list. I make sure this is the first thing I do before looking at my phone!
  4. I write a few things down in my journal. Sometimes, it’s daily or weekly goals. Other times, I write about things that are on my mind. 
  5. Lastly, I get my 3 year old monster (my son named Jozeya) up and ready for the day! 
Tachi Ribeiro, MSW Intern





Stephanie’s Ways to Embrace Winter Activity

Lizelle’s Favorite Self-Care Activities
  1. Treat myself to a new Trader Joe’s snack
  2. Call a close friend I haven’t talked to in a while
  3. Rewatch a favorite TV series under a heated blanket
  4. Go to sleep without doom scrolling
  5. Take group fitness classes like barre and yoga
Lizelle Salazar, MPH





Couper’s Ways to Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
  1. Make a warm cup of peppermint tea in my favorite mug 
  2. Light a candle, turn on my lamp, and listen to calming music (specifically Calm App’s Post Malone Sleep Remix or any Sleep Remix)
  3. Turn off my phone and all technology to give myself some blue-light-free space to unwind from my day 
  4. In my journal, write 3-5 things I am grateful for, what I am proud of myself for from the day, and something that I am letting go of from today to make tomorrow even better 
  5. Read my book with a fuzzy blanket until I am ready to drift to sleep
Couper Tanko, MSW Intern





Natalie’s Favorite Self-Care Activities