So Much For A Mental Health Day

So Much For A Mental Health Day

I wish I could take a mental health day.

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West Chester University cares about its students. That's why on October 10th they have blessed us with a mental health day.

12:00-1:00, they are showing a documentary titled "It's Real: College Students and Mental Health". This documentary focuses on depression and other mental health conditions on campuses and how to seek help.

1:00-2:00, the WCU Counseling Center Therapy Dogs will be in Sykes. We have the cutest dogs who love to be pet, will do tricks for you, and cuddle up next to you when they sense you need it.

2:00-3:00 is a "Just Talk About It," Minding Your Mind Presentation. This presentation is all about the warning signs you can find in yourself and your peers, the negative coping mechanisms college students use and how to positively cope.

6:00-8:00 there is a Kevin Hines documentary, "Suicide: The Ripple Effect". In this documentary, you will hear about the ripple effects of suicide, told by Kevin Hines who attempted suicide but is now a mental health advocate and motivational speaker.

While I appreciate the effort WCU went through to educate us, it's not what I personally need. Our mental health day is dedicated to people who don't know all of the signs.

I know exactly what warning signs I show. I know when I need to take a break. I know my negative coping mechanisms and how to bounce back from them in a positive way.

Instead of attending any of these Mental Health Day events, I will be attending 6 classes that I can't afford to miss.

Yes, you hear me right. 6 classes. To most college students, that sounds crazy. You may be thinking "but I take 6 classes in total." That's good for you, but I have 10 classes in total, plus a total of 10 hours of work a week.

A Mental Health Day event does not appeal to someone like me.

What I need is a day off. Excused absences. I haven't had a single free weekend since the semester started. I haven't had a chance to catch my breath, and that's all I need. At 12, I am taking a 30 min lunch break to relax, I have class at 1, 2, and 3. By the time I get out of class, it's 6 and that doesn't include the extracurricular time commitments I have that night.

If you're available, you should definitely check out at least one of these hourly events. You will learn so much, not just about others, but yourself.

While this event is helpful for the majority of campus, it does not extend to all of its students' needs.

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10 Bible Verses for Self Esteem

Sometimes you need to search for inner strength and find your own self worth.
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We all get those days that we just don't feel good enough for anything. Everything is going wrong. For me, I go to the bible to read the words of God. His personal dialog for us is filled with encouragement, hope, and lessons we can learn from. Here are my top ten verses that are uplifting and impacting when at the lowest of lows:

1. Philippians 4:13:

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.

2. Psalm 46:5

God is within her, she will not fall.

3. Proverbs 31:25

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

4. Psalm 28:76

The Lord is my strength and my shield.

5. 1 Corinthians 25:10

By the grace of God, I am what I am.

6. Romans 5:8

I loved you at your darkest.

7. Psalm 62:5-6

Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on Him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure.

8. 2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

9. 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10. 2 Chronicles 20:15

The battle is not ours, but God's.

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11 Things You NEVER Say To A College Girl Trying To Get Into Shape

Just never talk about a person's weight.

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When my family and friends joked that I was going to gain 15 pounds in my freshman year of college as a result of the "Freshman 15," I thought it was what it was supposed to be: a joke. However, as the year has come to an end, I realized that I actually did put on a couple of pounds, albeit it wasn't the predicted 15.

As I told those that I wanted to get into an ideal shape for my body, I was met with some insensitive and ignorant remarks. Everyone thought that I mean just losing the weight I had put on.

1. "You walk to all of your classes, why aren't you losing weight that way?"

My legs are more toned than they ever have been before. However, most of the weight I have been gaining has gone directly to my gut (annoying!) and walking does not remedy that. Unfortunately, I have to stick to ab workouts.

2. "But you look fine to me!"

I don't feel healthy to myself. I'm not trying to stay in shape for anyone else, just myself, thanks. I appreciate you trying to make me feel better about my body image but I know something has to be done.

3. "I didn't gain any weight in college."

Good for you. I did. I'm trying to do something about it.

4. "Just stop drinking."

I don't drink. Really, the only liquid I consume is water or iced tea. I don't like soda and alcohol makes me nauseous way too easily.

5. "Isn't the gym free on campus for students?"

Yes, but some people don't like working out in front of others. I am one of those people. My friend lives in an apartment complex that has their own gym and almost no one is ever there but not everyone has that luxury. Also, some are busy and do not have time for a quick jog or to stretch.

6. "You should try this diet/pills/exercise routine."

I am thankful that you are trying to help but my diet is just eating healthy and having a few cheat days in between. I know what exercises work best for me and I am just not taking pills. Bodies adjust differently.

7. "Don't starve/force yourself to throw up."

Trust me, I know. I'm trying to lose the weight healthily. If you do find yourself practicing unhealthy eating habits or realizing your body image is deteriorating, the NEDA Hotline is (800) 931-2237. Please reach out if you are going through hardships.

8. "Won't you have to buy a whole new wardrobe?"

If I drop (or even add) a size or two. We grow out and grow tired of clothes on the regular, what's the difference if you have to buy some because of a weight change? Plus, who doesn't love buying new clothes?

9. "Just eat healthier."

Didn't think of it! Options are limited at college where the dining halls don't offer all that much that is actually good for your body. Now that I'm at home, it's easier. But I'm already trying to eat healthy.

10. "You've evened out since the last time I saw you!"

This is code for you've put on some weight. I hear it mostly from older relatives because my friends will flat out tell me if I've gotten a little chunky.

11. "You're just stressed."

Personally, this one gets me livid. I do admit that when I am stressed or anxious, I do turn to food for comfort but when I am delighted and genuinely happy, will my body magically revert into a fit state?

Sadly, no.

Honestly, I am just trying to get my body back into shape. For me, that means cutting back on greasy foods and kicking a bad habit of sitting on my butt all day. For others, it could mean more or less. As long as your body is in good physical condition and you are content, the number on the scale and others' thoughts shouldn't matter. Take care of yourself.

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