How to Develop Self-Compassion and Be Nicer To Yourself

By: Chelsea Latorre, M.Ed.

Do you ever catch yourself talking negatively about yourself? Judging your behaviors? Responding harshly to the moods, behaviors, or thoughts you have? Thinking about something in the past and wishing you had done something differently? Or, maybe, focusing on the future and trying to make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes that made you feel as terribly as you feel in these moments?

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Swipe Right, Bumble, eHarmony, OH MY: Healthy Ways to Navigate Online Dating

By Alex Kinder

According to Forbes Magazine , there are nearly 2,500 online dating services in the United States vying for space amongst the 90 million single people between the ages of 19 and 45.  During a national survey of about 5,000 college students, ABODO posted that nearly 91.1% of college students are utilizing an online dating service, with 84.4% of them endorsing Tinder as their most used online dating service. Not only are college age students (18-30) downloading online dating apps and creating a profile, they are frequenting the apps an estimated ten hours a week. This post will focus on  healthy ways to navigate online dating, as well as research and statistics about college student use of online dating services.

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Mental Health and Wellness Apps

By Kate Fairhurst

Technology is an interesting thing. In many ways, it has opened doors and advanced our understanding of mental health on a global scale. On the other hand, there is mounting evidence that technology - particularly the Internet and Internet-based platforms such as social media sites and smartphone apps - can have negative effects on mental health in a variety of ways. Some research suggests a link between social media use and mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. Beyond that, there are indirect effects like the effect of screen use (and brightness) on sleep quality (something every college students can never get enough of, amirite?). I think the major thing to keep in mind here is the old adage “everything in moderation”. Not only that, but as the stigma of mental health has been decreasing, major tech companies have been harnessing their brain power to figure out ways to use technology and apps to help improve the mental health of today’s generation.

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Surviving the Holidays at Home

By Taylor Allen, MS

Going home for the holidays can be a great time to see family and friends you haven’t seen in a while. There are home cooked meals, readily available washers and dryers, and potentially a room all to yourself with no roommates/dormmates!

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Accessing the Office of Accessibility Services

December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Each year, the United Nations announces a theme to observe and this year’s focus is on empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality. Here at the Carruth Center and along with other departments on West Virginia University campuses, we place importance on empowering individuals and creating a sense of equality and inclusivity. 

At the Carruth Center, we often meet with students who are struggling academically and our office help students get connected to the Office of Accessibility Services. The Office of Accessibility Services helps improve a student’s academic success through arranging appropriate accommodations. Our staff also meet with students referred by accessibility specialists to receive appropriate documentation to meet the minimum requirements to obtain accommodations. Read on to learn how to effectively navigate the process to obtain accommodations through OAS, the Carruth Center and other applicable resources.   

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Meditate through the Madness

By Courtney McDonald 

It’s no secret that college is stressful. It seems that many of us will spend an all-nighter studying and then reward ourselves with an all-nighter of binge-watching our favorite shows. What if we tried incorporating self-care and “treating ourselves” into our daily routine? What if we started practicing mastering the art of balance? Where would we even begin?  

First of all, what is meditation?  It is a mental exercise that brings us better awareness and helps us create a mind-body connection. Practing meditation daily has  so many benefits, including overall better mood, lower blood pressure, and better concentration. It is important to remember that there is not a right or wrong way to do it! The important things are that you feel relaxed and enjoy the time spent doing it. Meditating every morning can help start your day off right, leading you to feel more organized and centered. Many have said that meditating every evening has been helpful for falling asleep. 

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Handling Finals Stress

If you’re someone who experiences stress during exams and feel like you struggle to get a handle on it, it’s okay. Stress responses and nerves are natural human processes that clue us into life events that are important to us. However, many of us could benefit from utilizing stress management skills, even if it’s just to help get through the end of the semester a little bit more balanced and healthy.

So what’s the magic formula to making exams a pleasant, stress free experience? That may not be entirely realistic, but hopefully some of the strategies below can help you get through it just a bit easier. 

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How to Handle Midterm Worry and Stress

By: Chelsea Latorre

It’s that time of the semester; midterms are right around the corner. This event happens every semester and even seniors who have been through this process for years can have difficulty managing their levels of stress and worry. Let’s discuss stress and worry to help you better understand what this can look like in your own life. 

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