Friday, January 30, 2015

S is For Stress Relief

M is For Mindfulness  The self-guided Mindfulness for Stress online module allows
you to complete each section at your own pace.  It is 
available in Blackboard
(search for 
Health Promotion Mindfulness under the Organizations tab.)  Mindfulness
is a proven strategy for stress reduction that makes discomfort and pain more
bearable; reduces depression; and increases self-knowledge and self-acceptance.  
Every college student knows a thing or two about stress. Juggling multiple roles and responsibilities while trying to fit in sleep and a social life is a recipe for tension they know all too well.  Coping with pressure does not come naturally to some, but the good news is that every TWU student has resources close at hand for combating the understandable feelings of stress, anxiety and overwhelm they may experience.

The TWU Counseling Center serves the TWU student communities on the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses of TWU.  With a mission of supporting student success and personal growth, they place a high priority on confidentiality.  Need to talk?  Contact information for the Counseling Center is listed here in the righthand column.

Texas Woman's University and Student Health Services (SHS) are sponsoring a series of Stress Less sessions aimed at educating students about stress relief strategies; several sessions are scheduled for the Spring 2015 semester on the Denton campus.  Mark your calendar for Successful Sleep Strategies (February 18, 2015); Imagery in Stress Reduction (March 11, 2015); and Proven Stress Reducers (April 15, 2015).  All sessions take place in Room 113 of the Student Union from 12:25 to 1:00 p.m. For more information, like TWU Student Health Services on Facebook or call Dr. Kari Leavell, Ph.D., at the Counseling Center (940-898-3801).  

A set of resources on stress-related topics is available on the SHS Stress Less page.

Also sponsored by TWU and SHS, an online guide to mindfulness meditation is available in Blackboard (search for Health Promotion Mindfulness under the Organizations tab.)  The self-guided Mindfulness for Stress module allows you to complete each section at your own pace.  Mindfulness is a proven strategy for stress reduction that makes discomfort and pain more bearable; reduces depression; and increases self-knowledge and self-acceptance.  For more information contact Sonia Redwine at healthpromotion@twu.edu.

College can be a wonderful time, but it does come with its own set of stressors.  The important thing to remember?  Reach out for help when you need it.  You are not alone.

~Sandy Cochran

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