March 5, 2021
How One Small Change Made a Big Impact
It has been a while since I addressed chronic stress in my blogs. Since I have started at Healthy UNH, I have written blogs about managing stress during the pandemic, how stress can impact our physical health, and have even written about fun and relaxing techniques to reduce stress.
Now as we are coming up on the one year anniversary of the pandemic, I have been thinking about this “anniversary” the last few days. I have been reflecting on how I have... Read More
February 21, 2021
Prioritizing Your Wellness this Semester
Welcome back, Wildcats! We have officially made it through the longest winter break ever (literally)! As we are now in the spring semester it might be easier for some people than the fall semester. We get an extra few minutes of daylight and we have nicer weather almost every day. For those who may have just started at UNH last fall, you all have the opportunity to take on a semester feeling more established as a wildcat. And before you know it, we will... Read More
February 16, 2021
Starting the Semester Well Rested
As the spring semester is now among us, it is time to get back into the routine of things. Going from this long and cozy winter break to classes starting again always seems to be a rough transition on our sleep schedules. Between balancing new schedules and more responsibilities the shortened daylight doesn’t help either. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night is the current recommendation, but ensuring that these 7-9 hours are high quality is even more... Read More
February 9, 2021
Recognizing the Signs and Overcoming Burnout
As we are coming up on the one year mark of the pandemic, many are seriously feeling the emotional burnout. We are starting to let our guards down which is contributing to the spike in cases all across the country. There are even new restrictions and some shutdowns in certain areas too which only takes further toll on our emotional wellbeing. The burnout is real, but there are ways that we can take action.
If you think you may be experiencing... Read More
February 1, 2021
How to Reach Your Goals
Even though we are only three weeks into the New Year, this may be the time that you are starting to think of ditching your resolution and waiting to pick it up again in 2022. This cycle seems to happen every year as well. We pick something about ourselves that we want to change, give ourselves no direction in how to go about making that change, and then we feel guilty about not doing it and we give up. It is a constant cycle that leaves us feeling down about ourselves... Read More
January 13, 2021
The Power of Journaling
During my sophomore year here at UNH, I took a class for a major requirement called, “Stressed Out: The Science and Nature of Human Stress”. Besides learning about the actual chemistry and physiology of stress responses in the human body, we spent a lot of time learning about different stress management exercises and had time to discuss and reflect on those experiences. Of course we covered the basics; yoga, deep breathing, etc. But one day we did a journaling exercise... Read More
December 15, 2020
Trying to Be Kind to Ourselves While Also Doing Our Best
Many of us have been home since November 20th, many of us are not going home. No matter where you are right now, we are all experiencing finals week. Self-care is something each and every one of us can do right now.
Selfcare isn’t only facials and taking baths. It is mindful minutes, journaling, taking a walk outside, and more.
Here are some self-care ideas you can do every day to reduce stress during finals week:
One minute... Read More
December 15, 2020
Questioning the Culture of the Hustle
Whether you are in college, are working a full time job, part time job, are a full time caretaker, or are something in between; finding the work:life balance is something that you may struggle with or have struggled with in the past. Since the start of the pandemic in March, finding this balance has not become any easier. The places that we work, live, and play have all become one and it is now probably difficult to draw the lines between the three when it... Read More
December 1, 2020
What is the difference?
Anorexia nervosa has recently been revealed to be the mental illness with the highest rate of mortality. Yet, it seems like we don’t see any of this being covered in the media. Anorexia nervosa is one of three types of eating disorders. All eating disorders have a specific and diagnosable definition; in general, eating disorder is defined in the DSM-5 as “any range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits”. The DSM-5 is put out by... Read More
November 27, 2020
Shifting Your Mindset to Embrace Change
Although it has seemed like we have woken up to a new world every single day since March, there is no denying that the upcoming holiday season is going to be difficult for a lot of people. Almost all of us have experienced some form of loss at some point in the past 8 months. Some have been more fortunate than others, but this doesn’t make light of the different degrees of pain that people have been experiencing. On top of the pandemic, and the... Read More