Wellness @ Mary Baldwin

What is Wellness?

Information for students

Wellness encompasses a wide range of those questions you often ask yourself.
Make personal wellness in all areas of your life a priority today!

 

Am I a good student?

Am I a good student?

Or should that be, “Are I a good student?” No, that’s not right! Hey — don’t freak out. If you’re here, you’re a good student. But maybe you don’t take tests well. Or maybe taking tests is the only thing you seem to do well at all lately. It’s no indication of personal failure if what works for others doesn’t work for you.

But wait, what about outside of class? When’s the last time you went to a museum willingly? And yes, Jon Stewart is absolutely hilarious, but is “The Daily Show” your main source for what’s happening in the world? Check out the learning skills center and the writing center for your tutorial-type needs.

Am I eating the right food?

Am I eating the right food?

All women may be created equal, but not so true for our metabolisms. Some of us can eat whatever we want. Some of us gain weight just by feeding our fish. And these days you’d be hard pressed to pick up a women’s magazine that doesn’t have an article titled, “30 Days to a Slimmer You!” But slimmer doesn’t always mean healthier. At the base of it all, our bodies need fuel and vitamins to get us through our day. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about what you should be eating and why. Don’t forget the trusty old food pyramid, now updated for the 21st century (www.mypyramid.gov). Learn how to do it right. Then get your eat on.

Am I emotionally healthy right now?

Am I emotionally healthy right now?

Everybody gets down. Sometimes it’s a brief wade in the shallow end of the self pity pool. And sometimes it’s more serious. It’s okay to cry at an occasional Hallmark commercial. But if you’re also crying during those annoying Gizmo commercials it may be time to reach out.

Don’t underestimate the importance of emotional health. And don’t feel it’s something you should be able to figure out for yourself. Use Mary Baldwin’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Talk to an RA or a friend. You can even talk to your regular doctor, and they can steer you towards more help. Just don’t stop talking until you get what you need.

Am I getting the right exercise?

Am I getting the right exercise?

Flashback to the ’80s when Olivia Newton John was brazenly telling everyone she met, “Let’s get physical!” It’s still true today, and maybe even more so. Advances in technology have us sitting a lot more than our leg warmer–wearing predecessors. But it doesn’t, thank goodness, mean we all have to start running five miles a day.

Find out what your body responds to. And definitely check with your doctor before you start training for the Ironman (Ironwoman!). See what’s happening at the PAC (Physical Activities Center). You can also visit www.smallstep.gov and see a list of over 100 ideas for little ways to add extra exercise to your day. (Here’s one: don’t drive from Sky 1 to Sky 3!) So the next time you hear Olivia sing “Let’s get physical”, you’ll say, “Okay Newton, I’m in!”

Am I prepared for a career?

Am I prepared for a career?

Perhaps you’re the kid who, since age seven, has frequently and decidedly declared, “I’m going to be a doctor!” And maybe you’re the kid who looked at the doctor kid and wondered, “But how do you know?”

It’s okay to not know what you want to be when you grow up. (And it’s okay to know, too.) It’s unlikely that your first job out of college will be the same job that 40 years later is giving you an engraved picture frame thanking you for four decades of service.

In other words, don’t freeze with the pressure of finding THE job. But DO have a plan. Learn how to put together your resume — and how to ignore the 27,000 differing opinions on what the best way to do a resume is. Let Mary Baldwin’s Career Center help you map out a plan.

Am I respectful to the environment and my community?

Am I respectful to the environment and my community?

Do you cut up those plastic six-pack rings before throwing them away? Do you know why you should?

Does the billowing smoke from your car’s tailpipe make people wonder if you are electing a new pope or simply need a tune up?

Are you socially accepting of others? What about volunteering for local organizations that desperately need a hand?

Today’s world is full of opportunities to stand up and make a difference, even if it is just in our little corner of the world. For more information on recycling and volunteering in the community here at Mary Baldwin and in Staunton, visit the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement.

Am I safe?

Am I safe?

Your mother always said, “Walk with a purpose. Keys as a weapon! NO CANDY FROM STRANGERS!” Mom was right. But the world has changed since she gave us our daily warning about safety. Yes, Staunton is a small town. And Mary Baldwin has an extremely small record of crime on campus. But nowhere are you exempt from all danger.

Learn how to be aware of your surroundings and protect yourself. When in doubt, listen to your gut. Take a self defense class next semester. Look out for your friends — neighborhood watch isn’t limited to neighborhoods. Get tips from our own security department for staying safe on campus. In other words, be your own McGruff the Crime Dog!

Am I smart when it comes to sex?

Am I smart when it comes to sex?

They’re doing it in books. They’re doing it in the movies. I’m not sure, but I think the other day I even saw them doing it on “So You Think You Can Dance.” It’s everywhere.

But don’t fall for all the hype. Get your info from credible sources. Not Fox TV. Maybe your mother sat nervously clutching a book about flowers and struggled through “the talk.” Or maybe she looked you in the eye and asked, “Whatcha wanna know?” Either way, sex is something you need answers about. And don’t worry, you are nowhere near the only one who has questions. Bottom line — protect yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Am I taking care of myself?

Am I taking care of myself?

Do you wear your seatbelt? Sunscreen? Have you ever uttered the words, “I don’t know why I’m sick. I got two hours of sleep last night and had three Ho-Hos for breakfast.”

Stress, or fun, or a combination of the two keeps us from taking care of ourselves like we should. But when your body has had enough, it tells you loud and clear. That’s when we get sick. And it’s not just the common cold these days. There are enough scary flus and viruses traveling through the world to make you want to live in a bubble.

Start with the basics: doctor, obgyn, dentist, and eye exams — REGULARLY. And if you haven’t been, GO NOW! Waiting makes it harder. Trust us, going to the dentist after a seven year hiatus is not fun. Use the health center. Check out what the Centers for Disease Control has to say. Because there’s a whole lot more to taking care of yourself than the occasional Flintstone vitamin.

What do I believe?

What do I believe?

To believe or not to believe. And to believe what? Exploring religion is not an indication of a lack of faith. Discovering what others believe and don’t believe can strengthen your own beliefs and, yes, sometimes make you question them. Don’t be afraid to learn about different religions. Learning is kinda the whole college deal to begin with.

Check out Quest, Mary Baldwin’s own organization dedicated to personal exploration of spirituality and faith. Or go visit a church, synagogue, or other house of worship. Staunton has several of them. Wherever you go, go in peace.