In the fast paced world of graduate school, where stress is a regular aspect of student life, it is easy to get overwhelmed, burned out, and lose your psychological and emotional stability. Wellness is defined as an overall feeling produced by a healthy balance of your mind, body, and spirit and as a constant, conscious, and evolving pursuit to live your life to your fullest potential, in all possible respects. Wellness allows us to pursue our goals, whether academic, professional, or personal, with freedom and clarity. It grows our happiness, self-esteem, and ultimately, our success.
The ancient Chinese Proverb states that "tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are." It has also been said that "a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step" (Lao-Tzu). In this presentation, students will be shown how to take steps towards investing in their wellness and how to effectively manage stress while in graduate school and beyond. Students will also practice a variety of stress relieving techniques, including visualization, mindfulness mediation, creative problem solving, and journal writing.