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Well being resources for the Mitchell Hamline Community.

Finals Wellness Tips

  • Move

    Movement helps physical and mental health. As little as 51 minutes a WEEK (only 7 minutes a day) can reduce stress and increase happiness. Even if you can’t commit to exercise, standing up every 30 minutes is great for your health.

  • Take a power nap

    Hitting the snooze for only 20 minutes can help relax and rejuvenate.

  • Retire the grays

    Try to wear bright colors like yellow or orange. These colors are associated with energy and optimism. Try it! It’ll give your mood a boost.

  • Hydrate

    Start your day with a healthy routine. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning (ok, then you can have coffee).

  • Eat well

    Try to have a healthy, balanced diet full of colorful, real foods (not just chips and candy). Healthy eating helps you feel more engaged, curious, creative, and fulfilled.

  • Power off

    Limit “blue light” before bed – turn off electronics and try not to check texts or email. Blue light can trick your brain into thinking it is daytime. So, power down to increase your sleep quality and quantity. 

  • Work hard and be kind

    Do something kind for someone else. Performing random acts of kindness activates your brain with “feel good” emotions.

  • Practice gratitude

    In the morning and/or evening, take a minute and list things you are grateful for. Being grateful can have a profound effect on decreasing overall stress levels and help you sleep!

  • Be positive

    The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. Think positive – you got this!

  • Practice mindfulness

    Mindfulness can increate concentration, improve attention, decrease anxiety, and decrease stress. It doesn’t take long to be mindful and in the moment. Try the Mindfulness Five: Close your eyes. Breathe. Think of:

    • 5 things you can see
    • 4 things you can feel
    • 3 things you can hear
    • 2 things you can smell
    • 1 thing you can taste
  • Take it a step at a time
    • You don’t have to do everything or be everything. And, you certainly don’t have to do it all at once. Block your calendar and chunk your “to do” list. Get the more important items done first.
    • Remember to block off time for a break and intentionally do something for yourself.
  • Breathe
    • Repeat to yourself: I am strong enough. I am smart enough. I can do this. I got this.
    • Believe. Trust the process.

Stress Management

Physical Wellness

Time Management