Mind & Body Spa

Use this section to find ways to relax, manage stress, improve sleep, develop a calming breath, and help yourself! Feel free to stop by the Counseling Center if you would like to discuss your experience with a clinician.

Learn about Mindful Breathing

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in happiness. Learn more about mindfulness here and to begin your practice of MINDFULNESS here.

 

Check out these great techniques from Ithaca University:

Handling Your Stress (Copyright © 2000 Bert H. Epstein.)

  1. Pleasurable Activities

A. By yourself (listen to music, take a walk, read a novel, TV)

B. With others (do things with people you like)

  1. Take Care of Your Body

A. Nutrition- avoid too much caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, drugs - eat healthy food: fruits, veggies

B. Get adequate sleep

C. Exercise!!! (ideally 3+ times/week, 20-30 minutes)

  1. Time Management

A. Check off tasks-make lists & have fun checking off as you get things done

B. Prioritize

C. Don't take too much on; know your limits

  1. Maintain "Perspective"

A. "It's all how you look at it"; examine your thoughts for unhelpful/ untrue thoughts-argue to yourself why they are incorrect/unhelpful; then substitute more correct/helpful ones

  1. Communication Skills: Getting Along with Others

A. Listen lots

B. Don't be passive, Don't be aggressive; Be assertive

  1. Laugh

A. Watch funny movies, TV, look for the lighter side of life

  1. Relaxation

A. Slow & deep breathing; imagine pleasant scenes; tense & relax muscles; music; reading; church/prayer/meditation...

  1. Talk to Others about Being Stressed (everyone is or has been!)

A. Friends, family

B. Counselors

  1. Read more on the subject

* The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook (Martha Davis & others)

* The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook (Edmund J. Bourne)

* An End to Panic (Elke Zuercher-White)

* Dying of Embarrassment (Barbara G. Markway & others)

* When Anger Hurts (Matthew McKay & others)

* Mind Over Mood (Greenberger & Padesky)