March 17, 2014
Most people are aware of the physical health risks associated with smoking tobacco, but research shows that smoking can also have significant effects on an individual’s mental health. Many people turn to tobacco for temporary stress relief, but recent findings prove that smoking has adverse long-term mental health effects. Nicotine only produces temporary feelings of pleasure. Once the feelings diminish, withdrawal symptoms rapidly set in. Anxiety, irritability, impatience and anger may develop... Read More
March 7, 2014
What’s better than enjoying a nice cup of tea to either jumpstart your day or wind down at night?
Your routine cup of tea not only gives you a boost of energy in the morning or helps you relax before falling asleep at night, but it can also be very beneficial for you health! Recent research from the Harvard School of Public Health has shown that tea is full of antioxidants and flavonoids that can be good for you health and help protect against disease!
Benefits one can receive from drinking tea... Read More
March 5, 2014
Yoga is a great way to get exercise, relieve some stress, and have fun! On campus you can participate in free yoga in the MUB and in the Hamel recreation center.
Yoga is an exercise that combines breathing and stretching. It is usually done in a quiet, dimly light room, and with an instructor leading the stretches or poses. Yoga is a great exercise for all ages because there are many forms with varying intensities. Some different types of yoga include:
Power Yoga- challenging yoga that focuses... Read More
February 28, 2014
As college students we are in a constant state of stress between assignment deadlines, grades, and finding jobs.Everyone reading this has likely had an interview before, so you can understand the anxiety that comes along with having to talk yourself up to a stranger.These are some tips that I use to help reduce the stresses of interviewing!
As soon as you learn that you have an interview write down the time, date, and location.Place this somewhere that you see everyday (like a wall calendar or... Read More
February 26, 2014
In college we are surrounded by nay-sayers. Each day passing people on campus I hear “I just know I’m going to fail”, “I will never be able to finish in time”, or “It’s hopeless”. I have found that in my life by focusing on the positive things and the things that are in my own control I am a happier person. Often times when schoolwork becomes completely overwhelming I like to take a step back and look at all the steps I need to do. Usually if I write down my assignments and due dates school... Read More
February 25, 2014
In honor of February being National Boost Your Self-Esteem Month, here are some quick and easy tricks to get an instant pick-me-up!
Smile: It’s natural, it’s easy, and it’s free! Smiling not only brings a positive light to others, but smiling can also be an instant mood changer! When we smile, we release endorphins and change the blood flow in our brains, which make us feel happier. Next time you need an instant self-esteem boost, try showing those pearly whites!
Compliment yourself: Although... Read More
February 24, 2014
Eating Concerns Awareness Week has arrived!
Put on every year by the Eating Concern Mentors at Health Services, this week is devoted to raising awareness about eating disorders. Almost everyone knows someone who has struggled with an eating disorder or body image issues. Eating disorders are the most common and most deadly forms of mental illness. It’s about so much more than just food and it also affects both men and women. The Eating Concern Mentors have a different theme each... Read More
February 20, 2014
Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), also known as the Winter Blues, is a pattern of seasonal depression usually starting in the fall months and ending in the spring time.Many people experience S.A.D. as there is less sunlight in the winter months and less time spent outdoors.Symptoms of S.A.D. include increased sadness, higher irritability, increased anxiety, increase in weight, lack of energy, and increased sleep.While everyone may feel a bit more sluggish in the colder months, S.A.D. can... Read More
February 12, 2014
Chocolate hearts and drug stores decked out in pink and red can only mean that Valentine’s Day is around the corner. While there is no shortage of romance, the holiday can produce more anxiety than bliss for some. There is constant pressure from the media to prove your love for someone through a single day of gifts and grand gestures. Couples often stress over what buy each other and those who do not have a partner are sometimes left feeling alone; hence the term “Single Awareness Day”. But,... Read More
January 22, 2014
Students can encounter all types of stress during their four years at college. Stress can come from all aspects of life, including your living situation. Having problems with your living situation can have a seriously negative effect on your mental health, and in turn your overall health. Although some things are out of your control, a way that you can try to avoid this kind of stress is to be a good roommate. Chances are, if you know how to be a good roommate, the person/people that you are... Read More