“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha
February is the month of the year where every store you walk into has heart shaped chocolates and balloons, teddy bears, flowers, cards filled with affectionate messages and the color of red and pink are in style. It is the month where couples post pictures of their memories and write captions explaining their appreciation and love for their significant other. It is the month where love is spread to everyone else but ourselves.
Being able to spread love to those surrounded by you is wonderful, but self-love can be just as amazing. Self-love is the regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. It is easier said then done. We live in a society where we are constantly competing for love whether that be on reality dating television show such as The Bachelor/Bachelorette, dating websites and apps such as Tinder, or even within our circle of friends and family. Continue reading →
It is very easy to be discouraged after dealing with a challenging situation or even being defeated. But remember, we are the only one who has the power and responsibility to pick ourselves up. Although, a little helping hand wouldn’t hurt. That’s why CSUSM is here for you! Check out what we have on campus that can help you:
We all go through some of life’s toughest challenges and sometimes it feels as if we won’t be able to get through them. Yet, we must have the resilience to power through the difficulties and end up being stronger than before! These challenges may leave us down in the darkest of places, but fortunately, there are various ways of encouraging yourself to come out of the dark and to be victorious.
September is Suicide Prevention month. Suicide can be a heavy topic to discuss, but it is something that needs to be talked about. Around 1,100 college students commit suicide each year. That’s a pretty alarming amount. In an effort to bring more awareness to the emotional impact of suicide, the Student Health and Counseling Services, H.O.P.E. and Wellness Center in collaboration with ASI, Gender Equity Center, Pride Center, and Campus Activities Board, along with USU Live! will be hosting a concert on September 21, with a special performance by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus at 7pm in the USU Amphitheater. A pre-show event begins at 6pm in USU Ballroom C with guest speaker, Joyce Bruggeman, from San Diego Survivors of Suicide Loss.
Suicide not only ends an important life, but it largely impacts the lives surrounding the individual who commits suicide. The complex part of suicide is knowing the warning signs of someone you may know and how to approach them. It’s really a touchy subject, because questions in your mind could surface such as “If I ask him or her directly, won’t that make one want to commit suicide, putting the idea in his or her mind?” The answer is “No”.
By attending these events, you can be better equipped at knowing what to do, in case you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal ideation.
With the school year winding down, many of us are stressed on a wide range of topics. Finals, graduation, job prospect, moving, relationships, and our over- all well-being. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This article provides tools for stress management along with mental health promotion and SHCS activities that you can participate in that can help.
Keep Your Balance and Stress in Check
We all try to balance everything at once and in equal proportions. Well, that isn’t necessary; in fact, balance is a constant process of distribution of what matters. Some areas will need more attention then other, the keys is to be sure to take steps with each area and not try to do it all at once, get overwhelmed and crawl into a dark hole somewhere to shut out the world.
Here are some tips for balancing and reducing stress:
National Prevention Week 2017 is themed “Making Each Day Count”. Realizing the importance of seeking and helping others in our campus community to live healthy and productive lives by raising awareness of substance abuse and promoting positive mental health (SAMHSA.GOV). Continue reading →
Every 98 seconds, an individual is sexually assaulted in the United States. One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. And in case these statistics weren’t alarming enough, just know that more than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault, making sexual violence the most prevalent crime to occur in college compared to other crimes.
Sexual violence refers to sexual activity where consent is not obtained or freely given. It ultimately results in the repercussions of psychological, emotional and physical effects on a survivor. No one is protected or exempt from experiencing sexual violence. It is a type of violence that does not discriminate because it could happen to anyone. Nevertheless, it is a widespread problem that needs to be stopped. Remaining silent is not an option because everyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability should feel safe from any and all sexual violence.
With that being said, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! It’s time to shatter the silence surrounding the stigma connected to rape culture and strive for a campus and community free of sexual violence. As a strong collective, we can create the opportunity to build a positive community of support. Continue reading →
Staying healthy in college can be difficult. Last month the Hope & Wellness Center lead efforts to raise awareness on campus regarding eating disorders as part Nation Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Here are some thought provoking stats on that:
Of course, we’ve all heard or been lectured on a nutritious diet. With the many campus activities held each month, there is even a lot of opportunities to have great meals for free on campus! But what are other ways we, as students, can stay healthy?
Get enough sleep:
Dave Grossman, a Psychologist and Author, talks extensively about sleep and how our bodies need it and what happens when we don’t get enough. Students often miss out on a lot of sleep. Between extra curricular activities, hanging with friends, studying for that exam… or not being able to sleep out of anxious for that exam. For a long time many believed that once missed, sleep could not be made up for. Turns out, according to Dr. Grossman, that sleep does indeed have a “bank” that we can add into. So don’t feel guilty for that nap you’re about to take in between classes! In fact, according to our own Dr. Calvillo, sleep helps solidify what you just learned, transitioning it all into long-term memory!
Good Stress versus Bad Stress. Yes, there IS such a thing as a bit of good stress. You know the type that motivates you to go the extra mile, push yourself a bit harder and that anxious butterfly feeling in your stomach on a first date. Those are okay for you and your body. And lets face it; we can’t avoid stress even if we tried. So lets look at ways we can help alleviate the added anxiety and stress you may be feeling right about now over your upcoming midterms.
DESTRESS is better that DISTRESS
D = Diet and Nutrition – eat a well balanced diet
E = Exercise- get outside and go for a hike or walk, hit the gym for yoga or a class
S = Sleep- make sure you are getting enough of it
T = Time Management- procrastination can add stress -manage time wisely
R = Relax – a great relaxation technique is practicing mindfulness and breath work
E = Express Gratitude – boosts feelings of joy and happiness
S = Social Connections – stay connected to others – isolation can increase worry
“Carolyn Proskow, Summa Cum Laude,” announced Dr. Eliza Bingham at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony for the College of Education, Health, & Human Services. For many of the students present that evening, hearing their name announced and walking across the stage was confirmation that despite every challenge that posed a threat to their academic achievement, they had made it…. in that moment, they knew that _______ was no match for their determination to succeed. For some, this “blank” was late-night cramming sessions in Kellogg Library during finals week. For others, this “blank” was having to balance a full-time job with a full-time class schedule. For me, this “blank” was my eating disorder. My eating disorder was no match for my determination to succeed, and indeed, that was something to celebrate on commencement day. Continue reading →