We provide students with tips and support to manage stress and time, get good sleep, build resilience, practice mindfulness, cultivate gratitude and self-compassion, and engage in proactive self-care.
We provide Resilience Lab appointments for students as well as weekly guided meditation sessions in the Spring and Fall semesters. We provide regular updates on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages as well as on VCU's TelegRAM.
Check out this Google Doc with additional resources to help boost your mental health.
Schedule a one-on-one appointment in our Resilience Lab!
Health Promotion’s Mindful Ambassador Program aims to identify students, faculty, and staff who are interested in creating a mindful revolution and healthier campus community.
Mindful practice has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of burnout - challenges that we know many students and staff have experienced, or continue to experience.
Recruitment for the next cohort of Mindful Ambassadors will take place Spring 2022.
Practice mindfulness, build resilience.
Sometimes, the stressors we experience can be tough to manage. Rec Well Health Promotion offers a Resilience Lab where students can learn to tune into their bodies using biofeedback and practice ways to calm the body’s response to stress. Students can make appointments to meet one-on-one with our staff, register for a self-guided session, or attend one of our mindfulness sessions.
Practice mindfulness on the go with these three steps:
Pause what you’re doing and give yourself a moment to pay attention to what’s happening around you and what’s happening inside you. Try not to judge your feelings or thoughts, just acknowledge them and let them go.
Focus on your breath. The breath is what brings you into the present moment. You cannot breathe into the past or the future, just the here and now. Observe it making its way in and out of the body. Repeat this process for as many times as you need.
Arrive here, right now. Do not judge yourself for what you believe you should be doing, or dwell on what has already happened. Give yourself permission to be in the present moment and to let go of worries.