Mental & Emotional Wellness

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Mental and emotional wellness encompasses our ability to be resilient, improve our self-esteem, understand our emotions, and adequately cope with all the challenges life brings. It is a continual process of change and growth. Common mental and emotional challenges college students face include:

  • Stress
  • Time Management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Instability

Mental and emotional wellness is impacted by various factors. While we do not have control over all of those factors, we can try to better manage some of the areas over which we do have control. By creating a protective environment and building skills, we are better able to handle what life throws at us.

Owls Care offers you several resources to help you mentally and emotionally thrive during your time as a student at FAU.


What it is?

  • Stress is a natural response to demands placed on you. Without stress, we would not accomplish much. However, too much stress can cause problems, negatively impact your health, decrease your productivity, and affect your relationships. Therefore, it is important to learn to manage your stress, especially when a large number of demands are placed on you
  • Stress is not just a mental game but a physical response that has a lot of negative consequences if not managed in the long-run

Focus on You

  • Make time to do things you enjoy
  • Listen to music that improves your mood
  • Practice different stress management techniques like breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or visualization. Learn about these techniques and more by signing up for a stress management consultation
  • Stop by our Stress Oasis and make your own aromatherapy bag. Engage your senses and relieve your stress with your favorite scents
  • Build and connect with your social support system
  • Reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Want to chill out now? Check out the super cool Calm.com website.

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Get Organized

  • Schedule out your day and don’t forgot to pencil in “you time” too!
  • Take study breaks. Create good study habits by taking a 5 – 10 minute break approximately every hour
  • Schedule a stress management consultation to discuss how to be more efficient with your time and responsibilities
  • Create or find a good place to study with minimal distractions
  • STOP multitasking - focus your attention on one project at a time

Take Care of Yourself

  • Get active. Move your body for at least 30 minutes a day doing your favorite activity
  • Try out yoga or Pilates. They are great low-impact stress relievers. Check out Campus Rec for a schedule of classes
  • Fuel your body. Eat well-balanced meals that will provide your body with the nutrients it needs. Make an appointment with the registered dietitian on campus to personalize you’re eating plan
  • Catch some zzzzzzz’s. Make sure you are getting 7 – 9 hours of sleep each night to ensure that your body is functioning at its highest capacity throughout the day
  • STOP multitasking - focus your attention on one project at a time

Relaxation Techniques

Stress Oasis

The Stress Oasis is a self-serve station at our office that provides information on stress and free stress management goodies such as stress balls, biodots, aromatherapy, and more. Feel free to stop by our office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to stock up.


Why it is important?

Establishing healthy habits while you’re in college will help you balance responsibilities later in life. In order to better manage your stress and stay on top your responsibilities, time management is essential.

Strategies for Time Management

Prioritize

  • Complete a time log. Track everything you do and how much time you participate in that activity. And yes, we mean EVERYTHING! Meals, showering, time spent on social media, etc.
  • Spend most of your time on things that support your goals
  • Be realistic

Make time to manage your time

  • Get organized
  • Make a “To Do” list
  • Manage your time more efficiently and effectively by using one these Top Time Management Apps for Students rated by TopUniversities.com

Minimize distractions

  • Set aside time for studying
  • Find/create a quiet place
  • Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb” or “airplane mode”

Balance

  • Set boundaries and make sure you have time in your schedule before you commit
  • Schedule time for yourself
  • Manage your stress by scheduling a stress management consultation with Owls Care to find what works for you
  • Learn tips for collaborating and resolving conflict
  • Include relaxing activities into your schedule
  • Take breaks and to help you mentally and physically recharge

Establish good habits

  • Figure out what strategies work best for you
  • Learn how to modify your routines
  • Set a bedtime; make sure to get enough sleep

Tips to Study Better:

  1. Clear the clutter: Create a space where you can focus
  2. Minimize distractions: Put your phone on DO NOT DISTURB and pick a quiet place
  3. Listen to music: Non-lyric music is the perfect choice to study to.
  4. Stop multitasking: Focusing on one thing at a time allows you to be more productive and produce better quality results.
  5. Pick a scent: Create a relaxing study environment with smells that make you happy
  6. Use different colors: Writing in different colors allows your brain to recall different categories of information
  7. Study in chunks: Break up your study sessions to help you stay focused
  8. Monitor caffeine intake: More than 400 mg of caffeine (4 cups of coffee) is too much!
  9. Don’t pull all-nighters: Your brain does not process and retain all the information you want it to when you are tired
  10. Treat yo self!: Take breaks and reward yourself for completing study sessions

What is body image?

National Eating Disorder Association defines body image as the way an individual sees themselves when looking in the mirror and what they believe about their appearance, feelings about their body, and how they feel in their body

Eating Disorders

What can you do


Strive for the Healthy Ideal

How your body looks when you’re doing everything you can to reach physical and mental health and maximize your quality of life

Change the conversation

  • Compliment others and yourself on more than just physical appearance; recognize smarts, creativity, uniqueness, non-body oriented characteristics
  • Make a list of things your body allows you to do and appreciate them
  • Don’t let the way you feel about your body prevent you from doing things you enjoy
  • Speak out against the “thin ideal” or “beauty ideal” created by the media
  • Challenge negative comments about appearance
  • Surround yourself with people who support these conversations
 Last Modified 1/10/17