De-Stress Week: Activities to Help Bring Calm and Focus to a Stressful Time

Posted on 11/11/2020 10:32:40 AM

Starting November 16, a series of de-stress activities will be offered on campus and online. All activities are brought to you by the IUP Center for Health and Well-Being, IUP Libraries, Counseling Center, Center for Teaching Excellence, University College, and the Social Equity and Title IX Office.

Monday, November 16

  • Meditation Monday: Looking for clarity, rest, and relaxation? Join us each Monday at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom for guided meditation. Zoom ID: 980 6363 9075

  • Mindfulness Monday: Mondays can be hard! Start your week off with a pick-me-up by following @iupaware on IG.

  • Therapy Dog visits by appointment

  • Therapy Dog special appearance in IUP Libraries

    • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17

  • Therapy Dog visits by appointment

Wednesday, November, 18

  • Wellness Wednesday: Each Wednesday, peer educator Charles Coleman will offer you some wellness tips on IG @iupaware.

  • Therapy Dog visits by appointment

  • Therapy Dog special appearance in IUP Libraries

    • 2:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Calm for 2020 and Beyond: 4:00–5:00 p.m. Want to learn to stress less? We all know that COVID-19 is unprecedented, but that doesn’t mean we are unprepared to cope with the challenges the pandemic can have on our mental health. This presentation, designed for faculty and students, will focus on strategies to cope with the new and familiar stressors that have defined 2020. Learn how to practice self-care, manage racing thoughts and worry, and adapt to the near-constant feeling of uncertainty all around us this year. The skills reviewed in this presentation will help you keep calm in 2020 and beyond. Presented by IUP Counseling Center Staff. Zoom link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS, or Android.

Thursday, November 19

  • Therapy Dog visits by appointment

  • Finding My New Normal as a College Student. 6:00–7:00 p.m. Alexis Williams, IUP alumna and author of My Truth, My Trauma, is a self-care, trauma-informed African American woman therapist practicing out of Philadelphia. In this event, she will discuss her life and writings and cover various topics around the importance of self-care, especially during this global pandemic. Included will be a discussion of the stressors of balancing personal life with school and home, and elaborating on the importance of boundaries and communication, along with maintaining personal safety, bringing awareness to the sensitivity of the climate we are in now, and how important it is to respect one another during this time. She will also discuss trauma and families, with time at the end for answering questions. Sponsored by the IUP Social Equity and Title IX Office. Zoom link: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android.

Monday through Friday

  • Visit the CHWB YouTube channel to find lots of videos on health, wellness, and self-care. 

  • Schedule visits at the Counseling Center. The Counseling Center provides services Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Counseling Services are included in student Wellness Fees. Wondering how to get started? The Counseling Center is available by phone (724-357-2621) or email ( Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. In your email, write, “Hi, I’m interested in scheduling an appointment.” You will receive a response from the department secretary with scheduling options.

  • Center for Health and Well-Being peer educators will visit IUP Stapleton Library periodically throughout the week to distribute de-stress and self-care tips.

  • Visit the Self-Care for Stressful Times Guide for activities and resources to care for yourself during this stressful time.