With the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, now is a good time to think about our health and wellbeing. If you do not have health insurance or are uninsured in the state of Louisiana, it may be beneficial to look into options at healthcare.gov. Open enrollment started November 1st and ends December 15th with coverage beginning January 1, 2017. If you are insured it may be helpful to look into your out-of-state coverage and ensure that you understand how to use your insurance in New Orleans. If you are going home for Thanksgiving, this may be a good time to bring this up with your parents.
This part of the semester can prove to be increasingly stressful. Between midterms, finals, possible homesickness, and changing weather – you may be feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Another stressor may be the climate of the election this year and there may be the urge to discuss politics over break. Keep these conversations civil and recognize that attempting to persuade or defend your position to your family or friends will likely not be productive and may cause unneeded tension. Recognize that every one has differing opinions and are as likely to change their stance, as you are yours. Remember, there are many, many other things to talk about and the holidays should bring people together.
If you feel like you are having trouble adjusting or are feeling anxious or depressed, feel free to visit the University Counseling Center. The UCC provides fully confidential counseling, free of charge, to all currently enrolled Loyola students. The UCC also offers group counseling, currently there are three groups: Grief Processing group, Anxiety Management Workshop Series, and Sexual Assault Survivors group. The UCC provides a case manager to assist students in applying for healthcare and finding providers off campus. We are open M-F from 8:30am – 4:45pm, the UCC also offers a Counselor on Call 24/7, 365 days/year. If it is after hours please call the UCC at (504) 865-3835 and press 1 to speak to a counselor. Please visit the website or call (504) 865-3835 during regular business hours for more information about the UCC:
Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!