It’s that time of the year again: midterms. Every college student, past and present, has at some point or another felt anxiety and stress induced by midterms. While it’s natural to be a little nervous before a big test, midterms especially can cause some unwanted anxiety, stress, and pressure. Though it may seem like there is nothing you can do because midterms are part of class requirements, you can learn how to manage your anxiety. One of the ways to do this is through the practice of mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a state of awareness in the present moment. When you are mindful, you are aware of your body, your mind, and your feelings. You listen to what you are thinking and feeling, however, you do not pass judgement on your thoughts and emotions. You notice what you are thinking and feeling, however, you notice your thoughts and emotions for what they are: not truth or fact, but thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness can also allow you to truly experience and enjoy the present moment instead of worrying about the past or the future. Though you may be thinking “easier said than done” while reading this, engaging in mindfulness is possible!

If you find yourself interested in learning about mindfulness techniques and exercises, or if you want to learn other ways to manage your anxiety, The University Counseling Center is offering free anxiety management group counseling throughout the fall semester:

Tuesday, 10/20/15

Self-Care and Stress Management

Gil Lerma, MA

Wednesday, 10/21/15

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Asia Wong, LMSW

Wednesday, 10/28/15

Automatic Thoughts and Cognitive Distortions

Alicia Bourque, PhD

Wednesday, 11/04/15

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Erin Shapiro, LPC

Wednesday, 11/11/15

Self-Care and Stress Management

Gil Lerma, MA

Thursday,  11/19/15

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Asia Wong, LMSW

Thursday,  12/03/15

Automatic Thoughts and Cognitive Distortions

Alicia Bourque, PhD

Thursday, 12/10/15

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Erin Shapiro, LPC

Thursday,  12/17/15

Self-Care and Stress Management

Gil Lerma, MA

All groups meet from 12:30-1:30 PM in Marquette 112. No pre-registration is necessary, and you are welcome to join at any time. Call the UCC at 504-865-3835 or e-mail awong@loyno.edu for more information.

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