Safer Drinking Strategies

Not all college students drink alcohol.  If you choose to drink, be sure to practice behaviors that reduce your risk experiencing consequences and keep you safe. Here are the top 5 safer drinking strategies used by Penn State studentseat food or a meal before you start drinking, set a limit of how much you’ll drink before you start pre-gaming, keep count of your drinks, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep it to about 1 standard drink per hour. 

Wellness Hours

HealthWorks provides drop-in wellness consultations at two locations. These appointments are brief 10-minute conversations about your wellness. If you’re curious about your wellness, stop by Mondays between 4-5pm in 202 Redifer Commons or Thursdays between 4-5pm in 134 Johnston Commons. A peer health educator will be happy to talk with you and share information about wellness resources.  

Severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette use

There is a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette products  including devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges.  If you use e-cigarette products and experience the following symptoms, seek medical care promptly.  Symptoms include:  cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain; nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; fatigue, fever, or weight loss.  Medical care is available at the University Health Services.  You can make an appointment or call (814) 863-0774.

Vaping cessation services are available through Health Promotion and Wellness.  You can make an appointment or call (814) 863-0461.  More information about the multistate outbreak is available in this CDC Investigation notice. 

Nature Meditation

Using mindfulness meditation in a natural setting can promote well-being.  Meditating outdoors can bring you more in touch with your senses and enhance the effectiveness of the meditative practice. Practicing mindfulness in nature can open your connections to the natural world.

There are resources available to students, such as the Manage Stress Workbook and Koru Mindfulness, both of which can be used outdoors. You could also use the Calm app as you relax at the Penn State Arboretum.

Procrastination

Some college students struggle with procrastination. Procrastination can involve putting off completing assignments, studying for exams, and writing papers. Procrastinating can decrease the quality of your work because it reduces the amount of time you have to study or prepare.  It may also increase your stress level.  

Learn new skills that will help keep your schoolwork on track.  Sign up for the free stress & time management service in 20 IM Building.