There's help to handle any stressor that comes your way this season and throughout the year. Home page photo by Wayne Espinola
TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2015) – ‘Tis the
season for stress – whether the source is school, family, friends – even you –
or all of the above, there are plenty of places to turn to for relief – and
alternatives to a perfect storm-fueled meltdown from the combination of finals, the
holidays and commencement for some. And
there’s no need to wait for a full-blown crisis. Feeling out-of-sorts and just
needing to talk it out to find out what’s going on inside can serve as a
resources are easy to find and readily available. The Counseling Center
accepts walk-ins and offers group counseling sessions as well as regular
programs focused on meditation, building healthy relationships and learning to
getting into and staying in shape has a powerful side effect – an improved
outlook on life. USF’s Recreation Center
is beautiful, well-equipped and inviting facility. Or stay in shape by walking. You don't have to go far. USF's Botanical Gardens invite a relaxing stroll as does the USF Contemporary Art Museum. Both are free.
If simply finding
a quiet place to study is troubling you, the Marshall Student Center became
the Marshall Study Center through Dec. 10 to provide you the environment you need.
Your study group can arrange for space there as well. Students let off steam at
the kickoff celebration on Tuesday in the MSC Atrium and the Midnight
others can provide a lift to the spirits as well. The USF Center for Leadership and Civic
Engagement maintains a list of service opportunities at www.usf.edu/BullSync.
A couple of
projects of note: Volunteers are needed
for meal delivery with Meals on Wheels Dec. 1 to 19. A number of time slots are
available. For more information contact Ida at (813) 238-8410.
also a community giveaway outreach event being held by the International Harvest
Center Church of God Dec. 1 to 12 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Volunteers
are needed to sort giveaway items, make food and care bags, work at an outreach
table, take photos, set up tables and chairs and take on other tasks. For more
information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metropolitan Ministries needs help with its annual
holiday tent, for more information click here
or visit http://www.metromin.org/holiday-central-/volunteer-opportunities.html.
Giving Thanks Helps Too
With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, being thankful doesn't have to end. When it comes to stress, sometimes
simply remembering to feel grateful can be therapeutic. Did you participate in the 30 Days
of Gratitude Challenge? All through
November, as part of a national initiative, students, faculty and staff posted their reasons for feeling grateful in
tweets and in videos on YouTube.
“The field of positive psychology has shown a lot of
research that practicing gratitude can improve mood in people,” said Licensed
Psychologist Nicholas Joyce, on the Center’s counseling staff. “We believe this
could be a fun and interactive way to help our students build these skills in
Joyce and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Heidi Petracco,
part of the center’s administrative staff, are overseeing the project.
“People had fun with it and found unique things to
post about,” Joyce said. “During this stressful time of the year it can be
challenging to show gratitude and it can be done. We have to think beyond the
frustration of writing a final paper and appreciate the fact we are able to be
in college doing this paper in the first place!”
The Counseling Center partnered with USF’s Parent and Family Programs
for their Bulls Day of Gratitude two weeks ago.
Students wrote letters of appreciation to important people in their
lives which were mailed for them. Joyce
encouraged them to “continue that practice of gratitude on a daily basis.”
Once the center staff evaluates the gratitude project, they
will decide whether or not to continue being involved in an active way.
Meanwhile, you can give yourself a lift any time by viewing others’
contributions on Facebook
ahead to when all the stresses go their merry way – as they inevitably will – the Counseling
Center is launching its “Ready, Set, Goal” goal-setting
initiative. When all is said and done, reaching out – whether to USF
resources or friends and family – can result in brighter days to come.
Melendez can be
reached at 813-974-4563