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We are faced with all kinds of challenges in life. It is easy to get caught up in the daily ups and downs. That is why we prioritize self-care and self-actualization to stop, reflect, and reenergize yourself in the midst of difficult times. From writing poetry to meditating or sharing conversation with good friends, self-care should be personalized to what works best for you. Take the time to get to know yourself and be well.
I am a graduate employee at the University of Oregon, and I work with the University Counseling Center as an Alcohol and Other Drugs Specialist. A significant aspect of my work in this position is supporting the Collegiate Recovery Center (CRC) in the EMU. The purpose of the CRC is to build a recovery-friendly environment for students at University of Oregon. The CRC is a place of community and comradery for those who are in recovery. The physical space and community atmosphere is especially important because it can be hard for students in recovery to fit into the party atmosphere that is prevalent on college campuses. At the CRC, we provide safe and sober recreation activities and an atmosphere that encourages sober support systems and friends. ...Read More
A cornerstone to “Being Well” is understanding what mental health means for each of us. To help students to better understand the wide range of mental health concerns that exist, the University Counseling Center’s (UCC) Student Advisory Board (SAB) is hosting the second annual May Mental Health Month at UO.
This year’s focus is on increasing communication about students’ mental health concerns in an effort to encourage students to support each other. The UCC SAB hopes to improve awareness about mental health challenges and destigmatize self-care and seeking help. The UCC SAB would like to equip every student on campus who feels like they or their friends may be experiencing mental health challenges with the tools they need to care for themselves and others.
If you’re a parent, you don’t need anyone to tell you how difficult that role can be. Additionally, the inherent difficulties of being a student are well known. Combined, the roles of being both a student and a parent can be extremely difficult to navigate.
Your day begins bright and early and usually ends with you being exhausted, often wondering what just happened, and your home looking like a herd of wild animals just trampled through.
As a parent myself, I go through struggles and don’t always feel that I am doing the best job. However, parenting is a...Read More
It is with some hesitation that I wish to evoke the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things. What I want to avoid is reducing the wildly creative Spielberg homage into a trite psychological metaphor. And yet, I cannot ignore the fact that beneath the placid — and sometime tumultuous — surface of our lives exists another dimension.
This is not primarily a dimension of nightmarish creatures, although those may lurk there too. Nor is it something we need to destroy in order to rescue ourselves and our loved ones from frightening monsters.
Rather it is that subterranean part of each of us from which what is novel...Read More