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Healthy Ways To Manage Stress

July 21st, 2015

Life is tough sometimes. It can be great one minute, and not so great the next. All it takes is one flat tire, a concerning phone call, or a surprise illness to send your day or week into a whirlwind. In those times of stress, how do you cope?

There are many ways to combat stress, though not all are healthy. What works for you, might not work at all for others, so it is best to try to find a few techniques that help YOU manage stressful situations in a healthy and positive way!

I, for one, like to take space when stressed out. It might be as simple as taking a hot shower alone to relax or taking a 15 minute drive around town to gather your thoughts. Another great way to energize your mind and body while being alone is to take a power nap. Shut off distractions and allow yourself to doze off for a few minutes.

Exercise can help destress and have fun at the same time. A fitness class or circuit weight program will get you off your feet and moving, releasing feel good endorphins in your body!

Finding support is key to relieving stress as well as maintaining general well-being. Talking on the phone with a family member or loved one, sitting down with a close friend, or even making an appointment with CAPS are all ways to release stress and vent.

The most important thing with fighting stress is doing so in a healthy and positive way. There are ways that may work today, but you might be regretting it soon after.

Find what works for you, and Be Well!

 

What are healthy ways you de-stress? Comment and tell us how!

 

 

It’s Hot Out There – Here Are Some No-Stove Dinners!

July 14th, 2015

With summer in full swing in Oregon the temperature can be unbearable at times. My house can get really hot in the evening, and making dinner that requires the stove can add what feels like 10 degrees to my already baking hot house. Here is a list of 3 simple and healthy dinners that can be made without the use of a stove or oven!

Asian Chicken Salad Wraps—get the recipe here!

This is an easy recipe that requires a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, and Asian inspired ingredients to create a delicious, warm-weather friendly wrap. You can even use pre-cooked shrimp to add a different flavor to this recipe as well!

2. Creamy Spinach and Shrimp Dip—check out the dip recipe here!

This recipe can be used as an appetizer or a meal in itself! All you need is a food processor and a refrigerator!

3. Hummus and Feta Sandwiches—click here for this easy recipe!

Simple, nutritious sandwiches that can be for lunch or dinner! Who doesn’t have an absurdly large amount of hummus sitting in their refrigerator at all times?

I hope these recipes can give you a quick and easy meal without turning your house into a flaming inferno. Try substituting things into these meals to add your own flair!

Be Well, and stay cool!

Summer Health Tips

June 9th, 2015

School is coming to an end and the sun is finally coming out, which means….summer is coming! What better way to kick off summer than a ways to maximize the beautiful weather and use this summer as a way to get healthier? Follow these fun and easy tips to make this summer the best one yet.

 

  1. Drink water! Soda and juice doesn’t quench your thirst on a hot summer day quite like water does, and it takes no more effort than, well, filling up something with water. If you switched to water only for the summer rather than drinking one 20oz soda, 3 times a week, at the end of the season you will save 7,500 calories! That’s over two pounds of body fat exclusively from soda!

 

  1. Commit yourself to utilizing the weather! Last summer I was so excited when school ended because I could go camping, I could float the river, I could even exercise outside. But as summer dwindled, I realized I took one camping trip, I worked out in a commercial gym, even though a large portion of my workouts consisted of cardio, and the river was never floated. Use what Corvallis gives to us! This weather doesn’t last forever, so use it or lose it.

 

 

  1. Stay safe in the sun! If you are following rule one and two, then you have been outside a lot and are very well hydrated. But don’t forget the sun is cruel. One moment it will be your friend, and the next you look like a more red, and a more pained version of your self. Sunscreen is important to use and to keep on hand. And remember to REAPPLY! Stash some in your glove box of your car, so even if you forget, you will still have backup. Unless you forget that too.

 

Have a safe and successful summer! Be Well Be Orange

Try This: New Ways to Be Well This Spring

April 6th, 2015

Heading into campus this morning I couldn’t help but notice how brilliantly green and lush Corvallis looks. It seems that over Spring Break plant life in every form got together and decided it was time to make an appearance. In the spirit of new growth and a new term, I want to challenge readers to find a new way to Be Well this term. There are an abundance of resources on campus, and the beautiful spring weather makes it easy to find new activities to do outside. If there is anything you have wanted to try, now is the time! Here are just a few suggestions:

Manage Stress

  • Mindfulness Meditation: CAPS hosts these drop-in meditation sessions for students every Tuesday from 3-4. This is a great stress reducer, and no registration is required! www.counseling.oregonstate.edu

Eat Healthy

  • Nutrition Outreach: UHDS offers tutorials at dining halls on Thursdays highlighting a variety of healthy eating tips. Upcoming classes focus on Quick N’ Easy meals, Snacks, and Protein. For a full list of classes as well as locations, be sure to check out their website at: oregonstate.edu/uhds
  • Spring is an amazing time to start trying new fruits and vegetables as well! Local produce is more widely available each month. Asparagus, lettuce, mushrooms, garlic, onions and potatoes are all in season right now. Challenge yourself to make a new healthy meal with something grown right in this community!

Be Active

  • Intramural sports are an awesome way to try out a new sport and connect with new friends. They have everything from soccer to ultimate Frisbee to pickleball. For more information, visit their website: recsports.oregonstate.edu
  • There are also tons of hiking and biking trails throughout Corvallis. Whether you want to try out a hike in a new spot or even ride your bike on one of the many multi-use paths in town, there is plenty of opportunity for a new adventure. Don’t have any equipment? The Adventure Leadership Institute at Dixon has tons of equipment to rent – it’s even affordable!

Build Community

  • OSU has so many opportunities for students to connect with each other on campus. You can learn something new about another culture by attending an event hosted by one of the seven cultural centers on campus. Here is their website and calendar: oregonstate.edu/oei
  • LaSells Student center hosts a variety of events, lectures and exhibits. This is a great way to learn more about a topic of interest, or even discover something new. Head to their site for a full calendar of events: www.oregonstate.edu/lasells

Have fun, and Be Well!

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