The transition to college is exciting. You’ll have great opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom. We can help you get off on the right foot and keep your wellness wheel balanced. We offer wellness education/counseling for stress management, relationships, substance use, chronic illness, nutrition, and more. Health & Wellness has yoga, meditation, massage, and more, all designed to help you build the skills you need to be well.
Use the Summer to Build Your Wellness Mindset
Your Wildcat story began the day you applied to UNH. Remember the emotions you felt waiting for your acceptance letter? First lesson of being a Wildcat, STRESS IS A NATURAL aspect of college (and life), and it usually passes.
Your Wildcat story continues at June orientation as you familiarize yourself with the campus, your peers and academic expectations. We could guess you felt a lot of different emotions at orientation, right? It's totally okay to feel all the feels because COMING TO COLLEGE IS A BIG TRANSITION.
By the time you graduate your Wildcat story will be a book with many chapters on your SUCCESSES and CHALLENGES, both personally and academically.
Having a WELLNESS MINDSET will help you navigate your journey through college. A wellness mindset is based on the belief that taking care of all areas of your wellness will enhance your experience at UNH so that you feel proud of your achievements and learn from your struggles.
Students who hold a wellness mindset are more motivated and confident to face college with SELF-AWARENESS, EFFORT, PERSISTENCE and SELF-CARE.
10 Ways to Start Building Your Wellness Mindset
Goals take time and effort to turn into habits. Use this summer to try out some wellness habits that will help you succeed academically and personally at UNH. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Start dispelling the myth of the college all-nighter. You can sleep your way to good grades. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night helps your brain and body rebuild and reset so that you have energy to be fully present in class, concentrate and retain and consolidate information. This summer, start practicing getting 7-8 hours of sleep, 7 days a week.
- Embrace the awkward. You will have many awkward moments at UNH. Instead of beating yourself up for getting lost on campus or not knowing what to say to the person next to you, remember that it’s all okay and no one is perfect. Start noticing when you feel awkward by paying attention to the situation, your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. Self-awareness opens the door to be a little bit more kind to yourself.
- Treat yourself like you would a friend. You deserve kindness and you don’t have to wait for someone else to give it to you. Think about how you treat someone you care about, do you treat yourself with the same kindness and care? Start checking-in with yourself by asking “How am I doing? What do I need?”
- Notice you’re breathing. Our brains are like monkeys, jumping around from thought to thought. Usually, this isn’t really helpful and can lead us to worry or overthink. To help your monkey brain find some calm, pause occasionally to take slow deep breaths and notice how your body feels as your breath moves in and out of your body.
- Get moving. Body movement is one of the best ways to refuel your body with energy. Start moving your body daily, it doesn’t matter what you do, just move. Added bonus, nature has been found to be a natural stress reliever so take your movement outdoors to get your good stress hormones flowing.
- Plan to be social. Making new friends takes effort, courage and persistence. Visit WildcatLink to start looking at all the student organizations and way to get involved at UNH. Make a list of clubs that you are curious about and then make a plan to visit their tables at Uday.
- Be okay with not being okay. You may find that you are feeling all kinds of emotions this summer as you start to think and plan your transition to UNH. Remind yourself that it’s okay to be nervous, excited, anxious, curious. All the feelings you experience are okay, even when they are uncomfortable to experience.
- Practice gratitude. Thinking what you are grateful for can increase your sense of well-being and happiness. At the end of each day, start your gratitude habit by thinking about what you are grateful for.
- Nourish your body. Food is fuel that you need to get through the day with energy and cognitive clarity. Notice how your body feels when you nourish it with a variety of whole foods. Oh, and by the way, the Freshman 15 is a myth that isn’t supported by good research.
- Think about the choice to drink or not to drink. Okay, let’s get real. Alcohol is a thing in college. There are students who party and there are students who choose not to drink. Think about how you want your college experience to be and how alcohol may or may not fit into your overall goals.
Being sick away from home doesn’t need to be stressful - especially if you're prepared. When you’re packing for the fall, be sure to:
- Pack a health kit (add our phone number so you can reach out easily: 603-862-9355)
- Follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Check out our blog on UNH Tales
You are allowed to keep prescription and over-the-counter medications in your on-campus housing. If you have medication that has psychotropic effects or requires the use of needles for administration, we encourage you to keep these safeguarded from theft in a hidden lock box. You can purchase over-the-counter medications and get prescription medications filled at the pharmacy.
Are you living with a chronic illness? Meet with our health resource nurse to find out how Health & Wellness works with specialists and primary care providers to coordinate services and provide care such as monitoring health/illness, lab work, etc. You’ll also learn about additional UNH resources, peer support, what to do when you’re sick, and more.