June 5, 2013
I’ve always loved stretching and meditating. I can attribute this practice to my mom, who teaches Hatha yoga. Growing up, stretching was a part of my daily life. If I were stressed, I would do some stretches and deep breathing to try to calm down. This practice has followed me to college and has helped me calm down many times when overwhelmed with academic and personal commitments. I usually have practiced on my own, but have recently started taking yoga classes downtown at Three Bridges Yoga... Read More
May 17, 2013
Anxiety is defined as apprehension to an upcoming event and as college students, we have plenty of reasons for having anxiety. Anxiety can stem from an upcoming test, ten page paper, an overflowing to do list or even just finding a parking spot in order to make it to class on time. Symptoms to look for in determining if you suffer from everyday anxiety are things like increased heart rate, lack of concentration in school and work, having issues sleeping or just not being your normal self. If... Read More
May 13, 2013
Whether we like it or not, technology has become a part of our everyday lives. We rely on it for quick information, social networking, job searching, school related assignments, and entertainment for when we are bored. But is being constantly connected to the technological world affecting student’s mental health? It is rare to find a college student that does not have a cell phone, laptop computer, email and Facebook account. A poll taken by The Jed Foundation found that 90% of college... Read More
May 8, 2013
With final exams just around the corner, most college students are starting to feel the wave of stress and anxiety wash over them. Having too much stress can be a bad thing, while having a little bit of stress can provide you with the motivation and determination to do well on your exams! So, how can you control your stress and keep it to a perfect level for exam taking?
Mind says the best ways to manage your stress for exams are, being organized and plan a timetable. To become organized, make... Read More
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