How Well Are You Living?
Frequently, when people think “wellness” they think of things like going to the gym, eating well, and staying fit. While those are certainly important components of wellness, the Wellness Peer Educators want you to know that there is so much more to being a healthy Tiger. The group consists of undergrads on campus who strive to raise awareness about a holistic approach to wellness that includes emotional, physical, spiritual, and environmental wellness. We asked them to share some of their thoughts about wellness on campus and here’s what they said!
When you take a moment to consider wellness, think of it from a big picture perspective. It’s not just about maintenance, it’s about finding areas of your life where you have a growth opportunity.
- Rebecca Ellison, Junior, noted the importance of creating dialogues and reaching a wider audience as an important step to “developing communication skills” and “helping Towson become a healthier campus.”
- Meghan Anderson, Sophomore, highlights the intense demands on a college student’s schedule, “Between class, work, friends, relationships, and being involved on campus, things can get hectic and stressful. Wellness is such an important part of life, especially for college students.”
Physical and Mental Health
Science is finally catching up to philosophers when it comes to understanding and attending to the mind-body connection. When you think about wellness, it’s important to think about the interaction of your brain, mind, and body.
- Breea Gordon, Senior, said that “physical and mental wellness has always been a pressing matter for me, coming from a family of alcoholics and diabetics. I want to be able to make a significant change in the mental health community because the mind affects the body and vice versa, which is often overlooked.”
- Lauren Dominick, Senior, said that wellness is about “nutrition, fitness, and overall mind and body wellness” and that it’s about focusing on “changing lives for the better.”
Truly Thriving Tigers know that it’s difficult to maintain individual wellness without having a healthy social network. When you’re struggling, having a strong social support group to lean on can help make individual stressors more manageable, especially when those stressors seem overwhelming.
- Spending time developing (and maintaining!) relationships, as well as building new connections – particularly with people who have different life experiences, is an important part of social wellness. Randall Phillips, Junior, highlights that, “having a team and being a part of something special is a great feeling. That alone is also a great way of developing social wellness.”
- Nick Mercer, Junior, discussed a suicide prevention program presented by the Wellness Peer Educators. He was struck by “over 250 participants in the walk who were all there united under the same goal of bringing awareness to mental health and suicide prevention. The moment was a powerful one, to see so many different kinds of people all come together for the same cause. The opportunity to be involved in a group that makes a difference in a very tangible way is invaluable.”
Personal Benefits of Peer Education:
Peer Educators agreed that finding a something on campus that you are passionate and pushing yourself to get actively involved with that activity has been an important component of their own wellness:
- “The opportunity to become a wellness peer educator through the campus counseling center served as a perfect forum to put my interests into practical action.” – Josh Kashkett, Junior
- “Being a peer educator has made me realize that many small yet key health details are often forgotten, and recalling the importance of overall wellness can really impact the lives of TU students.” – Megan Lackay, Senior
The Wellness Peer Educators are here to help our campus continuing growing and thriving. Presentation and workshops are available for student groups, classes, organizations, and much more! See all we have to offer at http://www.towson.edu/counseling/peered/ and feel free to request a program from us!
Nathan Sharer and the Wellness Peer Educators
The Counseling Center