Student Wellness Articles

Need a Break? written by Jean Thomas, M.A.
XYZ’s of Sexual Orientations written by Keely Johnson, M.A.
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...
Not Fitting the Narrative │ Challenging the Shoulds written by Erin Garwood, M.A.
“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...
National Mental Health Awareness Month written by Keely Johnson, M.A.
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...
“I’m sorry you feel that way”┃Understanding Gaslighting written by Erin Garwood, M.A.
“You are too sensitive.” “It was just a joke.” “This is all your fault.” “I never said that, you made that up.” “You really need to develop thicker skin.” If these phrases sound familiar, you may have experienced something called gaslighting. Gaslighting refers to a form of psychological manipulation aimed at making the victim feel confused, isolated, and cognitively impaired. By using such phrases...
Tired of Adulting? How to foster fun and play in your partnership(s) written by Keely Johnson, M.A.
Times are tough and stress levels may be high. Take a moment to reflect on the last 6 months… You and your partner(s) may have experienced the quarantine, ice storm, snow storm, interpersonal conflict, familial stress, school stress and work stress together. When is the last time you and your partner(s) have...
Sexual Assault in Healthcare written by Erin Garwood, M.A.
Over the last few years, movements such as MeToo and TimesUp have aimed to spotlight the ongoing problem of sexual assault and harassment. April is national sexual assault awareness month and this article will focus specifically on sexual assault and harassment in the medical and health care professions. Sexual assault within these systems is pervasive and often underreported or not reported at all. Due, at least in part to this, the research on this topic is often not representative of the whole problem. Sexual harassment is often perpetrated against...
Criticism vs Expressing Frustration written by Keely Johnson, M.A.
The COVID-19 pandemic, politics, and everyday life can impact people mentally, physically, emotionally and interpersonally. As conflict has become more prominent in our daily lives, talking to partner(s), family, or friends may become...
Communicating Effectively When Intimidated written by Erin Garwood, M.A.
Have you ever had the experience of trying to talk to someone when you are nervous or scared of the interaction or of the other person? You realize you can’t find the words, or you just keep thinking about why all of a sudden you are so sweaty! You may end up not...
The ABCs of Relationship Orientations written by Erin Garwood, M.A.
You may have heard some terms about relationships that have confused you such as poly, partners, monogamous, or aromantic. These terms all explain different types of relationship orientations, which means the way in which people...
Receiving and Accepting Feedback written by Keely Johnson, M.A.
As the fall semester has come to an end and the New Year is beginning, feedback from professors, supervisors, and training sites may be underway. You may have experienced receiving feedback before based on your performance in multiple areas of your life such as from coaches for sporting events, reviews at work, from teachers and professors, and possibly within...
Self-regulation and the 5 Love Languages written by Keely Johnson, M.A.
The 5 Love Languages have become popular topics of discussion in the dating world and within partnerships. Dr. Gary Chapman created the popular book The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, which describes five things that people do to express and feel loved by others.  He discusses how the love languages can aid in...
Resiliency: Fact and Fiction written by Erin Garwood, M.A.
It may go without saying that this year has been an ongoing string of difficult experiences that may have truly tested your ability to keep motivated and moving forward. A powerful concept that may contribute to your ability to keep moving forward is resiliency. There are several common misunderstandings about...