Abdominal Breathing

Abdominal Breathing

When stressed and anxious, people tend to breathe in a more rapid and shallow way. This “over-breathing” can help produce a variety of physical symptoms that prompt or worsen anxiety.

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Achieving Balance

Achieving Balance

For most people, seeking a balance between the emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual elements of life leaves them happier, more fulfilled and better prepared to meet life’s challenges.

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Assertive Communication

Assertive Communication

Learning to communicate more effectively often involves better identifying and accepting your own feelings and needs, recognizing your rights, developing verbal and nonverbal assertiveness skills and practicing (on paper, with a friend, “for real”) assertive communication.

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Body Image: Keep it Positive

Body Image: Keep it Positive

Body image is the mental picture you have about your body plus the feelings you have about this picture.

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Dealing with culture shock

Dealing with culture shock

Culture shock refers to the challenging process of adjusting to a new country or culture.

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Dealing with reverse culture shock

Dealing with reverse culture shock

Reverse culture shock, or reentry shock, refers to the difficulty sometimes experienced when returning to your home country and culture after you have had experiences overseas.

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Depression

Depression

Depression is not just feeling unhappy. It is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness or irritability and loss of interest in almost all activities. Clinical depression can have a profound effect on all aspects of daily living, but most people make a full recovery. Depression is treatable.

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Exam Anxiety

Exam Anxiety

Highly anxious students tend to receive lower grades than do less anxious students, even when ability and preparation are the same.

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Grieving

Grieving

Grief is a natural process experienced by all people, to one degree or another, after the occurrence of a loss. Significant losses, such as the death of someone close to you, the breakup of a close relationship/friendship, or the loss of hopes and dreams, are some of life’s most stressful occurrences.

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Healthy Self-Esteem

Healthy Self-Esteem

People with healthy self‑esteem see themselves in an accurate way, value their own strengths and contributions, and accept their limitations. They see themselves as unique individuals who are deserving of happiness regardless of their experiences.

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It's All About Your Attitude!

It's All About Your Attitude!

Improve it with Positive Self Talk. Whether it’s out loud or not, the thoughts we have are a form of self-talk. The way we talk to ourselves directly reflects our self‑esteem and self-image.

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Managing after a Traumatic Event

Managing after a Traumatic Event

A traumatic event is defined as one that threatens the safety or survival of self or others. Witnessing or experiencing such an event has the potential to create significant distress and overwhelm typical coping mechanisms.

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Managing Anger

Managing Anger

Recognizing and addressing an anger problem is an important step in maintaining your health, enjoying satisfying relationships and promoting healthy self esteem. Well managed anger results in feelings of competency and maturity.

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Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation can help students meet the demands of university with more ease, balance and and confidence.

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Panic

Panic

A panic attack is a relatively brief period of intense fear that has a sudden onset and usually reaches a peak in intensity within ten minutes or less.

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Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is characterized by intense and persistent worries about embarrassing oneself, or showing anxiety symptoms (American Psychiatric Association, 1994).

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Succeeding at University

Succeeding at University

Attending University is an exciting time full of new possibilities. Coming to campus means a new community, new experiences and new academic responsibilities. All of this can be a bit overwhelming, though. You’re not alone if you feel stressed.

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Supporting a Friend Who is Anxious

Supporting a Friend Who is Anxious

Remember that you don’t have to be an expert or a therapist to listen and show that you care.

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The Magic of Managing Time

The Magic of Managing Time

Having too much stress is preventable to a certain degree and the key to stress management is remaining in control of the situation in your life.

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Think Well

Think Well

Mental wellness or mental health or emotional health or wellbeing. Whatever you call it it’s just as important as physical health.

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Worry Less

Worry Less

Often worries focus on a fear of being evaluated negatively by others. This might be in a social situation or in a performance setting. Others worry more about things going wrong with home life, school, work, family and friends.

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Yoga 101

Yoga 101

In recent years, yoga has become more popular and research has found many mental health benefits. It can be practiced by people from all religious backgrounds.

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