With the craziness that was Week 5 and elections, I decided to write the next issue of The Current during Week 6I want to take this issue to update you on what’s been happening here in the paper and to also remind you to check in with yourself, especially given the turmoil and uncertainty of the last few weeks.
While I often encourage my staff members and the people around me to be with themselves, I’ve found that the concept itself is a little difficult to grasp. I am a big proponent of mindfulness, which is the practice of awareness. It’s not easy to be conscious of everything happening in our bodies at any given moment, but contrary to popular belief, it is possible to ground ourselves such that we are aware of the movement of our breath and how it affects every part of us.
Mindfulness also means being conscious of our moods, how they change and affect our behavior. I’ve noticed that on days when I am more irritable, there’s often a cause. Recognizing that our emotions don’t happen “just because” is a key step in understanding what coping mechanisms work when we aren’t at our best. I started tracking my moods this month to better understand my mental health symptoms, and I recently discovered a screening tool through the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) website. The screening results can suggest ways to address your moods and how to take care of them.
I’ll be including some other community resources that you can check out if you’re looking for something to take your mind off academics. I hope that you are motivated to engage with these resources, even if we are still virtual.
Stay safe and healthy,