Improving Self-Esteem

As we luxuriate in the emerging warm weather and the end of classes, you may be reminded of fresh starts and new beginnings. You might feel like you’ve lost touch with your sense of identity while battling winter’s hibernation.   Self-esteem impacts goal setting, openness to opportunities, functioning in interpersonal relationships, and overall mood. While…

The Benefits of Group Counseling

Have you ever experienced a morning when everything went wrong, and you said to yourself, “It’s going to be a BAD day”? Minor inconveniences can easily snowball into a bad day with the wrong mindset. You may already be attending workshops with the Academic Success Center (ASC) to assist you in improving your study skills;…

What is Trauma

According to the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual 5thEdition (DSM-5), trauma is defined as a person being exposed to death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence, in the following four scenarios: Direct exposure. Witnessing in person. Indirect exposure, such as learning that a close relative or friend was exposed…

Stress and Cortisol

Did you know that both stress and cortisol and cortisol and belly fat go hand in hand? Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, is released when you experience emotional, mental, or physical stress. This hormone aids in the body’s flight or fight response, giving you the energy needed to deal with stress. In the…

Distress Acceptance with Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? You may have heard the word mindfulness a lot lately. It’s become a social media buzzword revolving around acceptance and doing activities wholeheartedly. You might be wondering what exactly mindfulness is all about and where it comes from. Mindfulness is when you are focused in the present moment; it is a state…

Cultivating Emotional Intelligence

What is emotional intelligence (EQ)? Many tests are available to determine a person’s intelligent quotient (IQ). While knowing your IQ score maybe helpful, a lot of research suggests simply using IQ scores as a measure of intelligence oversimplifies the broad spectrum of human abilities. An IQ score is only reflective of an individual’s cognitive abilities….

Embrace Differences

We live in a world full of differences and similarities. In today’s society, differences can be used as a weapon to divide and destroy. In November 2018, the FBI released hate crime statistics, which revealed a 17% increase in reported hate crimes from the previous year. Bias-motivated crimes based on gender identity, sexual orientation, race,…

Negative Self Talk

Your biggest critic is you. We’ve all heard this saying before. It’s the little voice in the back of your mind that critiques your actions, doubts your abilities, and judges your person.  Overcoming negative self-talk isn’t always as easy as thinking positive thoughts. Over time, negative self-talk can become an automatic response to challenges, difficult…

Stretching to Relieve Stress

Most of us experience a good deal of stress in our daily lives, especially us Wayne State students during exam time. There never seems to be enough time in the day! And that stress builds up without our realizing it, creating physical and mental stiffness. Stretching can be an effective strategy for preventing and alleviating…

Am I Depressed

Being depressed is different from feeling sad or being in a bad mood occasionally (or when there is a good reason for these feelings, like a loss or a setback). Depression is more persistent and lasts longer than do temporary moods, it usually involves some physical changes, and it hurts your ability to function at…