The Lively Minds membership hosted a mindfulness seminar on Wednesday evening to debate methods to take care of psychological well being and perceive difficulties via a brand new perspective.
In response to the membership’s president Kailan Bragado, the membership was created to unfold psychological well being consciousness on campus and supply sources to destigmatize nervousness and despair.
“School is a hectic time in our lives and even with the pandemic, it has undoubtedly taken a toll on psychological well being,” Bragado, a junior nursing main mentioned. “Lively Minds had hoped to supply a seminar with a counselor to debate some coping mechanisms and supply data on what we will do to raised handle our busy lives.”
Visitor speaker and licensed counselor Patrice Dunn started the evening by outlining the distinction between fear and nervousness.
“Fear is grounded in actuality and nervousness is marked by catastrophic pondering,” Dunn mentioned. “Anxiousness doesn’t know how you can inform the reality.”
Dunn additionally defined how stress is a physiological response related to exterior occasions and emphasised that not all fear is nervousness and never all unhappiness is despair.
Dunn mentioned many several types of coping mechanisms and self-care methods, resembling taking a stroll, journaling, and being communicative. She additionally detailed a mechanism often called colour respiratory, which consists of deep breaths during which you think about your physique filling with a colour of enjoyable emotions and releasing a colour of unfavorable emotions.
The principle thought of the discuss was mindfulness, a kind of meditation the place one is very conscious of their senses and emotions in the intervening time.
“While you get a nasty grade on a take a look at, simply be within the second,” Dunn mentioned. “It doesn’t imply that you’re by no means going to graduate or you might be by no means going to get an excellent job. Keep in that second and there’s a solution to discuss your self out of that pondering. Take a breath.”
Dunn additional defined that working towards mindfulness to validate and perceive sure feelings could be wanted so as to transfer ahead.
“What you assume impacts how you’re feeling which impacts the way you behave,” Dunn mentioned.
Bragado mentioned she was happy with the engagement from the viewers.
“As a membership, we have been hoping that others would acquire a deeper understanding of what their stressors of their life could also be and how you can handle them by being conscious of their emotions and environment to lower our ranges of stress,” Bragado mentioned.
The Lively Minds membership has a silent public sale fundraising occasion on April 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Alumni Quad and there may also be a recreation evening hosted by the membership on April 2.