Student Wellness Articles

Article | May 2, 2022

Relational Conflict Management
For partnered individuals, ascertaining the types of problems in your relationship(s) is crucial to circumventing conflictual gridlock.   Not all problems are solvable. Research shows that nearly 70% percent of conflicts in relationships are about perpetual problems. These types of problems stem from either foundational differences in personalities that result in recurring conflicts...

Article | May 2, 2022

Body Neutrality
Let’s talk about our bodies. Our bodies are the physical structures we exist in. Society tells us how we are “supposed” to feel about our bodies. If they do not fit the distorted beauty standards that has been created by media; then we shouldn’t be at peace. According to Bolton et al., (2010), dissatisfaction with body image rates have increased due to increases of...

Article | April 4, 2022

How to Respectfully Engage in Relationship Dissolution
“It takes a significant amount of emotional and physical energy to create and maintain a relationship.” One would say, it also takes a significant amount of emotional and physical energy to safely and respectfully end a relationship. You are not alone in thinking about how engaging in relationship dissolution can be difficult, however, relationship shifts and dissolutions are...

Article | April 4, 2022

Masculinity and Mental Health
Disclaimer: Please know that I acknowledge gender fluidity. For simplicity and clarity of this newsletter, I utilized terms of “males,” “men,” “boys,” as the research cited focused solely on cisgender males. Traditional western masculinity has consequences for those beyond this gender binary.   Man up. Boys don’t cry. Suck it up. Be a man!...

Article | March 4, 2022

How to Have Difficult Conversations
One of the first steps in engaging in difficult conversations with others is to better know and understand yourself. Often times we have something that we want to talk about and our energy pushes us to have a dialogue when we have not yet taken inventory of why we want to have the conversation, what our goal in the conversation is, what values are guiding us, and what we might expect regarding...

Article | December 1, 2021

Gratitude
Gratitude. We hear it often, especially as the holidays come up. We feel this expectation of experiencing and vocalizing a heart of gratitude. However, sometimes it can feel difficult to feel gratitude when life is throwing what feels like punches in all different directions.   What are the benefits of having gratitude?   Gratitude boosts the immune system as it increases...

Article | October 25, 2021

Reducing Stress through Mindful Practices
In their 2005 psychological research, the National Science Foundation found that the average person has somewhere between 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. That same year, a follow-up study done by Cornell University showed that 85% of what we think about never happens. Furthermore, for the remaining 15% of what we think about, 79% of participants expressed that they could handle the...

Article | September 27, 2021

Diet Culture
“This is my cheat meal,” “I look so fat,” “I need to exercise more,” are some of a few statements that have slid into our culture that unconsciously support diet culture. As we label “good foods” versus “bad foods” and skip breakfast to account for the “heavy” meal that was eaten the night before, we are buying into a...

Article | September 27, 2021

Establishing Ground Rules for Ethical Non-Monogamy
Establishing Ground Rules for Ethical Non-Monogamy Open relationships aren’t for everyone, but neither is monogamy. Some people who might prefer an open relationship sometimes avoid asking for it as their emotional commitment develops with their partner. However, if monogamy isn’t something you think you’ll be capable of for five or six decades, author Dan Savage suggests...

Article | August 30, 2021

Returning to "Normalcy" After Over a Year of Unprecedented Events
2020 brought with it despair, uncertainty, and worry. People across the world were faced with the difficult task of distancing themselves from those they loved in order to protect others from the COVID-19 virus. On top of this global health pandemic, social and political unrest stormed the United States at the very same time. As we have learned more about this virus and more citizens have been...

Article | August 30, 2021

Need a Break?
Pause! When in the midst of an argument with your partner, do you notice moments where you might shut down? As if you’re physically there but mentally you are long gone? Maybe instead of engaging in the argument with your partner, you start zoning out, avoiding eye contact, yelling uncontrollably, or displaying with your body that you are disengaged. You may be stonewalling....

Article | August 30, 2021

A Simple Guide to Getting Things Done
Getting things done can be hard. As we progress through life we often find ourselves with more responsibilities, hobbies, interestingly eccentric side projects… and less time to do them all. Even with our cloud-based, color-coded, digital calendars some of us utilize to manage our daily work and personal schedules, we can still find ourselves scrambling for the motivation, energy, and...

Article | May 19, 2021

XYZ’s of Sexual Orientations
In December of 2020, an article discussing the ABC’s of relationship orientations was published. This month, we are providing the XYZ’s of sexual orientations. Sexual orientation is an enduring romantic, emotional or sexual attraction, or non-attraction to other people. Sexual orientation can be fluid and people can use a variety of...

Article | May 19, 2021

Not Fitting the Narrative │ Challenging the Shoulds
“Just try to fit in.” We may say this to ourselves in a new group or an unfamiliar social situation. But what does it mean to fit in, and why do we tell ourselves to do it? Evolutionarily, we have needed to be a part of groups for safety, comfort, and overall survival. Often this need to fit in is accompanied by...

Article | April 23, 2021

National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month! This article was written to help spread awareness and challenge the stigma of mental health conditions. The information in this article is provided by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Did you know that 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience...