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your wellness matters.

Your wellness matters at SCC!

Taking time for self-care, wellness and your overall health is important. Southwestern is offering activities throughout the spring semester to help you in your wellness journey including yoga, hiking, self defense, forest therapy, journaling, mindfulness and meditation. Enjoy restorative and fun activities, make new friends and be better prepared to navigate your way through the opportunities the semester will offer.

Sign up for February Activities!

Self-Care Tips

Here are some tips to help you get started with self-care as identified by the National Institute of Mental Health:

  • Get regular exercise. Just 30 minutes of walking every day can help boost your mood and improve your health. Small amounts of exercise add up, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t do 30 minutes at one time.
  • Eat healthy, regular meals and stay hydrated. A balanced diet and plenty of water can improve your energy and focus throughout the day. Also, limit caffeinated beverages such as soft drinks or coffee.
  • Make sleep a priority. Stick to a schedule, and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Blue light from devices and screens can make it harder to fall asleep, so reduce blue light exposure from your phone or computer before bedtime.
  • Try a relaxing activity. Explore relaxation or wellness programs or apps, which may incorporate meditation, muscle relaxation, or breathing exercises. Schedule regular times for these and other healthy activities you enjoy such as journaling.
  • Set goals and priorities. Decide what must get done now and what can wait. Learn to say “no” to new tasks if you start to feel like you’re taking on too much. Try to be mindful of what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do.
  • Practice gratitude. Remind yourself daily of things you are grateful for. Be specific. Write them down at night, or replay them in your mind.
  • Focus on positivity. Identify and challenge your negative and unhelpful thoughts.
  • Stay connected. Reach out to your friends or family members who can provide emotional support and practical help.

Student Mental Health Counselor

Sheila Davis is Southwestern's student mental health counselor and can meet with you face-to-face or virtually. Contact Sheila by emailing or call her at 828.339.4243.

Spend Time in Nature


Spending time outside is a wonderful way to relax, reduce stress, restore your ability to focus and improve your mood.   

The SCC Nature Trail is a convenient way to get a quick dose of nature!

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