Our community is what we all strive to make stronger. We were reminded how much life can be challenging when one of our fellow school mates tried to commit suicide late May. The good news is that he was unsuccessful. This was a big wake up call for all of us here at Western. We all get to the point when school, work and generally life becomes challenging and overwhelming. During those times it is best to find the help one needs.
We understand when one has a cold you need to give your body a break and try to get yourself back to good health. However, do you ever forget to take care of yourself. I know, I do. With school assignments, readings, keeping up with exams and working you tend to forget about taking care of yourself. Remember that self care is not a one time thing. One has to remember that self care needs to be a daily activity that is done for your own good. By giving yourself more self care you will feel more confident, calm, relaxed and find it more pleasurable to doing your everyday small activities.
You might be asking yourself, what kind of self care should I focus on? Try to focus on: self care for your soul, self care for your body, and self care for your mind. How you may ask, to give yourself self care for your soul one might: help someone out such as volunteering and giving back to your community. Writing your thoughts and feelings, checking out who you spend your time with, have a self date, and my favorite having a at home spa. How do you take self care for your body: taking deep breaths, my personal favorite is going to a yoga class, morning jogs.Give yourself at least fifteen minutes of sitting in the sun and of course have a good laugh. How do you give self care for your mind? Start out with compiling a list of compliments for yourself. Change the way you make decisions, edit your social media and disregard or delete/unfollow negative people and groups and meditate.
If you need additional help, please contact the additional resources that are seen below. The students that helped raise money through the We Are WWU campaign decided to give back to the community by giving some of the money they raised to WWU Brave, which stands for Building Resilience and Voicing Empathy. We all get to the moment in life where things feel overwhelming but you never need to feel alone.
Western`s Counseling Center in Old Main 540, (360) 650-3164 during business hours;
To reach the after-hours on-call counselor, call (360) 650-3164 and choose option 1;
Western`s Student Health Center in the Campus Services Building, (360) 650-3400;
National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255;
Community Crisis Line (Volunteers of America 24 hour crisis line), 1-800-584-3578;
The Trevor Project (national 24-hour free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth), 1-866-488-7386.