In the middle of some heavy exam weeks to come, stress can be a problem for some students. Finding were it comes from could be tricky and dealing with specific stress can create even more stress. This board includes some things that could be creating stress and some tips on how to deal with certain stresses.
Last night at our wing meeting, each resident had to say one thing that made them happy this year and one thing that made them sad. This was a great community builder and even though we have less than 4 weeks left together it definitely brought everyone closer. It also gave me a sense of what was going on with my guys that I couldn’t see was happening.
Until Dawn is a video that uses a roller coaster story mode, meaning your decisions effect the outcome of the game. Literally every action changes the game. There’s 8 total character and you go back and forth playing at each. The crazy thing is that between playing the characters, you watch a guidance counselor talking to someone, who turns out to be you and he is studying how you play the game. It’s a pretty scary game and actually plays off of your fears. The guy gives you a test where he gives you two options and you have to pick which scares you more, like a clown or a scarecrow, and then whichever you pick will show up in the game. While playing we discussed what our own fears are and why we think they scare us. We also talked about intangible fears, like failure or not being happy. It was a very interesting night to say the least.
This experiment was conducted back in 1971 to see how prisons fuctioned. Mainly look at how power played a huge roll in the actions of prisoners and guards and how emotion plays a large role in everything.
There are some criminal justice majors on my wing so they were particularly interested in this. It is a very shocking movie. Afterwards we had a great conversation on how this can relate to us today.
Happiness is one of the most important things that a person can half. It’s what drives us to be better and for most, it’s the end goal. This ted talk was about how to get yourself to be happier more often. Doing things like finding your bliss, surrounding yourself with less toxic people, and not comparing yourself to others are a few simple things everyone can do to find true happiness.
Yesterday we watched two Ted talks. One was about how we all fat shame people and they other was about how we only see people with disabilities as inspirations instead of real people. Obviously, health was a huge topic discussed. But even more important than the way your body looks, is your mental health. What’s the point of six pack abs if you’re not happy. Both Ted talks discussed how the words and actions of others, even when they mean their best, can really make a person feel bad about themselves. So stop comparing yourself to others and stop shaming!
What is grit? A few of us watched a TEDtalk to figure out this question. Grit isn’t something you can really learn. Just because you are smart or talented that doesn’t mean you have grit. In fact, many reasons why talented people fail it due to lack of a grit. Grit is resilience and never giving up. It’s a mindset and an attitude.
We will be watching TEDtalks every Tuesday at 9 pm. So come check them out!
We all have emotions and we typically feel multiple in any given day. The five basic feelings are: joy, anger, disgust, sadness, and fear. It’s okay to feel these emotions, even the ones that don’t feel as good as joy.
*If you or someone you know is struggling with their emotions or needs someone to talk to, please refer them to Health and Counseling Services on the second floor of Royce Hall. If support is desired/needed please let me know and I will gladly accompany anyone.*
Curt Patrouille, UW-Platteville Alumni, shared his story of how to keep a positive outlook on life despite the obstacles that are thrown in your path. Curt touched on his personal experiences of surviving being badly burned, 27+ years of military service, losing his mother at age 20, multiple deployments while being married and having young children.
Patrouille, then 18, started to pour gasoline into the vehicle’s carburetor when his friend, unaware of what Patrouille was doing, turned on the vehicle’s ignition.”He basically blew me up,” said Patrouille. Twenty-seven percent of Patrouille’s body was covered in third-degree burns. He said he used humor to handle the stares from other people.”Being burned was the easy part,” he said. “Recovering for the next two to five years was the hard part.” However, he reiterated that it was important to keep a positive outlook on live and to bounce back from it all, coming back perhaps stronger than before. His talk was very informative and well-thought out. He touched on different strategies for becoming and remaining resilient, such as Active Constructive Responding.
More info about Active Constructive Responding and how you can implement it in your life can be found here: