April 15, 2013
The end of the semester is approaching quickly and with that comes a mixture of excitement and dread. While everybody seems ready for the change of pace that summer brings, students don’t seem quite as excited about the end of the year projects, papers and exams looming in the distance. While these things are unavoidable, there are ways to prepare for finals while limiting stress levels.
I know it can be difficult to start studying or preparing a project ahead of time. For a long... Read More
February 18, 2013
It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine. Although this statement might be a bit of a stretch, laughter does have several proven health benefits. An article was released by helpguide.org explaining the health benefits of laughter. According to the article Laughter is the Best Medicine, laughing relaxes the body, boosts the immune system, triggers the release of endorphins and helps protect the heart. Even at the start of the semester, the obligations that come along with school or work... 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
September 21, 2012
After our first week of classes I think it is safe to say that some of us are overwhelmed by our class schedules, afraid of future homework and project loads and are already stressing for the exams that span our whole semester. Instead of making yourself crazy, engage in some of these stress reducing behaviors.
1. Get some Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's: College students are notorious for staying up all night "cramming" and then waking up for class four hours later. In order to function properly, it is best... Read More
September 14, 2012
Many people suffer through migraines all the time. Some can last for more than a couple days. That is a long time to be in constant pain! They can be caused by numerous factors that differ from person to person. For many, migraines can be caused by stress. A study was done by Dr. P. J. John in 2007 that showed yoga to be a great stress releaser which is what makes it great for preventing and relieving migraines caused by stress. Listed below are some poses that will help prevent migraines by... Read More
September 10, 2012
Many students only think about going to the Health Services when they are sick enough to miss class, myself included, but this year Health Services wants to really promote personal well-being. The other day, the Director of Education & Promotion, Kathleen Grace-Bishop, came to speak to a student group that I am involved in. She spoke about what Health Services has to offer, and I was completely blown away. She emphasized that they have recently hired two new massage therapists to keep up... Read More
May 4, 2012
I’m sure to many of you, even mentioning the word “finals” sends your body into a meltdown as you try and wrap your brain around the million and one things you still need to do this semester. It never feels like there are enough hours in the day during finals week and it can be one of the most stressful time of the year. Increased anxiety and stress levels are the result from lack of sleep, poor eating habits, decreased relaxation time and missed workouts. Well, Healthy UNH is giving you an... Read More
September 19, 2011
Everyone has felt that anxious feeling starting in the pit of our stomachs and ultimately convincing us that we simply do not have enough time. This reoccurring emotion has a name and it’s called stress. As defined by dictionary.com, stress is the pressure or tension exerted on a particular object. When your body becomes to feel stressed, it reacts by preparing either to “fight or flee” the situation. When this is activated, adrenaline and norepinephrine are released to focus attention on the... Read More