According to the Spring 2013 National College Health Assessment, nearly 31% of all college students report stress as a major factor affecting their academic performance. Prevent stress by talking to a counselor, using any of the self-help resources on this page, and taking time for yourself. If you’re feeling stressed out, make an appointment to see a counselor at the Wellness Center!
The Wellness Center seeks to cultivate a more mindful way of living, promote positive well-being, and create strong community at USF St. Petersburg.
We host weekly meditation breaks (Mondays, Fall and Spring semesters) and promote the use of guided meditations.
Guided Relaxation Activities: Mentally follow along as you listen to guided scripts for the purpose of relaxation. Use the power of visualization and imagery to reduce stress in your life. After listening to these exercises, remember what made you feel relaxed and use these techniques on a daily basis for best results.
- The Ocean: Engage in a relaxation exercise and visual imagery, that will take you on a short 30-minute vacation to the ocean. You will be guided to leave your worries behind and relax completely.
- Protective Light: Enjoy healing and relaxation by visualizing a protective and powerful light all around you. You will be guided to diminish all your stress, emotional pain, and concerns. This 10-minute guide is best to use after an emotional or distressing day.
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation: You will be guided to tighten and relax your muscle groups to induce a state of relaxation. This can help with sleep, anxiety, or general stress.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Mindful Eating: Eating mindfully can help you discover a far more satisfying relationship to food and eating. The first time you try this have a small piece of food such as a raisin, grape, peanut, or orange slice with which to practice.
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