June 15, 2017
Learning To Love The Journey And Not Take Life So Seriously
The guns went off and now we’re running full steam ahead into summer, and pretty soon a new academic year - literally and figuratively. Sometimes we wish we could slow it down or hit “pause” on everything to catch our breath, but sometimes it feels impossible.
Let’s take a moment to remind ourselves that this life is OURS. It’s in OUR control to either live it or continue stumbling through it. It's a mental game for sure, and that’s... Read More
June 5, 2017
The Simplest Things Can Be The Greatest Stress Reducers
Writing down your thoughts, your ideas, and feelings can help your mental health in unexpected ways. Whether it’s about your good days or your bad days, writing about it can help make you feel better.
I recently went on a volunteer trip to Bali. Every few nights, I sat myself in front of beautiful scenery and started writing. I wrote about my excitement being there, my thoughts on the importance of traveling alone, and reflected on how... Read More
May 19, 2017
How Exercise Can Improve Mental Health
It's clear that exercise can help improve your physical health but did you know that exercise is actually one of the best ways to improve your mental health too? Running, dancing, swimming, walking, and even gardening is shown to enhance your mood and improve your overall mental wellbeing.
When you exercise your brain releases feel good neurochemicals called endorphins which act as natural pain killers and can "bring about feelings of euphoria and general... Read More
May 4, 2017
The Importance of Reading at all Ages and How it Contributes to Health.
As a child I remember my parents reading me children's books. Eventually, I'd heard the books and seen the illustrations so many times I could recite them by memory. I may not have been a child reading prodigy, but at this time, I was developing relationships with those who took the time to share stories with me, exercising my memory, and learning how to connect with experiences other than our own.
Elementary and middle... Read More
March 22, 2017
The Idea of “Filling Your Cup” and the Power of Positivity.
You know that feeling when you get into a funk and it seems so much easier to mope around and be negative than it does to try and come back from it? How about this? Are you still grumpy if someone smiles at you or does a nice gesture like hold the door for you or pay your toll fee on the highway? These are proof that little positive gestures can go a long way.
There are two main ways I like to create and share positivity within my own... Read More
March 2, 2017
The Benefits of Mindfulness
Do you ever feel like you're in a fog or “out of it” during stressful times? Being mindful can actually help alleviate these feelings. You may have heard of the term “mindfulness” but may not understand what it means to be mindful. According to the American Psychological Association, mindfulness is “a moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment” and is considered a “state and not a trait” that can be practiced.
Being mindful is being aware of... Read More
February 8, 2017
Tips to Manage your Emotional Wellbeing Throughout the Semester
As the semester begins, it’s easy to get lost in the excitement of your new classes, reuniting with friends, and upcoming events in the community. With all this going on, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and frazzled, and may negatively affect your mental health.
According to mentalhealth.gov, some ways to maintain and improve mental wellness are to:
Be connected with others: Join a club or organization (all of which can... Read More
January 25, 2017
How I Spent 24 Hours Phone-Free
I started my 24-hour technology fast at 9:00pm on Monday night after I got home from my last class. I chose Tuesday because I have simulation lab every other week. Last week was an off week, which meant I didn’t have to spend all day and week preparing and stressing out about it. Monday night was pretty tough because I normally like to listen to Pandora in order to fall asleep. I ended up staying up late talking to my roommates. I didn’t miss my phone, but... Read More
January 19, 2017
7 Reasons Why Coloring Will Save Your Academic Success
An important part of mental health is staying relaxed. Taking a break from the stressful parts of life is necessary in order to keep yourself balanced. One great way to stay relaxed is to color! I find the repetitive motion to be therapeutic, and it helps me forget about my worries of the day.
Here seven reasons why you should bust out the Crayola crayons, colored pencils, or markers:
• Increased relaxation
• Expanded creativity
• Self-... Read More
January 6, 2017
Jot Down These Numbers if You or Someone You Know is Seeking Help.
No matter your age, there will always be major stressors to overcome. Each and every one of us can get overwhelmed—from school, work, or life itself. There are many resources to help reduce and cope with stress, but it is vital to know when to seek help.
Change Direction New Hampshire is the first statewide campaign to aid in the national initiative to change the culture of mental health in America. Their goal is to be able to... Read More