May 6, 2020
Feel-Good Foods To Reduce Stress
We all seem to be stressed more often than not these days. You may have a fool proof way of dealing with it, or you may be struggling to find a good coping mechanism. Many of us, myself included, will sometimes eat our feelings away, which may help in the moment but we may regret that pint of Ben & Jerry’s a couple hours later. However, there are foods that can make you feel good and can still reduce your stress.
Lavender, mint, chamomile, or lemongrass -... Read More
May 4, 2020
Turning Emotions Into Art
Are you feeling some stress and anxiety, but you're not into meditation? Try some art therapy! According to the American Art Therapy Association, “art therapy is a specialized area of mental health that uses art materials and the creative process to explore emotions, reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem, and resolve other psychological conflicts.” There are many other benefits to art therapy as well. It can work to reduce some symptoms of depression, and increase our... Read More
April 30, 2020
Simple Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk
Are you tired of sitting through Zoom classes and staring at your computer all day? I know I am! The beauty of virtual classes is that you often have the flexibility to move around that you don’t always get in a traditional lecture setting. Next online lecture or meeting you have, try out some of these ways to stay active!
Do squats, push-ups, or jumping jacks. Turn off your camera and aim to do 5 squats or push-ups or 15 jumping jacks every 10 minutes... Read More
April 28, 2020
Make This Recipe Using Only Pantry Staples!
If you have been to the grocery store at all during COVID-19, you have seen empty shelves, sold out produce, and zero toilet paper. This can be alarming at first if you think you don’t have enough to make a proper meal, but do not worry! Here is an easy prep-ahead meal that you can make enough of to last you a week – and it’s all from stuff in your dry pantry.
Spicy three-bean pantry chili is an easy, delicious and healthy meal to make for your... Read More
April 27, 2020
Limiting Screen Time These Days
Now that we are limited in what we can do and where we can go in this uncertainty, it's easy for us to turn to our screens to pass the time. Although scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram may seem like a decent way to kill a few hours, it can actually be taking a toll on our mental health. Though it is a great way to stay connected with others and see a few funny memes, it is easy to get sucked into the negativity and hate that is being shared right... Read More
April 23, 2020
UNH Health and Wellness Daily Recharge
Did you know that UNH Health and Wellness still has its Daily Recharge series? They are still held Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. Just like at school, you can join Health and Wellness staff in meditation, napercize, and other activities to pause, unwind, and recharge.
This week, I participated in napercize with Dawn Zitney, one of the Mental Health Counselors/Educators. I was a little apprehensive at first, because I was not sure that these... Read More
April 22, 2020
Feel-Good Stories From Around The Globe
If you turn on your TV, search the internet, or open any social media – chances are you are interrupted with many negative news stories that are only highlighting the bad things going on in the world. Yes, it is important to be informed of all the consequences arising from COVID-19, but it is also very detrimental to our mental health and well-being if that is all we are hearing. Though it may be hard to find the silver-lining in the world's current... Read More
April 20, 2020
An Unexpected Ending
If you told me four years ago that I would be finishing my college career in my living room, I would have said that’s ridiculous. But here I am, one month before I finish my senior year, having a Zoom call with my advisor about graduate school from my couch.
Now that the shock of doing school online is over, the drudgery of virtual classes is in full swing. It is so easy to be emotional about the lack of closure, leaving my friends, and the sudden adjustment to remote... Read More
April 16, 2020
Keeping Yourself Busy At Home
Now that it has been several weeks into quarantine, the excitement of working from home and having more free time has worn off. I know it certainly has for me. Thankfully, the weather is getting nicer, so there are plenty of ways to entertain yourself, both inside and out.
Try a new workout. Since all the gyms are closed, why not experiment with your exercise routine? There are plenty of at-home workouts available online, and many gyms are releasing virtual... Read More
April 14, 2020
How To Practice Sustainability During COVID-19
During this time, uncertainty and fear are the new norms and many of our regular practices have been upended. Many states, New Hampshire included, are banning reusable bags and closing farmer’s markets. For some, these are their major ways to contribute to sustainability and environmentalism efforts. Never fear, there are plenty of ways to be Earth friendly and stay safe!
Pick up litter. With the weather getting nicer and social distancing in full... Read More