Mental Health Mondays: Celebrate Your Finals!

You have done it! You made it through a semester filled with projects, deadlines, oral presentations, tests--all in the middle of a pandemic. Conquer your finals with confidence: Study early in a distraction-limited space. Stuck at home with lots of other people? Talk to your family about scheduling interruption-free study time. Choose a study space that works for you.  Schedule breaks. Your mind and anxiety levels will thank you! Get enough sleep. It's the advice your mom always gave and it's still true. Celebrate after you finish your finals. Maybe that means making cookies, Skyping…continue reading →

Mental Health Mondays: Poetry & Stress

William Wordsworth, a famous English poet from the Romantic era, defined poetry as "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility." Is it any wonder that people have turned to poetry to help them process their emotions? Writing your thoughts can be a great catharsis to stress. Poets through the ages have fueled their emotions into creative efforts. Writer's Digest lists 8 benefits of writing poetry: Poetry is good for developmental learning Poetry is good for developing skills Poetry helps improve ideas Poetry is therapeutic for…continue reading →

Mental Health Mondays: Managing Anxiety

Disclaimer: The information presented is meant for instructional purposes only and is not intended to be used to provide a diagnosis or treatment. Only a medical professional can do that. If you or someone you know feels that they are a danger to others or themselves, please call 911 or go to the hospital immediately.   We live in stressful times, now more than ever. Every day, we deal with work, school, and family and friends. Now, we’ve added a pandemic to the mix. If we were stressed before then we’re super stressed…continue reading →

Mental Health Mondays: Granted

In the words of someone I respect a great deal, “I'm just trying to focus on the fact that much of our world is the same world we had two weeks ago. It's just how we have to interact with it that's changed the most.”  I think it is easy to say, for myself at the very least, that communication has changed drastically over the past few weeks. Where a few weeks ago, we could congregate in restaurants, theaters, and shopping malls, we now have to stay at home most of the time. The…continue reading →

Mental Health Monday: Free Resources for Mental Wellness

How are your coping mechanisms doing with all of this added pressure? I imagine they are stretched pretty thin.  I’ve seen many articles trying to pinpoint what the most terrifying part of this pandemic is: the isolation, the uncertainty, the shortages, the misinformation, the helplessness, the dramatic responses from employers and others in power.  The best thing I can do now to quell my own pulsing insecurities is to focus on facts. The CDC, WHO, and FEMA seem to have that covered on COVID-19, along with other organizations doing exhaustive work to keep…continue reading →