Penn State’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to helping students cope with and prevent mental illness. CAPS has recently added new resources to their website, http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/counseling/ . Click on the “wellness” section to get to online educational and screening tools. You can use the resources to learn more about common mental health issues and to see if you or a friend might need help from a professional.
The first resource is WellTrack, an online mental health resource to help students deal with stress, anxiety, and depression. You’ll complete an initial self-assessment and then work through modules to learn how to handle what causes you stress.
The second resource is a compilation of self-help videos on various health topics. These educational videos cover a wide range of topics such as mental health, common concerns for college students, and descriptions of services offered by CAPS. Each video is under 30 minutes.
The third resource is anonymous mental health screening tools. Each screening tool takes about 4 to 5 minutes to complete. You’ll receive immediate results that can be printed. The screening topics include depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol problems, eating disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, and PTSD.
Join local instructors for a free, 1-hour, Yoga class on Wednesdays this summer. All equipment is provided, just show up! See you on the mat at 4 pm.
As finals week approaches, most Penn Staters begin to flock to their favorite study spots to start preparations for a grueling week of exams and projects. Worrying about exams is common, and can even help your mind stay focused and sharp. However, when worrying becomes intense and overwhelming, it may be test anxiety.
Test anxiety can affect anyone. Experts suggest a few simple strategies that everyone can use to help reduce test anxiety and increase your chances for success during finals week.
- Learn what study styles work for you. Think about exams you have done well on in the past. How did you study for those exams? Consider using similar strategies for upcoming exams.
- Establish a routine. Make a schedule for the next few weeks to help you follow a similar routine each day. On the days of your exams, follow the same steps. This will help you feel calm and well prepared.
- Eat healthy and stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and fuel your body with healthy food during study sessions. Your body and brain need attention when studying. Check out some easy, healthy recipes at: http://sites.psu.edu/healthypennstate/eating/cooking-videos-healthy-eating-with-healthworks/
- Be active. Exercise to relieve stress and boost your mood. Although you may feel like you are too busy studying, it’s important to take an active break.
- Sleep is important. Sleep after studying to help encode new information into long term memory. This will help you recall the information on the day of the exam. Getting a good night’s sleep is important when you’re studying for exams.
- Take a break. Check out Penn State Libraries’ De-Stress Fest.
- Ask for help. Consider meeting with your professor or a staff person from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). If you think you are experiencing test anxiety, talk to somebody about it. Book an appointment with CAPS at: 814-863-0395.
If you are looking for some free ways to be active, join us every Monday at 3:45-4:45 at the Rec Hall track for a walking group. For more information, click here. If you’re interested in free wellness classes, UHS offers Pilates and Yoga classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in room 205 Student Health Center from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. See the flyer below for more information. Looking for a De-stress zone? Visit Health Promotion and Wellness, in 201 Student Health Center, to relaxing. While you are there, check out the biofeedback software and relaxing sound tracks.
Health Promotion and Wellness has lots of great resources that are free to every students, including free condoms, HIV testing, sleep kits and a stress management workbook. 201 Student Health Center is open Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Do the holidays create stress for you? Do you feel pressure to overeat at meals and parties? Here are ways you can incorporate a variety of nutritious foods and activity during this busy time of year:
- Keep healthy snacks with you, for example, fruit and cheese, peanut butter and crackers, yogurt
- Eat consistently to avoid getting over-hungry
- Drink sparkling water instead of eggnog, beer and mixed drinks
- Bring a healthy dish to share at parties
- Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full
- Make time to exercise. It’s a great way to relieve stress
- Go for a walk before or after a holiday party or get together
- Fill up on nutrient dense foods including fruit, vegetables, whole grain breads and crackers, lean meats and cheeses