This week's Be Well: Mindful Yoga exercises focus on mindfulness of the breath. This introduction explains how mindful breathing helps us:
Here is the exercise. For downloadable MP3 files, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Social anxiety might easily be confused with shyness—however, social anxiety is an extreme fear of being judged or scrutinized by others in social or performance situations. The unique experience of college may result in increased feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, and shyness that may lead to social anxiety disorder. Being socially anxious during college can have adverse effects on academic performance—it may be difficult or impossible to give presentations in class, participate in discussions, or be engaged with clubs and activities on campus.
Here are some common signs of social anxiety:
For someone with social anxiety, their experience might look something like this:
If you believe that you may be dealing with social anxiety, contact the Student Counseling Center for information on treatment options. There are several ways to manage and alleviate social anxiety symptoms.
As part of the Be Well: Mindful Yoga program, we are able to provide audio files of the mindfulness and relaxation activities. These can be used to practice on your own at home. This week, we focus on taking a body inventory and body scan. These exercises are used to help us become aware of tension and stress in our body.
This is a more detailed description of the two exercises:
The next track includes the two exercises. For a downloadable MP3 version, please email email@example.com
Stress and anxiety are seemingly very similar, but the differences between the two are important. Stress is a natural response of the body. In small to moderate doses, stress can be motivating, though chronic can have adverse effects on the body. Stress comes and goes depending on daily events. Stress can be managed through changes in work, activity level, diet, and sleep.
Anxiety and anxiety disorders involve chronic, debilitating, and unprompted feelings of apprehension, nervousness, and fear. It is normal to experience some anxiety, such as before an examination or during a presentation. However, anxiety goes beyond the feeling of stress to a deeper sense of worry. It may continue beyond the initial event and spill over to other areas of life. When the worry and anxiety becomes overwhelming and interferes with daily living, there may be a problem that requires intervention. For example, you might be experiencing difficulty with anxiety if you worry so much before a test that you can’t study well, you worry while taking the test, and then you continue to worry afterwards that it distracts you from other work.
We’ll be talking about more specific types of anxiety throughout April. If you have concerns about anxiety, you can contact the Student Counseling Center for help and more information.
When you have a concern about a student, you may need to talk to the student one-on-one before you refer them for other services. Or, students may come to talk to you about difficulties and seek help. This could seem overwhelming, but we have some easy tips for the best way to talk and help students.
When talking with a student:
If the student…
If you still have concerns about the student, you can contact the Student Support Team here.
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally”
Often, we find ourselves thinking about the past or the future. Mindfulness is a self-awareness practice that emphasizes being aware of the present moment, without making judgments about what you notice. Research has shown that mindfulness can help people cope more effectively with stress, depression, anxiety, and health problems. Though we can all pay attention to the present moment for a short while, mindfulness is a specific skill that can be developed. Here are four simple ways you can bring mindfulness into activities of everyday life:
If you would like to learn more about mindfulness, join us for Be Well: Mindful Yoga this spring. Details below!
The suicide rate among young adults ages 15-24 has triple since the 1950s, with 1 in 12 college students making a suicide plan at some point. It can be difficult to talk about suicide, but knowing common warning signs can help prevent suicide. Here are some of the most common signs of suicide among college students:
If you notice any of these signs in a friend, let an RA or faculty member know. In King County, there is a 24-hour Crisis Line available at (206) 461-3222 or you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.
Do Yoga | Learn Mindfulness | Be Well
MOYER 3.0 LOUNGE
Be Well is a 4-week series of yoga classes that integrate mindfulness meditation. Each week, students will be led in a yoga class followed by a mindfulness practice. Students will also be provided with information about stress management and resources to develop a mindfulness meditation practice. Sign up at imleagues.com/spu, and bring your own yoga mat.
Session 1: April 7, 14, 21, & 28
Session 2: May 5, 12, 19, & 26
For further information please contact Karly Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finals week can be one of the most stressful times of the semester. Eating, exercise, and sleep all have an impact on how we function-this is especially important during finals week. We want to make sure that you can keep yourself going.
It’s essential to maintain balance and cover all areas of self-care: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, personal, and professional. This wheel is not an exhaustive list of way to self-care; there are many more options that are right for you.
Why is self-care so important? In addition to breaking the cycle of stress, self-care helps us increase our positive feelings towards others and ourselves. It improves our confidence and self-esteem. Interpersonally, it helps us to establish boundaries with other people and keeps relationships healthier.
We hope you have a good finals week and a great spring break!
We’ve talked about what people think depression is or what having depression means, but what’s the real truth? This video talks about the actual symptoms of depression and how you can start to overcome them, or continue reading below:
What is depression? People experience depression symptoms differently, but for all individuals, depression affects day-to-day functioning. Depression also affects emotions, behaviors, and how you think.
Signs of depression include:
If you think you might be depressed, you can contact the SPU Counseling Center for more information on treating depression or see your primary care physician. Even though it may seem difficult, it’s important to get help as soon as possible.