The Importance of Sleep

Sleep is an essential part of life. As humans, we typically spend up to one-third of our lives asleep. On average, the National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours per night for adults.   Although researchers are still learning about why we need sleep, we already know a lot about how and why we sleep. Watch the ... [Read more...]

Stress and Wellness

As students, we experience stress from many different sources: New independence Classes and exams Social obligations Roommate negotiations Financial commitments Family turmoil Not all stress is bad; in fact, some stress can keep you out of the way of danger or even help you express your talents and perform well. Chronic stress, or stress that ... [Read more...]

Be Well: Mindful Yoga

The Wellness Initiative is offering a free series of yoga and mindfulness classes to undergraduate students this quarter! Wednesdays | 6:30am - 8:00am | Hill Hall Lounge Thursdays | 7:30pm - 9:00pm | FFMC Gym Be Well is an 8-week series of yoga classes that integrate mindfulness meditation. Each week, students will learn about mindfulness, ... [Read more...]

Mind-Body Connection

The idea of the connection between the mind and the body is far from new. This idea goes all the way back to Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, and is also still prominent in Eastern medicine traditions. The mind-body connection refers to how your mind affects your body and how your body affects your ... [Read more...]

The Types of Wellness

Balancing all of the different aspects of your life and your wellness can be difficult. Many of us tend to prioritize certain things in our lives and neglect others. For example, students can tend to prioritize their schoolwork, and put exercise, socializing, and emotional needs on the back burner. What areas of your life do ... [Read more...]

Welcome back to Wellness!

A new school year means new classes, new friends, new housing, new opportunities, and new challenges. It can be difficult to balance all of these new opportunities and stay healthy. The Wellness Initiative is here to help. This blog will provide weekly posts on various wellness topics to help you stay well, cope with challenges, ... [Read more...]

Heading Home for Summer

As the Spring quarter ends, many students will be moving away from campus and back home. For some people, this change can be bumpy or confusing- dealing with your parents full time after months away, reuniting with friends who have had their own experiences, and different responsibilities. It may feel like an awkward in between ... [Read more...]

World Eating Disorders Action Day

Eating disorders, disordered eating, and issues with body image are complicated problems that do not develop over night. There are many misconceptions about how these problems do develop, but knowledge about risk factors can help with prevention and intervention. Risk factors can be classified by type: biological, psychological, social, and interpersonal. Biological. Research has suggested ... [Read more...]