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Lifestyle is everything

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Welcome back from Thanksgiving break, Marquette! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, a relaxing, rejuvenating break, and some much needed family time. My short break was all of those things and more, just not long enough. But that brings me to my next thought though, there’s only a few weeks left of the semester. Less than two weeks of classes, and then we are into finals week. I cannot believe how quickly it has gone by, and I am sure you are thinking the same thing. And with that thought, comes some impending anxiety about the last push. In my case, all of the projects and presentations, all of the papers, and all of the exams. Maybe for you, all of the grading, or all of the other deadlines approaching.

I know I have said it before, but it is more important now than ever: step back and destress. Now crunch times can be stressful for anyone, but having anxiety can make deadlines and pressure all that more stressful. We are lucky to have some wonderful campus resources for dealing with anxiety, and other mental health struggles. Now, I completely understand that even thinking about talking to someone about anxiety would just give you even more anxiety, but I assure you, it shouldn’t. There are a lot of misconceptions about anxiety (or any mental health concern in general) that give it a stigma, making it seem like a bad thing, like struggling with mental health makes you weak. But these misconceptions are just that, they are wrong, and it is worth talking about. And, according to David Spiegel, Stanford University’s associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, “avoidance is not a good strategy.” Even I could have told you that, but when it comes from an expert on the subject, it reassures the idea even further. I have spent a lot of time running from my anxiety, but when I recognized and acknowledged it, I was then able to also recognize and acknowledge some great ways to help live my everyday life more fully and freely.

I am a big advocate for making lifestyle changes in order to deal with health related issues. This includes my struggle with an autoimmune disease, depression, and anxiety. And a lot has changed since I wrote that first blog over a year ago. I have come to terms with what I can do for myself through my lifestyle. There are more connections between lifestyle and health and wellness than people realize. When your body is given the proper care it needs and deserves, it is amazing what it will return to you. Eating healthy, exercising, and taking care of your spiritual and emotional wellness won’t solve everything, it isn’t a miracle cure. It seems as though many people expect it to be, and that makes it difficult to follow through on a lifestyle change. It can be disheartening to start eating healthy or to begin a new exercise routine and to not see results right away. It can take a while, but I assure you it is worth it. You may not see immediate changes in your health or how your body feels. In fact, you may even feel worse for a while, maybe you will be tired and groggy, or you will get headaches since your body is used to a lot of sugar, and other harmful ingredients. So, in spirit of what I assured at the beginning of the semester, let’s do this together and make this our best year yet with a lifestyle change.

You don’t have to do anything crazy or drastic if you don’t want to. Start off small to make it easy. Make a small change: eat more fruits and vegetables, cut your daily bowl of ice cream to once a week, get up in the morning and go for a walk or do some yoga, and don’t be afraid to get help from others, because we are not on this earth alone and we do care. Have a productive, but stress-free week, and I will talk to you next Tuesday.

Alicia Diedrich

Wellness resources here at MU

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I have touched on what the main areas of wellness are and even my personal struggle with wellness, but today I want to provide some great resources Marquette offers for a few different dimensions of wellness.

Spiritual:
The Faber’s Center offers a plethora of retreats, support groups and informational gatherings. As a Marquette employee, you are given two retreat days per year to take advantage of these opportunities. The Faber’s Center is also partnering with Employee Wellness to explore spiritual wellness through movement and meditation.

Emotional:
Human Resources at Marquette can connect you with employee assistance programs. Some listed services they can provide are financial and legal consultation, childcare search and eldercare assessment. You can find more information here.

Financial:
Human Resources can also connect you with personalized retirement advice and counseling through TIAA. HR also offers “Retirewise” courses throughout the year. For more information, visit HR’s information page.

Occupational:
Marquette employee development offers GROW courses on anything, from how to use Snapchat to getting to know the Essentials in Skype for business. You can even plan a customized training sessions for your department by contacting the IT service desk. More information is available here.

Physical Wellness:
Did you know Marquette offers golf lessons? They work with all skill and age levels to improve and teach! Employee wellness also offers a whole host of fitness classes that utilize a ton of different exercise modes. Check out these awesome resources if you’ve been looking for a little more structure in your physical activity!

I would highly encourage anyone to take advantage of these services as they are meant to be used by all in the Marquette community. This is by no means an extensive list of all the services provided by Marquette in these areas of wellness, but it is a great starting point for anyone who wishes to better themselves in any of these areas.

 

Ben Eccles


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