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

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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.

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Seasonal allergies, also referred to as “hay fever,” are rampant in the south.  Seasonal allergies, like other allergies, develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people.  It can cause sneezing, itchy or red eyes, sore throat, itching of the throat or ears, stuffy nose, headaches, and or a runny nose. Many people have seasonal allergies as children or young adults and, the life-long symptoms can wax and wane over time.

According to recent news broadcast that aired on WWLTV, The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says New Orleans is one of the worst places to live for people who have allergies.  Conferring is Dr. Ken Paris, a pediatric allergist and immunology specialist with LSU Health Science Center, “Allergy season is pretty much year round in New Orleans.  It starts in the spring with tree pollen and extends into the summer with grass.  Since we don’t always freeze in the winter, grass pollen can go into the winter months.”

Seasonal allergies are usually diagnosed by your doctor or a medical provider after having performed an exam and possibly allergy testing.  Although allergy testing is not performed at Loyola Student Health, you can be treated based on your symptoms and/or referred to a local allergist.  Allergy shots are usually reserved for those individuals with severe allergies that have been tested by a specialist.

Treatment for seasonal allergies includes salt water nose rinses; steroid nose sprays, antihistamines such as Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra, and decongestants.  In fact, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recently released two steroid nasal sprays, Flonase and Nasacort that assist in decreasing the inflammation that occurs in the nasal passageways during the allergy season. These medications, once only available by prescription, are now sold over the counter in the allergy section at your local drugstore.

The best way to prevent seasonal allergies is to know your triggers, start taking antihistamines 2-4 weeks before the environmental exposure, and to try to avoid those exposures as much as possible.  According to the medical website, ways to prevent exposures include the following:

  1. Stay indoors on windy days.
  2. If you are outside, change and wash your clothes as soon as you remove them.
  3. Keep your windows to your car and homes closed during the spring and, use the air conditioner.
  4. Take a shower before bed to wash off the pollen from your hair and skin.
  5. Use dust mite pillow covers.

For more information about this topic and other health-related concerns, please call Loyola’s Student Health Services at 504-865-3326

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Special guest post from Abbie Levenson, Social Work Intern:

A little self-disclosure here, but I love The Oscars. It can be entertaining and satisfying to see deserving people be rewarded for their extraordinary talents in acting, directing and even costume design and sound editing. Although it has been about a week since the award ceremony, there is one Oscar acceptance speech that everybody is still talking about. Graham Moore, who won the Best Adapted Screenplay category for The Imitation Game, delivered an inspirational and heartfelt message to the people who are “different.”

Here is an excerpt from his speech:

“I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I’m standing here,” he said. “I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along.” To see the speech in its entirety, go to The Huffington Post.

Moore’s speech raises awareness of suicide, and it is important to know the signs of suicidal thinking. Here are some signs:

• Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.

• Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.

• Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.

• Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.

• Talking about being a burden to others.

• Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.

• Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.

• Sleeping too little or too much.

• Withdrawn or feeling isolated.

• Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.

• Displaying extreme mood swings.

• Preoccupation with death.

• Loss of interest in things one cares about.

• Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.

• Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.

• Giving things away, such as prized possessions.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, you can call the UCC and make an appointment with a counselor. In case of an emergency, call 911 or head to the emergency room to prevent a suicide attempt or death. You can also call LUPD who can get you in touch with a counselor in the event of a crisis after-hours or on weekends. Remember to take thoughts or plans of suicide seriously, but know that help is available and that life can get better!

Here are some numbers you can call to receive help:

• The UCC: (504)-865-3838

• LUPD: (504)-865-3434

• The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

• 911


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Life at Loyola can be fun and exciting while at the same time stressful and demanding.  A visit to the University Counseling Center (UCC) could be your answer to staying balanced as you navigate the responsibilities of being a student this spring.  Your on-campus UCC provides mental healthcare for all currently enrolled Loyola students including residential, commuter, full-time and part-time.  Our staff in the UCC provide a range of experience and expertise and are made up of a licensed psychologist, a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed professional counselor and a license-eligible professional counselor.  The UCC also has a part-time contracted psychiatrist on staff.  You can check out our individual biographies on our main page at

We are located on the second floor of the Danna Student Center, directly above the Orleans Room (OR).  Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:45pm.  We provide individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, ADHD testing, and medication management appointments.  Counseling services are provided for concerns such as anxiety, relationship difficulties, adjustment issues, ADHD, and depression, just to name a few.  UCC staff can also make referrals to local specialists and psychiatrists in the area, if needed.

If you would like to make an appointment, simply call (504)-865-3835 or visit the UCC in the Danna Student Center.  It is best to call or stop by to schedule your appointment as soon as you need assistance.  If you need assistance after-hours or on weekends for a mental health emergency, please call LUPD at 504.865.3434 and ask to speak with the counselor on-call.  A UCC staff member is on-call 24/7/365.

There is no cost beyond your tuition for an appointment at the UCC.  However, there are fees for prescriptions.  If you receive a prescription from the UCC consulting psychiatrist, you will need to have that medication filled at a local pharmacy.  We can provide you with a list of nearby pharmacies.

Strict confidentiality laws are firmly respected in the UCC.  All medical records are kept strictly confidential and are not a part of the student’s academic record.  Medical records are only released with the signed consent of the student.  For more information on the UCC, please visit our website at

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Have a great Mardi Gras!

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Join us for Carnival at Loyola! The fun starts at 12:30 at the St. Ignatius Statue in the Peace Quad!

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Curious about the calorie count in King Cake? A one-inch slice has  100 calories. That means 25 minutes of strolling along the parade route will burn off those calories! HEAL will be giving out King Cake, along with info on how to stay healthy during Mardi Gras in the One Loyola room from 11-1. Stop by!

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For more tips and a FREE tee-shirt, stop by the One Loyola room today between 11-1!

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