Check out these simple ways shared on Ted Talks to take care of your self emotionally and physically!
- Interactive self-care kit
- Racial and Cultural Trauma Resources
- Put a stressful thought in a star
- Take a look at Buzzfeed's self-care tips
- Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing
- Mix different sounds and create your perfect environment
Mindfulness and Meditation
Wellness resources from the Center for Wellness, Harvard Univeristy Health Services
- Awareness of Breath Meditation.mp3
- Body Scan Meditation.mp3
- Gatha Meditation.mp3
- Guided Imagery.mp3
- Labeling Thoughts & Feelings Meditation.mp3
Mindfullness Based Stress Reduction
What is balanced eating? Find the answers to this question with informative and engaging youtube videos to help you sort out a variety of current nutrition-related topics.
Connect here to youtube videos on a variety of nutrition topics relating to how nutrition can affect your health.
Connect here to youtube videos on general nutrition topics including healthy food choices and common sense approaches to eating.
The Health Center also has our own Nutritionist, Alice Walter. To schedule an appointment, call 413-538-2121, and press option #1.
Hydration: You need 64 oz per day of caffeine-free and non alcoholic drinks. This helps prevent constipation and increases energy.
Exercise: Even 10 minutes per day can assist with stress reduction and blood pressure management. 20-30 minutes five times per week is needed for significant cardiac workout. Check out the great drop-in classes that Kendall offers and exercises you can do while you study.
Annual Flu Shot: Vaccines are still available. Reminder: flu season extends into May for New England. Get your vaccine and help your dorm win the No Flu 4 U contest!
Laugh: Increases the depth of your breathing, takes less energy than frowning, and difficult to maintain stress in the body when you are laughing. Check this out for a quick laugh.
Take a break: Stand/walk/stretch 2-3 minutes every hour. Do 5 minutes stretches to recharge the brain and body. This reduces neck, shoulder, back pain and headaches.
Hours of sleep: You need 7-8 hours per night or continuously uninterrupted sleep; 2 three hour naps does not give you the same benefit! Sleep is important to consolidate memory, maintain the immune system and healthier eating patterns, and allow the normal cycle of “stress hormones.” Follow a regular sleep schedule to live a healthier lifestyle. Here's what would happen if you didn't sleep.
Body Positive: Looks at the ways we can feel good in the bodies we have
Eating Disorder Information & Referrals, In partnership with American Eating Disorder Association
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA): Supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care
Gurze Books Eating Disorders Resource Catalog: resource for the eating disorder field
NWHIC: Body Image: Tip to develop a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude is crucial to a women's happiness and wellness
Council on Size & Weight Discrimination (CWSD): Works to end discrimination against people who are heavier than average, change public policies and people's attitudes concerning body weight. They act as advocates in the areas of medical treatment, job discrimination, and media images
About Face: Equip women and girls with tools to understand & resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem & body image