Last month, the Mental and Physical Health Committee partnered with the Counseling Center and Health Promotions to provide care packages for students. These care packages contained items ranging from tea bags to blankets. During the later virtual event, Dr. Kolb from the Counseling Center and Adrian from Health Promotions helped facilitate a discussion centered around balancing mental health while in college.
From the discussion, there were several takeaways such as how different practices such as poor sleep hygiene and diet can affect your mental health. Contrarily, existing mental health issues that are not addressed affect things such as eating habits, sleep habits, and focusing, etc. On the topic of stress management, Dr. Kolb described how to balance stress to healthy levels that are motivating and not overwhelming. Strategies for this include using a planner, not procrastinating, and taking breaks when necessary are simple ways to regulate stress levels.
Another person who also spoke at the virtual portion of the care package event was Adrian from Health Promotions. During the event, Adrian guided us through a meditation to help show students ways to help calm oneself down through breathing exercises and clearing one’s thoughts and helping release some of the tension one can have in their body when in school or in their daily life. Adrian also discussed how there are also various different apps or programs that can help one learn breathing techniques and prevent stress from hindering one’s ability to perform in school.
When dealing with any issues regarding mental health, the counseling center is always available on campus as a resource, regardless of how small or large the issue may be. This resource is available for group sessions or individual appointments in the second floor of the SAC and all students enrolled in classes are welcome by visiting the link here: https://louisville.edu/counseling . Another resource provided by the counseling center is Therapy Assistance Online (TAO), a free, mobile-friendly app used for managing stress, anxiety, etc that is available for signup using your UofL email at the following link: https://us.taoconnect.org/register
If you’re interested in learning more about what the Mental and Physical Health Committee does, feel free to join our GroupMe by clicking on the following link: https://groupme.com/join_group/52406358/1skHNdD1
6PM via Teams
Next Meeting: 10/25
Mental and Physical Health is dedicated to creating and implementing programming and service opportunities that help to improve, develop, and educate on the health of all students and community members.