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Healing with Self-Reflection

With more vaccines being distributed and a small sense of normalcy beginning to shape. Now can be a good time to look back, and reflect on the past year, the pandemic’s effects, and the way you have individually handled all the transitions.

Reflection is a trained skill, that can often be overlooked in healing and self-care. With so many action items on our plates and constant stimulation, finding the place to start can be difficult.

A good place to start can be:

  • Appreciation: What moments in the last week have you truly appreciated. What events impacted your ability to find gratitude in these moments

  • Identify Positive Emotions: Gratitude is an important skill that can reframe an experience we didn’t initially enjoy. Try thinking through the scenarios where you felt calm, relaxed or in control.

  • Learning Opportunities: Exploring ways we can learn and grow is equally as important part of reflecting. Try asking yourself what you have learned, or what you would do differently next time.

  • Recognizing what Recharges you : Practice mindfulness by pointing out moments that you feel recharged. Who were you surrounded by,? were you spending more time by yourself? This can also help us better identify our individual needs.

Meditation is a practice that can increase awareness, and mindfulness. This can help us better recognize when we need to reflect and identify what we are feeling. Some tips to integrate a mediation practice into your daily routine include:

  • Set aside 5-10 minutes in the morning or at night to build a routine

  • Find a comfortable place to sit

  • Half close or completely close your eyes to block out visual distractions

  • Start with a few deep breaths to calm your body. In through your noise for 5 seconds and out through your mouth for 5 seconds.

Looking for ways to get involved in health & wellness on campus?

Campus Recreation is hiring Aquatics and Carolina Adventures staff for this coming summer and fall semester! We're looking for Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, Climbing Instructors, Expeditions Staff and Challenge Course Facilitators. If you're staying in Chapel Hill this summer, enjoy the warm weather and work outdoors on-campus. Join our team and develop real-world experience and these top 5 qualities of professional growth: Customer Service, Personal Responsibility, Teaching, Risk Management, and Social Justice & Inclusion. We offer flexible scheduling, paid training, job promotions, and professional development opportunities.

View the current openings, job descriptions, and contact information specific to each position at campusrec.unc.edu/employment.

Hha!s, the Healthy Heels Ambassadors, are looking for students interested in serving as peer educators in various avenues of health and wellness. These students look to inspire change toward better wellness for all through education.

Click here to apply or learn more about becoming an hha

Sunday 4/ 18

Hours for Health and Wellbeing Services

UNC Student COVID Vaccination Clinic

Carolina Student Vaccination Clinic is open Wednesdays from 9am - 7pm and other weekdays from 9 am - 5 pm. Select both weeks in the booking system to see all days with available appointments.

Carolina Together Testing Program sites will have regular hours this week.

Campus Health is open for in person and telehealth visits Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm. Open weekends for Same Day Care 8am - 5pm. CPhone support 24/7; the phone number becomes a nurse advice line after hours. Call for an appointment or advice: 919-966-2281.

CAPS offers 24/7 phone support at 919/966-3658. Initial screenings offered by phone 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm M-F.

Campus Rec is open for in-person workout and climbing reservations at Rams Head and the SRC.

Student Wellness provides virtual support, program requests, appointments and wellbeing interventions. Learn more at studentwellness.unc.edu.

Your questions: Answered

How can I become an active bystander online? And how can I create safe, online spaces?

We often find ourselves in situations where we have a gut feeling that something is off, or something is not right. With everything going virtual, this may present itself in an online post or during a zoom session.

In this stage of OBSERVANCE, you may ask yourself "Is there a problem?" or "do I have a responsibility to ACT?" With those questions in mind, take into account what you initially observe, and asses what those observations could indicate:

  • taking into account your own identities and checking your implicit biases;

  • conducting your own research; and

  • thinking critically about the way you can support those around you.

Virtual spaces have increased the ways that we connect in our different range of relationships. As we explore these avenues, it is imperative we increase our awareness of the ways that bullying, harassment, and abuse will also evolve with technology.

Here are a few ways you can create safe, online spaces:

  • Educate yourself through online research or Student Wellness workshops and events

  • Monitor social climates through your social media and online news sources

  • Reach out to students and local organizations for ways you can be helpful and supportive to your virtual community

  • Speak to those around you to make sure that they're doing okay

For additional information, reach out to lettalkaboutit@unc.edu or visit https://safe.unc.edu/ .

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