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!
- Mindful Mondays
The Wellness Center seeks to cultivate a more mindful way of living, promote positive well-being, and create strong community at USFSP.
We host weekly meditation breaks (Mondays, Fall and Spring semesters) and promote the use of guided meditations such as those found at the link below:
- Biofeedback Computer Program
- 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. Find out more here!
- 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.
- Calm, Meditation and Relaxation App: FREE iPhone download
- Do As One, Breathe Together App: $1.99 iPhone download
- Paced Breathing: Pace breathing is one exercise that’s been shown to be effective. You take slow, deep, diaphragmatic breaths.
- “Breathing Zone”: Using a clinically proven therapeutic breathing technique, this app decreases your heart rate, and over time can even help you lower your high blood pressure. What’s good about this app is that it does not require any complicated settings and breathing patterns. You just need to breathe in and out according to the voice instructions and visual guide provided by the app. $2.99. iPhone download
- “Paced Breathing”: Paced Breathing helps a user to control their breathing cycle by providing visual and auditory feedback. This can be especially effective for meditative or athletic training. The app is designed to allow you to pick a comfortable starting point and slow down your breathing rate over a period of time in order to arrive at a rate you may not have been able to achieve on your own. FREE. Android download
- Pranayama: The formal practice of controlling the breath, central to the practice of yoga You can choose different breathing rhythms and background music and progress from beginner to advanced breathing rates.
- The Mindfullness App: A tool for increasing your awareness in life. It helps you with the most difficult aspect of Mindfulness practice – namely to remember to be mindful.
- Smiling Mind: Designed specifically for young people, Smiling Mind makes meditation fun, easy and accessible. Created by a team of psychologists who specialize in adolescent therapy, the app offers programs catered to different age groups, from 7-11 years old to adult, and also includes reminders.
- FREE iPhone download