This free training prepares volunteers to be first responders to survivors of sexual violence. The itinerary includes presentations from various campus and community experts on the following: contextualization of sexual violence, medical and legal resources, Loyola’s resources and requirements, and empathic listening skill development. Our spring training will be held THIS SATURDAY, April 18, 2015 from 8:45a.m. to 4p.m. in the Octavia Room (2nd floor Danna Center). Please RSVP to Alison Cofrancesco by Wednesday, April 15th at aacofran@loyno.edu or via phone at 504-865-3835.

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Concerned about your substance use? Take an on-line assessment here. Want to talk about the results? Make an appointment to talk to a trained mental health professional at the University Counseling Center by calling 504-865-3835.

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Concerned about your substance use? Take an on-line assessment here. Want to talk about the results? Make an appointment to talk to a trained mental health professional at the University Counseling Center by calling 504-865-3835.

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Concerned about your substance use? Take an on-line assessment here. Want to talk about the results? Make an appointment to talk to a trained mental health professional at the University Counseling Center by calling 504-865-3835.

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Concerned about your substance use? Take an on-line assessment at http://counsellingresource.com/lib/quizzes/drug-testing/drug-abuse. Want to talk about the results? Make an appointment to talk to a trained mental health professional at the University Counseling Center by calling 504-865-3835.

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It’s getting to be that time again; the end of the semester is near and the stress of getting everything done is starting to pile up. How can you begin to actively work towards effectively and appropriately alleviating some of that stress? Experiment with these and see what happens.

  • Be Thankful

“Make a gratitude list” and say “thank you.” When under stress, sit down and make a list of all the things and people you are grateful for. If possible, call or write those you are grateful to and let them know of your gratitude. Don’t forget to listen to their response.

  • Eat Healthy

Eating properly can help reduce stress. It might be cliché to say but we really are what we eat. Therefore, if we take in more junk and fast-food then we are more likely to feel like junk, sluggish, unmotivated, etc. On the other hand, if we take in more healthy food then we are more likely to feel healthier, motivated, proactive, etc.

  • Enjoy the Weather and Be Active

It’s spring time! Enjoy the weather by basking in the sun and soaking up some vitamin D. Be active! Instead of using your energy to stress, choose to use it productively.

  • Find Peace

Meditate. Meditation can be anything that helps you to make genuine contact with the present (reading, exercising, listening to music, dancing, etc.). Use breathing, relaxation and mindfulness skills. Take a walk either solo, with friends, or with pets.

  • Think Positively

Smile. Be able to laugh at yourself. Practice positive self-talk and keep a positive frame of mind. “Always look on the bright side of your life.”

  • Have a Plan

Make a daily realistic schedule and stick with it. Prepare and rehearse a positive way to respond to a particular stressor. Get a healthy amount of quality sleep – neither too much nor too little.

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Concerned about your substance use? Take an on-line assessment at http://counsellingresource.com/lib/quizzes/drug-testing/drug-abuse. Want to talk about the results? Make an appointment to talk to a trained mental health professional at the University Counseling Center by calling 504-865-3835.

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I know that you’ve probably heard about it and know of at least one person who has it…the infamous, MONO!  So what exactly is it and how do you avoid it?

 Infectious Mononucleosis (mono) is a viral infection that causes fever, sore throat, fatigue, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, and cold-like symptoms.  It is very prevalent on college campuses because it most commonly occurs in adolescents and young adults.  It is not generally considered a serious illness, but it can lead to significant time away from school and work due to severe fatigue.

 Mono is spread from person to person through contact with saliva; such as kissing and sharing of eating utensils or drinking glasses with a person who is sick with mono.  Many people believe that they are bound to get mono when their friend or roommate is diagnosed.   This is a big misconception.  Mono is only spread through contact with saliva.  It is not airborne nor is it spread from shaking hands or hugging.  You can help prevent the spread of mono by washing your hands frequently and not sharing drinking glasses or eating utensils with anyone.     

 Mono is a viral illness; therefore, antibiotics are not used for treatment.  Also, there are no antiviral medications to treat it.  The treatment plan includes, getting plenty of REST, staying well hydrated, and taking Tylenol/Advil as needed.  Students can return to school whenever they feel better.  Symptoms usually improve within one to two weeks.  Most people recover from the severe fatigue within two to four weeks; however, for some it can last for several weeks to months.  Adequate rest is extremely important.

 Many people with mono can develop an enlarged spleen, which can last for a few weeks or longer.  Because of this, it is recommended to avoid sports activities or heavy lifting for approximately four weeks.

 If you have any further questions about mono, please feel free to call Student Health Services at 504.865.3326 or stop by our clinic located in the lower level of the Danna Student Center, just below the Orleans Room. 

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For Compassionate Campus Week every member of the Loyola community is encouraged to share what “compassion” means to him or her, share acts of compassion on campus, and be compassionate towards each other. Come to the One Loyola room between 11-1 Monday, March 23rd, through Wednesday March 25th, and reflect on what compassion means to you. Record compassionate acts you have witnessed around campus, or pick up a random act of kindness.

 

 

6 Ways to bring more COMPASSION into your life

1. Self-Compassion Practice Comes First

Care and love towards others has its origins in care and love for oneself. You can only give to others what you have already cultivated within yourself. If you aren’t loving towards yourself, you will certainly criticize and expect the worst in others. Learning to have more compassion requires us to make the radical shift to assume the best in ourselves and others. Develop self-compassion by asking yourself this when you feel pain “This is a difficult for me right now, how can I comfort and care for myself in this moment?” Recognize all of us suffer, make mistakes and are imperfect, it’s part of the shared human experience. Who said the goal was for us to be perfect anyway?

2. Be Aware of the Suffering of Others

To be compassionate toward others, we need to notice the suffering around us. If we overlook our friends pain, ignore the homeless person on the street or think someone else will help those affected by atrocities around the world, we can’t feel compassionate for others. To be aware, we have to practice being present and opening our eyes and hearts to connect to people around us. Once we care for others suffering, rather than mere pity, we will shift towards being more compassionate.

3. Feel the pain; but don’t get consumed

When we see someone in distress and our heart responds by feeling moved to lessen their pain, that is the essence of feeling another’s pain. This comes from a place of empathy and desire to help without expectation. This differs from listening to someone vent about their challenges and absorbing their negativity. When you get sucked into their drama and feel their anger, you deplete your own energy and are of no benefit or positivity to the person you seek to help.

4. Build Genuine Human Connections

We lead private lives, choose what we share with others and numb our emotions to avoid feeling discomfort. No wonder we have no feelings of empathy towards strangers or people in our life. Building genuine connections requires us to find the common thread between all of us: pain. Our painful life experiences are different, but the underlying pain we feel is the same. By being vulnerable and sharing our story with those who deserve to hear it, we feel connected to others. Feeling the pain of others requires us to recognize that our similarities far outweigh our differences.

5. Accept Other’s Life Experiences

We aren’t here to fight the battles of others, change their life situation or lecture them about how they should live their life. Sometimes people share their story to be heard, not for our advice. In some situations the best thing to say is “I may not understand exactly how you feel, but I want you to know you don’t have to go through this alone.” We have to recognize that people are exactly where they need to be in this moment. We are here to bring relief to their situation and respect each of our individual journeys.

6. Be Kind to All

Having compassion means you offer kindness regardless of others attitudes or mistakes. The best way to practice this is by the loving kindness meditation. As you go about your day, silently bless the people you meet in your mind. “I send you love, happiness and peace in all areas of your life.” Kindness isn’t made up of grand gestures; it is a compilation of small acts of warmth. It’s a genuine smile, listening without judgment, a warm embrace or touch on a shoulder that can make another person feel your kindness and positive vibrations.

Our world is in dire need for compassionate souls who are willing to selflessly help others. Lack of compassion in our world is a shared human reality. We can make the world a more compassionate place, if we do our part to make ourselves more compassionate.

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” ~ Dalai Lama

Compiled by Tejal Patel

What does Compassion mean to you?

Post your answer at https://www.facebook.com/LoynoCompassions

 

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Are you thinking of choosing a tobacco free lifestyle and are curious about the more immediate and long-term benefits of doing so? The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment of smoking cessation. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.

How does your body recover after certain amounts of time?

20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.

12 hours: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

2 – 3 weeks/months: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.

1-9 months: Coughing and shortness of breath decreases; cilia start to regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.

1 year: the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s.

5 years: Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Smoke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.

10 years: The risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases.

15 years: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.

Tips for becoming tobacco free

  1. Don’t quit cold-turkey; slowly wean yourself off tobacco products.
  2. Try nicotine-replacement therapy such as nicotine gum and nicotine patches.
  3. Tell friends and family that you’re quitting so they can help support you.
  4. Find additional ways to relieve stress.
  5. Avoid the activities you typically associated with using tobacco products.
  6. Be physical and exercise more.
  7. Know why you’re quitting, pick a reason and focus on it.
  8. Do not try dieting in addition to quitting tobacco products; too much deprivation at once can just be too much.
  9. Choose a reward for yourself and reward yourself often.
  10. Relapse happens; don’t let it prevent you from quitting.

For more information please visit: www.tobaccofreeliving.org

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