February 8, 2013
Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine's Day is coming, in only a few! Excuse my lame attempt at a poem, but whether you like it or not Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Some people are excited to take their significant others out for a special date and others are sitting in their room stewing over how this is the world's stupidest holiday. Whether you are pro-Valentine's Day or completely against it, there is no denying that it takes a toll on your mental health in some way.
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February 6, 2013
Do you want to connect with other UNH students and help discover your inner self? UNH created the empowering Be Fierce and Fabulous Women’s Group in 2007, and since then has successfully helped encourage and inspire over 100 individuals. College is a big transition in life, and can cause many mixed emotions for students. This motivational group serves the purpose of improving the confidence of young women and leads them on their way toward living a fulfilling life. Group participants will have... Read More
January 25, 2013
Being a student is almost a guarantee that at some point you are going to be stressed out and overwhelmed. When you have a horrible week and are up to your eyeballs in homework, exams and extracurricular activities, how do you make time for yourself? Some things I have done in the past to help get away are taking a nap, going for a run, taking a yoga class and even catching up on my favorite TV shows on Netflix. But one of my favorite things to do for myself is surrounding myself with my... Read More
January 11, 2013
Man’s best friend may be more important to your mental health than you might think. According to Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA,
"Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression.” Simply petting a dog or being in their presence has been shown to reduce tension and hypertension in some individuals.
Dogs have the ability to show unconditional love for their caregivers, which is a quality that is... Read More
December 21, 2012
Middle and high school are notorious for being difficult. Changing bodies and expectations have been the inspiration for many books, movies and TV shows. These tough times of life have been stereotyped and turned humorous. Bullying in middle school and high school has been considered normal- almost a rite of passage in modern America.
However, in recent decades, the truth about bullying has been pulled forward into our social viewpoints. Bullying is not funny, and it is not okay. It affects... Read More
December 19, 2012
Do people describe you as an over-achiever? Do you strive for perfection? Are your friends amazed by your organizational abilities and timeliness? These traits describe people with “Type A” personalities. People who exhibit type A personalities tend to be very well on top of things, but having this sort of personality actually raises your risk of cardiovascular (heart) disease later in life, as proven by research done a few years ago.
New research also shows that people with lots of stress in... Read More
November 13, 2012
Autumn can be a wonderfully relaxing time of the year, with the weather cooling off, and new festive activities becoming more and more abundant. Although for many college students, when the foliage starts to change, so does the pace of schoolwork. And fall is always a time for exams, which can be taxing on your mental health. It is also a time of increased risk of sickness as cold and flu season encroaches.
However, one great way to distress, unwind, and protect your mental health is to pick up... Read More
November 7, 2012
New Hampshire was extremely fortunate not to receive the full force of Hurricane Sandy; however, students here come from all over the country. If you happen to be from one of the hard hit areas, such as New Jersey or New York, do not hesitate to talk to a friend or a support system about it. Keeping one’s mental health as high as possible during a time of devastation can be very difficult, but reaching out to a friend or to family members back home can help your emotions stay elevated. Although... Read More
November 5, 2012
Now that we are officially a month into the semester, the first wave of exams has come and gone. Having more than one test in a week is tough, especially when it comes to managing your time. Getting a low or failing grade on a test is not the end of your college career, but it should be used as motivation to do better the next time around. As a student one can blame a bad exam grade on the teacher, any distractions, that one class you missed, or just overall bad timing. Little things in life... Read More
October 18, 2012
Ever feel like your moods are out of whack? According to Woman's Day magazine, there are certain foods you can eat to tame your wild moods. Being a college student means you get your fair, or unfair, share of stress. In order to combat this stress, studies show that eating just a small piece of dark chocolate a day helps to reduce stress hormones like Cortisol and Catecholamine from flaring up, which helps to decrease overall stress. I'm sure you've woken up early for your 8 AM feeling super... Read More