Facing Finals

Hi everyone, Madeline here. As the semester comes to an end and we inch closer and closer to summer, that only means one thing…

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And with the first week of May, comes the dreaded finals week. The most important week in the college semester, where somehow it doesn’t matter how well you did the entire semester, these last and final tests determine your entire life. Do they? Of course not, but we all feel the pressure of making good grades and keeping our GPA’s high. So even when stricken with the final’s week horror, here are a few tips and tricks to keep you sane.

1) Find a good study place.

Whether you prefer the library or a hammock in Sweetheart Circle, find somewhere that makes you feel focused and less distracted. We are all guilty of “studying” in our beds while Netflix is on and letting 4 hours pass before we realize that we haven’t learned a single thing. A good study place one of the many keys to success. 

2) Find a study partner or group.

Sometimes studying with someone else can help you learn and remember information better. It has been proven if you know the material well enough to teach another person it, you definitely know it and are more likely to do well on a test. It can also benefit you if you don’t understand something, someone else can help explain it to you if your professor isn’t available to discuss it.

3) SLEEP

I know pulling all nighters are the “cool” thing to do, but they actually do more harm than good. When you go to sleep, your brain takes the time to retain the information that you worked so hard to remember. Without sleep, your brain can be foggy and you will have an even harder time trying to focus and remember definitions.

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4) Manage your time!

Although finals week is stressful and seems like the most important thing in your life at the moment, don’t neglect your other commitments and responsibilities. Also, don’t forget to spend a little time for yourself. We all need a break from life and school, and this is very important, especially during finals week when stressors are so high. Designate a time each day to do something you enjoy, whether that be go to the gym, cook a nice dinner, or watch an episode of your favorite TV show. When you return back to the studying your mind will be fresh and ready to study hard!

5)Meditate

Stress is definitely a by product of finals week, and one great way to deal with these stressors of, not only finals week, but everyday life is to meditate. If you are unsure of the steps to meditate or just want some guidance, there are many different APPS you can use to guide you through it. One of my favorite apps is called Headspace. 

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Remember that you can do it! Finals week is just another week of school with extra tests! Stay focused. Study hard. Keep sane! And good luck! 

Thanks for reading my blog! Make sure to check out The University Wellness Program on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and de-stressing opportunities!

Jamaican A Difference

Last December, I had the opportunity to work with people living with mental health concerns in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This experience was made possible through the Alternative Break Program. The Committee for Uplifting the Mentally Ill (CUMI) hosted our volunteers over the course of a week. We had the opportunity to relate mental health care in Jamaica and in America. Here are a few of the things I learned:
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Mental health concerns are similar regardless of geographic origin.
The concerns of the mentally ill population within Montego Bay, Jamaica are extremely similar to what students express on our college campus. Most people living with mental illness in Jamaica struggle with stress and anxiety. These same concerns are commonly reported by college students.

 

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Mental health has become a global concern.

The growing burden of mental health is becoming a global concern. Most nations are reporting increased incidences of mental illness. By learning proper coping techniques, mental health can be managed. Underserved areas require these resources just like the majority population.
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Most mental health concerns originate in adolescence.

Another similarity between Montego Bay and Georgia Southern was the age of the population. Most mental illnesses begin to present symptoms in adolescence. This was very apparent within the population of Montego Bay. Most people using CUMI’s services began attended adolescents or young adults.

 

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Georgia Southern Cares!

Many of the support services offered at CUMI are available at Georgia Southern. Georgia Southern offers counseling services and programs that help combat mental health concerns. The counseling center offers courses on Emotional Wisdom on Mondays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in the Health Services Room 2016 and Wednesdays from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in the Counseling Center. Emotional Wisdom is the practice of relaxation, mindfulness, and cognitive tools that help to combat anxiety or depression. These workshops can equip you with the tools needed to achieve mental wellness.

Moreover, the University Wellness Ambassadors post weekly blogs and events that educate students about different health topics. Check us out at our Health Hut or Worry-Free Wednesdays!

 

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Be like a Pirate and Participate in No Impact Week

Why are pirates so Eco-friendly?….They always follow the three arrrrrrrs.

All jokes aside  I want to tell you a little bit more about different ways to save our environment! If we don’t take care of the environment, how can we expect it to take care of us? Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle are great ways to help save the environment, but we can do smaller things around campus to make a larger impact.  

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Environmental Wellness is more than just the  “Three arrrrrrrrrs”  Some examples of being environmentally well on campus are:

  • Being aware of the limits of the earth’s natural resources
  • Conserve energy (i.e., Shutting off unused lights, taking shorter showers)
  • Recycle paper, cans, and glass as much as possible
  • Enjoying, appreciating, and spending time outside in natural settings, like Sweetheart Circle
  • Prevent polluting the air, water or earth, like walking or riding a bike to class  
  • Avoid tobacco products and second-hand smoke
  • Pick up trash around campus and place it in the designated recycling bin.
  • Watch out for your fellow students. If you see a dangerous crack in the walkway, make a barricade with pine cones!

Georgia Southern’s Center for Sustainability and The University Wellness program will be teaming up to put on the annual No Impact Week during April 9th to April 16th. No Impact Week is  filled with activities and other events designed to help raise awareness about sustainability on our campus.

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This week is about taking a minute to step back and see if all of our resources that we take for granted are really worth it. Here is a cool video about a young woman who challenged herself to live waste free for a month:

I’m not saying we all need to stop creating waste, but this is an eye opening video that shows how much waste we are actually creating, and ways we can minimize our impact.

No Impact Week will feature a prescription drug drop off, Planetarium celebration, exhibits, activities, and daily Wildlife Center programs.  Go to http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/sustainability/events/no-impact-week/ for a more detailed schedule!

We also have the Out of the Darkness Walk this Saturday, April 8th, to raise awareness about suicide. Make sure you come out and show your support!

For more updates about the University Wellness Program, follow us on Twitter, and Facebook!

Be Well. Do Well.

Everything is NOT Created Equal?

Hello readers, my name is Sherrel and I am going to discuss gender inequity. Unfortunately, yes in 2017, the answer to this question… is gender inequity still a thing? YES. Now, I know you’ve heard it before, so this isn’t a lecture. Instead, I want to state some facts. Take a moment, or five, to think about what you’re reading in order to form your own opinion. All opinion’s matter and all opinion’s are OK.

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Gender Roles

Society is slowly (very slowly) finding that women have more talents to be used outside of the kitchen, home and our families. Women are as capable to do any job as well as a man. It’s possible, as many other things are, for a woman to even do a better job than a man.  Historically, society has taught us women are to be more submissive and reserved. If a woman has the attitude and ambition of a man this is considered “too aggressive” or “not womanly”? Why is that?

 

Men are the Breadwinners

NOT NECESSARILY! Men still feel inferior if their woman makes more money than he does. Why? Because society taught them to feel inferior. Historically, society has taught us men are supposed to financially provide for their families. Well, yes, men are supposed to provide for their families, because it is a responsibility, but that doesn’t mean they are supposed to do it alone. It took two people to make a family, so it should take two people to provide and raise a family. Women are more than capable to provide just as much for their families as men are. Let’s take Tom Brady, Lamar Odom (though now divorced) or Andy Roddick for example. All of these men have at least one thing in common; they earn or earned less money than their female counterpart. But, how much respect have they lost?

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Here are some statistics here for to think about…

In 2010, women represented 79% of healthcare jobs, 43% of scientific and technical jobs, and only 9% of construction jobs. Also, in 2009 only 24% of CEOs in the US were women and they only earned 75% of what their male counterparts made.

Simmer on that for a minute or three… (DOL 2011).

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Pregnant Women in the Workplace

As if pregnancy isn’t enough of a burden, historically, it has been hard for pregnant women to find a job and sometimes keep the job they already have. Employers look at a pregnant woman as a burden to their company. How much time will she need to take off? Will her motherly responsibilities get in the way of her work responsibilities? Will she be emotionally stable in the workplace? What accommodations will we have to make for her? Am I mistaken that there are two people expecting the child? Is the man not expecting his child, though I understand he isn’t physically.

Freedom of Sexual Expression

I think it is safe to say that women do not have the same sexual freedoms that men have. If a guy has multiple partners he’s considered “THE MAN”, but if a woman has multiple partners she is considered a slut. Why is it okay for guys to express themselves sexually, but not for women? Why has society taught women to feel ashamed to purchase condoms? Why is the first thing that is asked about a female rape victim “what was she wearing”? Why do her clothes matter? Why does the responsibility of the attacker get shifted to the victim? Why can’t women freely discuss their sexual desires or lack thereof, comfortably? I could talk about this forever but to keep it short I encourage you to google the purpose behind Amber Rose’s SLUT WALK

If you are bothered by any human being marginalized, or if you desire to raise awareness and encourage communication about gender relations and sexual violence, I have an event for you…..Walk a Mile in Her Shoes ®. The event will be held March 30th, 2017 at 5pm at the Russell Union Rotunda (check-in or walk-up registration starts at 3:30pm). Everyone that is able (including all genders) are encouraged to walk a mile in red high heels to raise awareness. Come participate in this lighthearted and fun event while supporting a great cause. All proceeds will be donated to our Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center.

 

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BE WELL. DO WELL.

 

References

DOL 2011. “Women’s Employment During the Recovery”, Washington, D.C.

 

The Answer is Clear

Hey, my name’s Sebastian and welcome to my blog. This blog is all about making sure that we all drink plenty of fluids.

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To start off, we’ll go through some of the perks of drinking water.

  • Keeps your temperature normal
  • Lubricates and cushions joints
  • Protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
  • Gets rid of wastes
  • Just feels great, you know?

 

So many people have heard the ole ‘drink 8 glasses of water a day’ rule to stay hydrated, and sure it’ll work just fine, but it’s really not the most accurate rule of thumb. Here is what we really need:

  • Adequate intake for men is roughly about 13 cups of total beverages a day. For women is about 9 cups of total beverages a day.
  • Another way to hit your ideal amount of water intake per day is taking your total body weight and dividing it by two(oz). So say you weigh 140lbs. You would need to drink 70 ounces of water a day.

 

I know what you’re thinking, “8 cups is already a lot, but now you’re asking me to drink more?!” Well yes and no. We should all drink that much, but it doesn’t mean it all has to come from a cup or bottle.

Here are a few great ways we can get plenty of fluids!

  • Fruits
    • Fruits are packed with water. Eating fruits like apples, oranges, strawberries, and watermelons are great, easy ways to stay hydrated.

 

  • Vegetables
    • Some veggies are also packed with water. Good choices are celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce.

 

  • Flavored drinks
    • No, not sodas. Think tea or sparkling water. They don’t have tons of sugar, but they do have plenty of water. Win win.

 

It’s always smart to have water handy, especially for us college students, so here are a few situations in which we should remember to stay hydrated.

  • Whenever we work out (duh)
    • Always make sure to stay hydrated when you sweat. Drink at least one bottle of water
  • When outdoors in a hot climate
    • It tends to be pretty warm in Statesboro, and with Spring right around the corner it’s only going to get hotter so don’t forget your water.
  • When sick
    • Illnesses like the fever have the ability to run rampant across campuses, and drinking plenty of water can not only help if you’re already sick, but it can also prevent us from getting sick in the first place.
  • When partying
    • Real talk, we all know that we go to a party school and that many students drink alcohol, but we need to remember to also drink plenty of water when we party. If we drink alcohol at parties or anywhere, we must remember to drink as much water as we are drinking alcohol. Basically one for one.  

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If you are looking for other ways to stay healthy and hydrated, make sure you check out our Campus Farmers Market and Nutrition Fair. Want to get your water intake up through fruits and vegetables? The Campus Farmers Markets are every Thursday from 4pm to 6:30pm in the Russell Union. We have vendors from all over the county with fresh produce at every market, and will be bringing some of them to you this Wednesday, as well.  The Nutrition Fair is this Wednesday, March 22nd, from 11am-2pm in the Russell Union. Make sure you come check it out and get your water drinking/eating on!

Well, that’s all folks. Make sure you drink water and stay tuned for my next blog post. For more updates about the University Wellness Program, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

Be Well. Do Well.

Spring Break? Alpaca my bags!

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1. Pack Accordingly 

We always have to make sure we communicate with our friends about who is bringing what. I have learned, Do NOT over pack! It takes up space. The best way to keep up with our stuff is to carry a small bag, wallet, or fanny pack. And we always have to remember to leave other valuables (Laptop, excessive amounts of cash, or jewelry) at home. People sometimes feel the need to steal stuff, and it’s not fun worrying about it the entire time. Cards and cash can be lost or stolen, but cards can be replaced. Carrying a certain amount will help to alleviate overspending or in case of emergency.

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2. Getting there…

If we’re turning this into a long road trip, then we might want to rotate drivers. This way everyone is well rested when we arrive to our destination. Whoever claims shotgun is responsible for keeping the driver awake the entire time. The backseat passengers are the only ones who should be sleeping. Playlists are great for road trips, and it prevents boredom. “Hand me the AUX!”

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3. Partying…

It’s Spring Break!!! We’re going to have the time of our lives, but we can be safe while we do.So, here are some tips for prevention of any harm we could run into. Never accept a drink from strangers! Yes, bartenders are strangers. However, they are a safer bet than a random guy/girl at a party. You don’t know what could be in that drink. Never put your drink down or out of eyesight for a second! Again, you don’t know what could have happened to that drink the second you put it down or looked away. If anything, go get a different one. Do not drink on an empty stomach! Your diet was before Spring Break. This will help prevent you from dehydrating or getting sick. Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water! People tend to flock to warmer or hotter places for Spring Break, which include a lot of activities, like dancing or partying. This can lead to dehydration so drink up! Water that is 😉 Watch and know your limit. If you’re going to drink, then be aware of how much you’ve had and when you need to stop. Everyone varies at drinking levels and you are the best judge of where your limit is.

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4. Hello?!

It is good to always have a phone on you. It is a way to call 911 in case of an emergency. Need to order an Uber, Taxi, or call a friend or family member to come and get you?  Are you lost or do you need help? Having our phones with us can help us solve these issues. Live in the moment and take a lot of pictures! Anyone else have those, “dang I really wish I would have taken a picture of that” moment? Those drive me crazy. There is nothing better than to have a good picture to go with a great story! 

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5. The Buddy System

It is very easy to lose a person, and the last thing anyone wants to do is lose a friend. We are all grown adults who can take care of ourselves, but it’s always better to be safe, than sorry. It is always best to pair up with a friend. We are not being their babysitter, but it’s nice to just keep an eye on your friend and make sure that they are ok. We should never let a friend (or ourselves) go to the bathroom alone or anywhere in an unfamiliar setting. We gotta keep an eye on our fam and what they are drinking. We are the best line of defense from strangers trying to get to our squads.

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So, have a great spring break, but never forget these five tips. We gotta have each others backs! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and spring break tips. And always remember Be Well, Do Well.

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Good Nutrition is Our Mission

Every year, National Nutrition Month falls in March, and we at Wellness are excited to announce that for the first time ever, we will be joining in the celebration! The Wellness Ambassadors have been working hard to create a Nutrition Fair just for YOU! Join us March 22nd, from 11 AM- 2 PM in the Russell Union Commons for free healthy food samples, interactive games, and a chance to win a free smoothie blender!

 

The theme for National Nutrition Month this year is “Put Your Best Fork Forward” which reminds us that everything we put in our bodies matters. Eating healthy foods and proper portions is crucial to maintaining great physical health. The habits we create in college are the habits that will be continued after graduation. The earlier we start our journey towards a healthier life, the easier it becomes to maintain. Furthermore, eating healthy reduces our risk of developing chronic diseases, makes us feel better and contributes positively to our overall  health!

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As a college student myself, I know the struggle of eating healthy. Our days are filled with classes, work, student organization meetings, sleep (maybe), and homework.  Let’s be real. Breakfast is usually skipped and sometimes there just isn’t enough time for lunch either. There is too much going on in the day, and the last thing we think about is eating healthy and cooking food. In the end, it ends up being easier to grab food on the go, which isn’t always going to be the most nutritious.

 

With these common college struggles in mind, we came up with fun interactive booths for the Nutrition Fair. These booths will help educate about the small steps we can take to eat better and feel better. Booth themes include messages such as body positivity, vegan and vegetarian tips, proper portion food sizing, meal prep tips, tips for eating healthy in college, and even tips from a Nutritionist! We know that no one diet works for everyone. So, we created booths that are inclusive to all types of diets and lifestyles. There will be something for everyone!

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The University Wellness Program and Health Services host many other programs such as the Campus Farmer’s Market that can help students find fresh produce and eat healthier. The Campus Farmer’s Market is every Thursday, March 23 until April 27th from 4PM to 6:30PM. This is the chance to buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables on campus. These programs are put on with us in mind, to encourage healthier eating habits and ways of life. Join us at our next event! And as always, be well, do well!

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