September 12, 2017
Could Your Stress Be Something Far Greater?
Anxiety is defined by the American Psychological Association as an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes such as increased blood pressure. Stress on the other hand, has these same characteristics aside from the fact that it is in a reaction to a particular circumstance or situation. Stress is a much more temporary state.
Anxiety can be categorized into different disorders such as generalized anxiety... Read More
August 14, 2017
Best Places to Clear your mind at UNH
We all know UNH is home to one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. With that comes along numerous beautiful hidden spots where you can clear your mind or blow off some steam as the semester comes to an end.
College Woods: This 250 acre wood located on the west side of campus is full of walking trails, open fields, and streams and is the perfect place to walk off some stress and enjoy the beautiful New Hampshire weather.
The Freedom Café: This... Read More
August 8, 2017
Why Do Animals Make Us Happier?
Do you have a dog? A cat? Or any pet? You may have noticed that being around your pet makes you feel happier. There are countless reasons that lead people to have therapy animals. According to the ADA, a service animal is an animal that is “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.” Many people only know of service dogs associated with eyesight but they can be used for so much more. But what makes dogs a good treatment?... Read More
July 28, 2017
Find Out More About How To Practice Mindfulness
To be mindful means to be conscious or aware of something. You might be conscious that you didn’t do well on a test yesterday, and are worried about the grade. You might be aware that you have a busy schedule today, and may not have time to get everything done. But, are you aware of right now? What are you doing?
Many of us get caught up in the past or the future without much time to think about the present and what is happening right now. If you... Read More
July 12, 2017
Discover How Just Being At The Beach Can Be Beneficial To Your Health
During the summer months, everyone loves going to the beach, especially living so close to the seacoast. The beach can be a very relaxing place, where you can ignore your responsibilities and enjoy the calming effects of the sun, sand, and water. Besides being a great place to enjoy yourself, a trip to the beach can have amazing health benefits.
1. The beach can immediately relieve stress
As mentioned, the calming effects of... Read More
July 7, 2017
This Is The Song Neuroscientists Believe Is The Most Relaxing.
Life can be very stressful sometimes. Whether you are worried about your next exam, the new deadline your boss gave you, or a family member being sick, you have a lot on your plate. While there are many techniques to lower your levels of stress, this tip might be the easiest.
Music can be the greatest help during times of stress. From listening to it, dancing to it, and even creating it, music can be very therapeutic and comforting... Read More
June 15, 2017
Learning To Love The Journey And Not Take Life So Seriously
The guns went off and now we’re running full steam ahead into summer, and pretty soon a new academic year - literally and figuratively. Sometimes we wish we could slow it down or hit “pause” on everything to catch our breath, but sometimes it feels impossible.
Let’s take a moment to remind ourselves that this life is OURS. It’s in OUR control to either live it or continue stumbling through it. It's a mental game for sure, and that’s... Read More
June 5, 2017
The Simplest Things Can Be The Greatest Stress Reducers
Writing down your thoughts, your ideas, and feelings can help your mental health in unexpected ways. Whether it’s about your good days or your bad days, writing about it can help make you feel better.
I recently went on a volunteer trip to Bali. Every few nights, I sat myself in front of beautiful scenery and started writing. I wrote about my excitement being there, my thoughts on the importance of traveling alone, and reflected on how... Read More
May 19, 2017
How Exercise Can Improve Mental Health
It's clear that exercise can help improve your physical health but did you know that exercise is actually one of the best ways to improve your mental health too? Running, dancing, swimming, walking, and even gardening is shown to enhance your mood and improve your overall mental wellbeing.
When you exercise your brain releases feel good neurochemicals called endorphins which act as natural pain killers and can "bring about feelings of euphoria and general... Read More
May 4, 2017
The Importance of Reading at all Ages and How it Contributes to Health.
As a child I remember my parents reading me children's books. Eventually, I'd heard the books and seen the illustrations so many times I could recite them by memory. I may not have been a child reading prodigy, but at this time, I was developing relationships with those who took the time to share stories with me, exercising my memory, and learning how to connect with experiences other than our own.
Elementary and middle... Read More