De-Stress With These 6 Campus Resources
Work, research, class — just a few of the many demands that you might be juggling. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed this semester, here are several campus resources to help you relieve some stress.
Sometimes, you just need a neutral person to talk to about your problems. And that’s where the Counseling Center, open to any degree seeking Georgia Tech student, comes in handy.
“We provide a number of mental health services for students, including brief individual therapy, group therapy, referral services, Peer Coaching, and self-help resources,” said Peter Hauge, a psychologist with the center.
Students coming in for the first time can consult with one of the counselors to discuss next steps. The center is also open to walk-ins and has a 24/7 counselor available to help with student crises.
If you’re not sure about signing up for a counseling session, you can also check out the center’s Let’s Talk sessions, available on a drop-in basis to any student. These are held on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon in the Communication Center (Suite 447), Clough Commons.
If you’re looking for strategies to tune out the rest of the world, check out the Meditation Club.
“A survey was done with Tech students about what they want in life. There were two main outcomes: they want to be smart, and they want to be happy,” said Jason Tsukhara, president of the club. “Tech does a great job at training our intellect, but mental well-being requires different skills. We’re part of a wider movement to help students be happy, while still pursuing the challenges of a rigorous education."
Meetings are held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 p.m. Each meeting lasts an hour, and includes a 20-minute mediation session and activities to learn different methods of meditation.
Stretch you body like you stretch your mind every day in class and lab with a free beginner’s yoga class.
“We think the classes give students a great opportunity to take a midday break, clear their minds, and reflect on what their bodies can do for them,” said Melanie DeMaeyer, interim director of the Women’s Resource Center.
Classes are held in the Piedmont Room of the Student Center and are open to all levels. Mats are provided.
“We hope that participants in Yoga for EveryBody feel supported in prioritizing their well-being, and leave the class feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of their day,” DeMaeyer added.
If you could use some advice on on topics like improving self-confidence or your communication skills, check out the Counseling Center’s outreach workshops.
“Our workshops provide information and exposure to experiential activities that can help students reach their academic, career, and personal goals,” said Janice Harewood, the assistant director for outreach and wellness at the center. “For some students, getting information at the workshops can provide enough help for them to address a difficulty without needing additional counseling services.”
Workshops can be from 15 minutes to an hour and are open to the campus community.
Suffering from stress due to problems with an advisor or faculty member? The Office of the Ombudsman is available to help.
“The office is open to help any graduate student who needs confidential advice pertaining to their academic careers,” said Leigh Bottomley, faculty and graduate student ombuds. “We offer conflict resolution regarding professional conflicts and concerns with degree progression.”
The ombuds provide informal conflict resolution, giving students a neutral sounding board for any Institute complaint or issue.
“Also, it’s important to know that the ombuds are strictly neutral, and will not take sides in any issue brought before them,” Bottomley added.
If you want to take a break and get your body moving, check out one of the Campus Recreation Complex’s (CRC) many exercise options.
The facility offers workout equipment and personal training services to any students enrolled in more than four hours. Plus, it also offers fitness classes and team sports.
“Our drop-in classes provide the perfect setting to engage with peers in a fun, exciting way,” said Jessica Kolis, communication manager of Health and Well-Being. “From cycle to yoga, we have a class that’s right for you.”
Finally, if you’re dealing with tight muscles and aches, the CRC also offers massage therapy sessions. Sessions last 30-60 minutes and start at $35.
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