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 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 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 10, 2020
Social Distancing Does Not Mean Social Isolation!
Just because we all have to stay 6 feet apart does not mean we have to socially isolate ourselves from our family and friends. Here are some ideas to stay connected with your friends, families, and others!
Video call your friends. Zoom happy hours and other themed parties are more and more popular, but a regular call will be just as fun.
Call your family. Nothing like a good, classic phone call to catch up with loved ones.
Write a letter to... Read More
April 2, 2020
Good Things Are Still Happening
The Coronavirus is affecting the entire world right now. Restaurants are closed, friends and family cannot get together, and everyday life feels so far from normal.
It can be hard to maintain a positive attitude during stressful situations. It's okay to be feeling however you are feeling, but one way to improve your mood is exposing yourself to uplifting moments of kindness or laughter. Things like this are happening all over the world:
In Barcelona, every night... Read More
April 1, 2020
How To Peacefully Coexist With Your Family
Now that we are all cooped up in our homes together, it can get pretty crowded pretty fast. This is the first time my entire family of six has lived together long-term in quite a while. We have all had to adapt and figure out how to coexist peacefully together. Being a full-time college student, I have multiple Zoom classes each day and have to find a quiet spot in my house to attend. Many of my family members need to do the same. As you can imagine,... Read More
March 9, 2020
Taking A Technology Break
Social media has taken over almost everyone’s lives. It is so easy to aimlessly scroll through Instagram at the gym, while watching TV, or eating breakfast. While it may seem to be satisfying and pleasurable, too much social media exposure can actually hurt our mental health. It may be isolating, and result in us comparing ourselves to other individuals. It can be tiring to look at other people’s lives every day, and you may end up spending less time focusing on... Read More
February 25, 2020
We can all get caught in that rut of negativity, maybe thinking we are not good enough or we should try harder. Our thoughts can dictate how our whole day goes. For example, if I wake up in a negative mindset, chances are, the rest of my day will be bad. Here are three ways to change your thoughts to increase your happiness and overall well-being:
Start the day off with a mantra. Just the simple act of repeating a positive affirmation to yourself can reduce your stress,... Read More