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Mind Matters Workshop 1/18 cancelled due to weather!

See you all next week for the workshop on Imposter Syndrome 🙂

Stay safe and warm, Beavers!

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Winter 2024 Mind Matters Workshop Schedule!

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Howard’s Law on Human Worth

Happy finals week, Beavers! You’re so close to the finish line.

I know this is a challenging time for many students, which is why I thinks it’s a great opportunity to remind you that you are important and valuable– depite how the end of the term shapes up for you.

When life is weighing me down and I feel ‘less than’, I like to remind myself of Claudia A. Howard’s Laws of Human Worth, described below by these 5 axioms:

  1. All have infinite, eternal, and unconditional worth as people.
  2. All have equal worth as people. Worth is not competative or comparative.
  3. Externals neither add to nor diminsh worth. Externals include things like money, looks, performance, and achievements. Worth as a person is unchanging.
  4. Worth is stable and never in jeopardy (even when someone rejects you).
  5. Worth doesn’t have to be earned or proved. It already exists. Just recognize, accept, and appreciate it.

You got this!

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Week 10 Mind Matters Workshop CANCELED

Unfortunetly we have to cancel our last workshop of the term! Mindful Self-care was scheduled for this Wednesday 12/6 at 10am.

But we had a blast running these workshops and look forward to the line-up coming your way next term. The dates for those workshops will be released soon.

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Mind Matters: the COE Mental Health Workshop Series kicks off today!

Please join Shannon for the first ever Mind Matters workshop today at 10am in Kearney Hall 311. Today’s topic, while not the most exciting, is an important one. We will be exploring the various resources on campus that can be helpful when you’re struggling with your mental health. If you can’t make it today, no worries! We will be repeating the presentation next week.

Week 3 is when we get into the good stuff; imposter syndrome and how to tackle it! See below for the other topics to come.

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Preparing for the Fall: Self-Care Strategies for a Strong Mind

The vibrant days of summer are slowly giving way to the crisp air and colorful foliage of fall. For students, this seasonal transition often brings with it the anticipation of new challenges and opportunities. As you gear up for another term of hard work and growth, it’s essential to prioritize your well-being. To help you step into the fall season with confidenct, let’s explore some effective self-care tip and strategies tailored to the unique demands of engineering students.

1. Establish a Balanced Routine

As you prepare for the fall term, take time to establish a well-rounded daily routine that caters to both your academic and personal needs. Allocate specific hours for classes, study sessions, meals, exercise, and relaxation. Maintaining a consistent routine can reduce stress and create a sense of stability, enhancing your overall well-being.

2. Prioritize Sleep Hygiene

Quality sleep is the backbone of productivity and mental clarity. Ensure you’re getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night by practicing good sleep hygiene. Create a comfortable sleep environment, limit screen time before bed, and consider adopting relaxing pre-sleep rituals, such as reading or gentle stretching.

3. Stay Physically Active

Engaging in regular physical activity is crucial for maintaining both your physical and mental health. Incorporate exercise into your routine, whether it’s a morning jog, a yoga session, or a visit to the Dixon Recreation Center. Physical activity can boost your mood, increase energy levels, and improve concentration – all invaluable assets for an engineering student.

4. Embrace Mindfulness and Stress Reduction

Engineering coursework can be demanding, so it’s vital to have stress-reduction techniques in your arsenal. Explore mindfulness practices, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises. These techniques can help you stay present, manage stress, and approach challenges with a clear mind. Explore some of the mindfulness apps available to you for free as an OSU student.

5. Cultivate Social Connections

Amidst the demands of engineering studies, don’t overlook the importance of social interactions. Spending time with friends and classmates can provide a much-needed break from academic pressures. Share your experiences, seek support, and engage in activities that bring joy and connection.

6. Set Realistic Goals

As you gear up for the fall term, set achievable goals that align with your academic aspirations and personal growth. Break down larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps. Celebrate your successes along the way, fostering a sense of accomplishment and motivation.

7. Allocate Time for Hobbies

Nurturing your interests and hobbies outside of engineering is essential for maintaining a well-rounded identity. Whether you love painting, playing a musical instrument, or cooking, dedicating time to your passions can provide a creative outlet and promote relaxation. Drop into, or attend a group, at The Craft Center to engage your creative side!

As you prepare to embrace the fall season and dive into your studies, remember that self-care is not an indulgence but a necessity. Prioritizing your well-being gives you with the strength and resilience needed to excel academically and personally. Here’s to a successful and self-cared-for fall term head!

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Fall 2023 Mental Health Workshops

I’m excited to share with you the Fall 2023 workshop schedule. All workshops will be held in the Kearney Library (KEAR 311) and will be roughly an hour long. Snacks provided!

While these workshops are intended for College of Engineering students, I will not turn anyone away at the dooras long as there is space in the room. Bring your friends!

Week 1Navigating Mental Health Resources on Campus10/3 @ 10am
Week 2Navigating Mental Health Resources on Campus10/11 @ 4pm
Week 3Managing Imposter Syndrome10/19 @ 6pm
Week 4Mindfulness for Stress and Anxiety10/23 @ 3pm
Week 5No workshop
Week 6Creativity and Wellbeing11/6 @ 6pm
Week 7Winter Blues and Depression11/16 @ 6pm
Week 8Thanksgiving-No workshop
Week 9Strategies to Improve Motivation11/28 @ 4pm
Week 10Mindful Self Care12/6 @ 10am
Week 11Finals Week- No workshop

Questions about the workshops can be sent to

Hope to see you there!

What types of workshops would you like to see in the future? Let me know in the comments.

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