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10 tips for a healthy relationship

10 tips for a healthy relationship

Joyce Woodford and Cynthia Hennard

February 18, 2015


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Healthy relationships bring happiness and health to our lives. Studies show that people with healthy relationships really do have more happiness and less stress. There are basic ways to make relationships healthy, even though each one is different… parents, siblings, friends, lovers, partners, roomm...

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Cynthia Hennard

February 10, 2015


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Do you know about mindfulness? One of the best definitions of mindfulness comes from Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, who says that Mindfulness is “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to...

Words of Wellness: Biofeedback

Words of Wellness: Biofeedback

Chris Deery

December 3, 2014


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Enjoy video games? Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Then check out this brand new JSC service, which is offered through collaboration between the Health Center and the Behavioral Medicine Research Lab! It has been sweeping the country and is being used by several universities and colleges and is...

Words of Wellness: Gratitude, kindness and saving your soul

Cynthia Hennard

November 12, 2014


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When this column comes out we’ll be two weeks away from Thanksgiving. A holiday with both light and shadow in the United States, given our history – a past that is what it is. We can, however, as enlightened beings, make better of our present and thus our recent past as we go forward. Whether overcoming...

Words of Wellness: The Fall of Autumn

Cynthia Hennard

October 30, 2014


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“In the beginning there was nothing. God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.” - Ellen DeGeneres “An age is called ‘dark’ not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it.” - James...

Words of Wellness: Why Is Alcohol Binging Such A Big Deal?

Words of Wellness: Why Is Alcohol Binging Such A Big Deal?

Cynthia Hennard

October 19, 2014


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In honor of Alcohol Awareness week and inspired by the Vermont Conference on Addictive Disorders that I recently attended, I thought I’d take a closer look at Alcohol Issues, particularly for those typical of College and High School Students who are under 25 and for those who drink heavily, when they...

Words of Wellness: Procrastination

Words of Wellness: Procrastination

Cynthia Hennard

September 24, 2014


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Procrastination is one of the most stressful maladaptive strategies in life. Yes, we need to stay on top of our readings and assignments, work, friends, families, laundry and lives, but sometimes it all just can’t get done. If we “all or nothing” ourselves into dysfunction, we procrastinate on...

Words of Wellness: If your body could talk…

Words of Wellness: If your body could talk…

Lori Koshowski

December 10, 2013


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We’ve all heard the old adage ‘you are what you eat’, but have you ever stopped to think exactly how true that is? Put simply, healthy eating is the key to wellbeing. We all have up to 100 trillion cells in our bodies, each one demanding a constant supply of daily nutrients in order to function...

Words of Wellness: Focusing on the body to manage stress

Words of Wellness: Focusing on the body to manage stress

Cynthia Hennard, Counseling Center Director

November 14, 2013


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  Most of you probably already know that some stress is good. We need to activate some alertness and vigilance to function at our best. Stress activates the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). What we want is a nice fluctuation between sympathetic and par...

Words of Wellness: Constructive living

Words of Wellness: Constructive living

Cynthia Hennard, Counseling Center Director

October 17, 2013


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Constructive Living Quotes: You don't need to fight your fears or discover hidden ones. Fear of flying is no reason to avoid air travel. For all your dreams you are what you do. Feelings fade over time unless re-stimulated by complaining or other circumstances. You can't build a life on ...

Stay Healthy as the Weather Changes

Stay Healthy as the Weather Changes

Lori Koshowski

September 25, 2013


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In Vermont, we are so lucky to have extremely vibrant seasons. Fall turns out to be one of my favorites. I love all the beautiful harvest colors and the specific fragrant smells that it brings. Fall, of course, is really like an appetizer to the longer main course of the Vermont winter, which typica...

Words of Wellness

Words of Wellness

Cynthia Hennard, JSC counseling center director

September 11, 2013


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These first few weeks on campus are sure to be interesting times. They might be the best ever or just OK or no big deal. Other weeks maybe unsettling, daunting or just feel like a big adjustment to deal with. All of which is normal. So we wanted to share some ideas and resources about making the best of thi...

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