Friday, February 28, 2014
As college students we are in a constant state of stress between assignment deadlines, grades, and finding jobs.Everyone reading this has likely had an interview before, so you can understand the anxiety that comes along with having to talk yourself up to a stranger.These are some tips that I use to help reduce the stresses of interviewing!
As soon as you learn that you have an interview write down the time, date, and location.Place this somewhere that you see everyday (like a wall calendar or on your computer) so that it will not “sneak up” on you.It is important that you do research on the company you have applied for; you may even be able to find information about their interview process online.Brainstorm and write down questions that you will ask after your interview. Companies like to see interviewees take the initiative to ask questions and when you have written questions it makes you look professional and prepared.
Now that you are educated about the company, you should review your own résumé.Refresh yourself on your past experiences and be sure that you will be able to explain in more depth what things mean.This is also a good time to reflect on your accomplishments, remind yourself of how far you have come and why you deserve this opportunity.
Lastly and most importantly mentally prepare for success!Walk through the process in your mind from shaking hands, to answering questions.It is a good idea to practice some common interview questions, review your best traits, experiences, and what you can contribute to the company.If you have willing friends hold a mock interview, where they ask you interview questions.
On the day of the interview I find it helpful after I am dressed and ready to sit and reflect.Remember that you are capable, that you will do your best, and that you deserve this job or internship.Be confident and you will do great!And remember you might not get every job, but each interview is valuable practice!
Check the University Advising and Career Center website to see sample interview questions! And be sure to head to the Career Fair March 4th at the Whittemore center from 12-4!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
In college we are surrounded by nay-sayers. Each day passing people on campus I hear “I just know I’m going to fail”, “I will never be able to finish in time”, or “It’s hopeless”. I have found that in my life by focusing on the positive things and the things that are in my own control I am a happier person. Often times when schoolwork becomes completely overwhelming I like to take a step back and look at all the steps I need to do. Usually if I write down my assignments and due dates school work will seem much less daunting. I also find that keeping a positive attitude when stressed greatly helps my performance. Rather then picturing an upcoming exam to be impossible I like to think about how much information I have gained and remind my self that I am prepared and ready to conquer!
Rather then picturing the worst-case scenario try using positive imagery. “We can turn the tables and use visualization as a creative tool to generate self-confidence, relaxation, and other desired mental states.” Once you see yourself having negative thoughts you can use your own imagination to create a better picture. When I feel stressed, I often imagine myself on a beach being warm, sandy, and happy. It reminds me that whatever I am currently dealing with will pass eventually. Visualization and positive imagery can be used when you are stressed, angry, sad, or even anxious.
Other situations where I use imagery are before interviews and presentations. By acting out the scene in my head I gain confidence and I believe it enhances my performance. There are many forms of positive imagery and everyone performs them differently. The next time you are feeling stressed try going to a quiet room, and taking your mind off of your stressor, visualize yourself overcoming your challenges and take a few deep breaths. The more you practice imagery the easier it will come to you and should be more effective.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
In honor of February being National Boost Your Self-Esteem Month, here are some quick and easy tricks to get an instant pick-me-up!
Smile: It’s natural, it’s easy, and it’s free! Smiling not only brings a positive light to others, but smiling can also be an instant mood changer! When we smile, we release endorphins and change the blood flow in our brains, which make us feel happier. Next time you need an instant self-esteem boost, try showing those pearly whites!
Compliment yourself: Although we are constantly complimenting others on their success, we often times forget to compliment ourselves. Even the smallest of compliments can be an instant pick-me-up and there is a wide range of things of positive things you can say. Saying something as simple as, “I’m having a great hair day” or “I did a great job on the math exam” or “I’m so proud that I ran an extra mile at the gym” can instantly increase your mood and give you an instant self-esteem boost!
Write down your unique and positive qualities: When you think of yourself, what comes to mind? Are you caring? Artistic? Athletic? Kind hearted? Whatever it may be, write it down! Seeing those encouraging words on something concrete rather than only thinking them can make them seem more real to yourself. Go a step further by writing down all of these qualities individually on post-it notes and stick them all around your dorm, apartment or house to constantly be reminded of the unique individual you are!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Eating Concerns Awareness Week has arrived!
Put on every year by the Eating Concern Mentors at Health Services, this week is devoted to raising awareness about eating disorders. Almost everyone knows someone who has struggled with an eating disorder or body image issues. Eating disorders are the most common and most deadly forms of mental illness. It’s about so much more than just food and it also affects both men and women. The Eating Concern Mentors have a different theme each day of the week to highlight awareness of eating disorders.
Monday - Mindful Monday
This day is to stress the importance of enjoying your food and listening to your body.Most people rush through their meals and don’t take the time to relax.There will be a Mindful Eating Lunch Meditation from 12 noon to 1pm in the MUB room 237.It is open for people to bring their own lunch and listen to Maria Caplan, the Nutrition Educator, guide them through a mindful eating meditation.The UNH community is welcome to come and go as they please.
Tuesday – Trash Negative Talk Tuesday
Stop by an inspiration table at the MUB food court from 11am-2pm to write down negative body talk then trash them.You can also receive a body positive tag to keep and help remind you to stay positive.
Wednesday- Who Inspires You Wednesday
Our table at the MUB will display woman that have inspired us and if this inspiration had anything to do with their looks.Usually our inspirations are not based on beauty and it is important to recognize what really inspires us.Wednesday night we will be showing Tough Guise 2:Violence, Manhood & American Culture from 8pm-10:30pm in MUB theatre I. It’s a really interesting film and will be followed by a discussion.
Don’t miss out on all the great events of the Eating Concerns Awareness Week!To learn more about the events, visit Health Services!
Friday, February 21, 2014
If you’re like me, you can’t stand being cooped up inside for a workout. When I go home for winter break, I do not have a gym membership and all I have available to me is a treadmill and bike in my dark basement. I crave the fresh air and even if the temperature is freezing, I will be outside running or walking. But working outside can put your health and well being at risk. You need to be safe, and if you have any conditions like asthma, heart problems, please contact your doctor for approval to work out in the cold weather.
Make sure you wear layers. Don’t dress too warmly and don’t wear a tank top and shorts. You need a happy medium. Wear a tank top under a t-shirt, under a long sleeve, under a sweatshirt. If you dress too warmly, you can start sweating and you will eventually become chilled if you cannot remove layers to prevent profuse sweating. By wearing layers, you can prevent getting a chill. You can remove layers as soon as you begin sweating. Avoid cotton as it holds moisture. You can wear a scarf around your mouth as well to warm the air before you breath it in so that the cold air is not so harsh on your lungs.
Protect your extremities like your hands, feet and ears. When it is cold out, your body wants to keep your core warm, where your important organs are located. This leaves your hands and feet with less blood flow. Layer on gloves, and socks to prevent frostbite. Remember that layers apply here as well. Remove a layer of gloves or socks if you being to sweat. Make sure to wear a headband, earmuffs, or hat to protect your ears.
If the weather falls below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, please consider staying indoors to exercise. With wind chills, the cold wind can break right through your layers of clothing and hit your skin. The wind chill could affect any exposed skin like your face or nose and put you at risk for frostbite.
Wear clothing that is reflective if you are exercising at night, shoes that have some sort of grip if you are running or walking on snow or ice, and wear a helmet and joint pads if you are skiing or snow boarding.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), also known as the Winter Blues, is a pattern of seasonal depression usually starting in the fall months and ending in the spring time.Many people experience S.A.D. as there is less sunlight in the winter months and less time spent outdoors.Symptoms of S.A.D. include increased sadness, higher irritability, increased anxiety, increase in weight, lack of energy, and increased sleep.While everyone may feel a bit more sluggish in the colder months, S.A.D. can have serious consequences such as school or work problems and social withdrawal.
Luckily at UNH, there a variety of resources at Health Services that can help.Students can make appointments to diagnose S.A.D. and to try free light therapy.Light therapy is an effective treatment in which one sits in front of a light box with their eyes open.They can read, do homework, or just relax in front of the light box.It is recommended to try daily sessions, lasting from 15 minutes to 2 hours.Most sessions last about 30 minutes but can be built up over time.Students can make an appointment by calling Health Services, (603)-862-3823.Along with light therapy, it is recommended to eat healthy, exercise daily, manage stress, and take walks outside to help cope with S.A.D.
The UNH Health Services website is a great place to learn more about S.A.D. and light therapy treatments.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
With obesity and other diet-related illnesses on the rise in the United States, discussion about living a healthy lifestyle is a constant and popular topic of conversation. One of the things many people bring up is whether or not it is possible to eat healthy on a budget. While it is definitely more challenging to follow a healthy diet with a lower income, it is very possible! Here are some tips for college students trying to live on a budget and follow a healthy diet.
Make a Plan
When trying to save money, planning is key! Instead of going to the grocery store every time you need food, to go once a week with a plan of what you are going to eat for the week. This makes it more likely that you won't over or under purchase. Going less frequently also makes it possible for you to drive a little further to the grocery store in the area that has the lowest prices.
Most people have seen the commercials or TV shows about the self-proclaimed "coupon queens" who save thousands of dollars a year by cutting coupons. While you don’t have to go to this extreme, collecting coupons can save you a good amount of money… especially on non-perishables. Stocking up on non-perishable items that you know you will need throughout the year while they are on sale can be a great money saver. So save your coupons to save some cash!
Eat Seasonal Items
Throughout the year different items are in season. If an item is in season in your local area, it will typically cost less than products that need to be shipped from farther away. Try buying fruits and vegetables that are currently in season to save some money and to have fresher produce. It's also a fun way to try some new fruits and vegetables!
Although many people prefer to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, their frozen counterparts still have many health benefits and can save you cash! Try buying some frozen fruits and veggies to include with your meals and save the non-frozen items for things that can’t be kept in the freezer such as apples or lettuce.
For even more help, I have provided a link to a 7-day meal plan that is low-cost and meets nutritional needs! It can be found at www.choosemyplate.gov, which is a great resource for finding information about eating healthy on a budget. Here is the meal plan: Seven Day Meal Plan.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
It has been quite amazing to watch the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. These athletes from all over the world demonstrate a great deal of enthusiasm, dedication, and desire. However, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to enjoy physical activity. Below are some tips in example of Olympic athletes on how the average individual can learn to succeed like the ultimate professionals.
- 1. Set goals
In the words of Gracie Gold, a 2014 first time US Olympic Figure Skater after she didn’t qualify for the US Championships, “With the help of family and friends, I took a hard look at myself and situation. It was a time of reflection, defining, redefining goals, and then formulating a new plan to reach them.” Setting goals is important to triumph in whatever you want to accomplish. Whether it’s competing in the Olympics for Figure Skating, running a mile straight, or completing a spin class without stopping, setting specific, timely, realistic, goals will help you succeed.
- 2. Practice, practice, practice
Shaun White is currently competing in his third Olympics, and demonstrates great athleticism in snowboarding as well as skateboarding. Whether it’s snowboarding, skateboarding, or both, Shaun is constantly practicing. Frequent training has allowed him to accomplish his goal of competing in the Olympics. If you want to improve at your favorite physical activity you should try to practice as often as possible. This will allow you to learn your strengths and weaknesses so you can rise to your full potential.
- 3. Listen and take care of your body
US speed skater Eddy Alvarez was told he may not be able to skate again after a painful knee surgery, but due to his passion and hard work he is now competing in Sochi. Pay attention and trust your body when you feel over worked or need a day or two off. When your body feels 100% is when you will gain the most enjoyment out of the activity you love.
By setting goals for yourself, practicing hard, and taking care of your body, you will thrive in your physical activity of choice, just like these Olympic athletes.
Monday, February 17, 2014
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While caught in the middle of studying for exams and writing papers this semester, one thing you are probably looking forward to is spring break. When this week of fun you’ve had planned for so long is so close you can almost taste it, the thought of potentially getting sick before, during or after your trip may not even cross your mind. Wherever your destination may be, the potential for experiencing disease and illness is much greater when traveling. With many students soon boarding tightly crammed planes, buses, trains or packing many friends into a car and taking a road trip, it is important to keep yourself healthy and prevent disease and illness by getting the proper immunizations at the Travel Clinic at Health Services!
The Travel Clinic provides information on safe traveling and immunizations to students, faculty and staff. Visits to the Travel Clinic are free to students who have paid their student health fee and chargeable to those who have not. Immunizations are also chargeable to all students, faculty and staff at a reduced rate. Spring break should a time to unwind, relax and reward yourself for all of the hard work you’ve been doing, don’t risk the potential to ruin your trip by not taking proper health precautions! Be sure to make an appointment and visit the Travel Clinic BEFORE heading out on your spring break trip, studying abroad or just traveling in general!
Check out the UNH Travel Services website for a full list of immunizations offered at UNH Health Services and information on the Travel Clinic. For more information on how to stay healthy and prevent disease while traveling, check out the Center for Disease Control and Preventions Travelers’ Health website!
Friday, February 14, 2014
This past Christmas I received a pair of ice skates as a gift.I had never been skating but I'm always up for new winter activities.When it is cold out, it's easy to want to stay inside all day watching movies on the couch.While I'll admit I love doing this from time to time, I also love to get active and stay moving.Ice skating is a relatively cheap and easy way to stay active in the winter time.It's also very fun.After falling a few times, I finally got the hang of it and was able to get a great workout in.According to Health Status, moderate skating burns about 300 calories per hour. Plus it's fun!
At UNH, Open Skate & Puck is offered at the Whittemore Center. It costs only $3 to rent skates if you don't have your own pair. They even have themed nights for special occasions such as a Valentine's night and Hawaiian night. There are open skate about five times a week; check out Campus Rec’s website for the most current schedule. Don’t forget to bring your ID, because Open Skate is only offered to UNH Students, Employees and Rec pass holders.
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