Holidays and Anxiety

Many of us look forward to winter break and the holidays. Maybe we get to spend time with family or friends – or we simply enjoy the relief of no deadlines and less work. For some of us though, the holidays can be anxiety-provoking. Anxiety during the holidays can vary – it can look like ... [Read more...]

Faculty Spotlight: Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the primary reasons undergraduates visit college counseling centers. In 2017, the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors reported that 51% of students receiving services from college counseling center reported having anxiety.1 While other mental health problems, such as depression and substance use, have been the focus of targeted interventions ... [Read more...]

GIVE Skill

The FAST skill from last week focused on helping you make sure you’re maintaining our self-respect and sticking to your values. This week, the last interpersonal effectiveness skill, the GIVE skill, prioritizes maintaining and valuing the relationship you have with the other person. This can be especially helpful during the holidays when you’re still managing ... [Read more...]

FAST Skill

While using the DEARMAN skill from last week can help you get what you want, it’s also important to maintain your values and prioritize your self-respect. The FAST skill does exactly this, however, it’s important to know what you value going in to using the FAST skill. Check in with yourself to make sure you ... [Read more...]

DEARMAN Skill

Interpersonal effectiveness skills can give you the tools you need to communicate better with others. While there are several skills that prioritize different objectives, one of these skills, DEARMAN, focuses on helping you get what you want from an interaction. The DEARMAN skill can be used for a variety of situations, from simple problems, like ... [Read more...]

Mindfulness Exercises

Mindfulness has all sorts of benefits, including decreased stress and anxiety and increased attention and focus and feelings of connectedness. This month we focused on the skills of mindfulness – the WHAT skills of observe, describe, and participate, and the HOW skills of one-mindfully, nonjudgmentally, and effectively. We also covered the middle path of Wise ... [Read more...]

Faculty Spotlight: Mindfulness

Mindfulness has gained popularity in recent years.  Mindfulness, the skill of non-judgmentally paying attention, has been shown to be beneficial for both emotional and physical health among undergraduate populations.1,2 While it is generally well-known that mindfulness is effective in reducing stress, specifically for undergraduates, mindfulness may be useful in decreasing alcohol problems. Additionally, individualizing mindfulness ... [Read more...]

Wise Mind

Wise mind is the balance of emotion and reason. The emotion mind can be characterized by urges, desires, and strong feelings. In contrast, the rational mind can be thought of as the part of you that focuses on logical answers, problem-solving, and planning. As you can imagine, these two mindsets can be conflicting. Often, we ... [Read more...]