May Days Focusing on Mental Health and Stress Management

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:

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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

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Staying Healthy in College

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:edstat.jpg

Unlike many trends and fad diets will lead you to believe, a healthy diet is well rounded in all of the Macro nutrients.  In fact, the key to a healthy weight and even lasting weight loss is a diet balanced in macronutrients.  Lacie Glover gives 6 great reasons to eat healthy in her article here: https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/health/medical-costs/benefits-of-eating-healthy/

foodOf 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!

(Here’s a great article on Dr. Dave Grossman’s work which is super interesting, especially for our large veteran population: https://www.stripes.com/seeking-better-sleep-1.133924#.WL5PHPnytPY ) Continue reading

Women’s Fitness: A mini guide for CSUSM women to stay fit!

Today is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. As CSUSM students, we are all familiar with the amount of stair climbing it takes to get from point A to point B. Those stairs seem never-ending with a heavy backpack filled with textbooks, binders, and even laptop at times! Let’s not dread those stairs, but instead see it as a chance to be active and be reminded to be motivated to overcome any obstacle that comes in our path. fitness

Have an hour break or falling asleep while studying in the library? Try packing a workout outfit and some tennis shoes and showing those stairs who’s the boss! The stairs will get that heart pumping, sweat dripping, and blood flowing. The blood flow can help wake you up during that afternoon crash and keep your mind fresh for all the information you will be learning during class.

You might be asking, “well, what are some fun stair work outs I can do?” There are actually a ton of work outs you can do with stairs. Here are some videos I found that looked like you would enjoy:

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Men’s Health: Why is it Such a Secret?

What does the word health mean to you? To many it means being healthy sexually, emotionally, physically etc., but to some that word has no affect to them. As college students, many individuals go through many troubling issues and they are being challenged to remove themselves from their own comfort zone.

Many students have to work two jobs while taking on a full load of classes. Some students are dealing with relationship problems and social problems. All these issues can lead to health problems and it’s important to understand what your body is going through and how to get help when it is needed.

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We all know men do not like to talk about their own issues to others. That’s a generalized statement, but it may be true. Many do not like to show their weaknesses or they try to prove that they can do whatever they want without having to get help. According to an article published by Mary Brophy Marcus, only a whopping 7% of men talk about their health issues with others (CBS 2016). That can become a problem, especially for those that attend college and deal with many health issues that arise.

Why do men not talk about their health issues as much as women do? Why is this a problem? Men are taught to act tough at such a young age, to be brave, to not have emotions because it would consider them to be less manly or “feminine.” It may be a problem because if one does not share or act fast on any health issue, it could become worse or it could be too late.   Continue reading

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

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We were given life to live-no matter how you believe you were born or where you come from or where you will go after your time is up, we are meant to live. There are misfortunate events that occur every day, one of the worst and serious action known as suicide.

As a college student only at the age of 20, I have unfortunately seen my fair share of the planning of a suicide or suicidal ideations, suicide attempts and unfortunately those that have lost the battle against their mental illnesses and succumb to the act of suicide.

6 people. I have been in the same room with 6 different people that have tried to take their own life. These ranged from my loved ones, friends, family, and honestly complete strangers. Sometimes I had happened to be in the right place at the right time. I do say right place and right time because all six of those people are living today. Continue reading

NO More! Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

NO_MORE_INLINE_TAG_RGBThe month of October holds a lot of meaning to it. Not only is it Breast Cancer awareness month, but it is also Domestic Violence Awareness. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence also known as the NCADV set the month of October as Domestic Violence awareness month.

Domestic violence is defined as battering, meaning that there is a behavioral pattern in which an individual tries to strike fear or intimidation in another, usually through violence, to establish power or control. This does not just occur between intimate partner relationships, but between family members as well.

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RAINN Day – It’s On US!

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) Day is a day of action to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses. 1 out of 6 women and 1 out of 33 men are survivors of sexual assault.

On Thursday, September 25th we will be empowering students to educate their peers about risk reduction and recovery resources on campus. Join the fight against sexual violence.

You can participate in the following ways:itsonusSign an online Pledge on the It’s On US website : http://itsonus.org/#pledge_open

Sign your name on the Umbrellas to identify that non-consensual sex is sexual assault

Handprint activity for showing that we don’t use our hands to hurt others

Participants will receive a cool Bracelet or keychain for participating.

Hashtag #cougarsRESPECT.

If you need help, call 1-800-656-HOPE.