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November 13th, 2014

Some students consider the college experience highly stressful, while others believe it to be the best time in life. There are even those who find both of these to be true during different periods.

Regardless of perception, such a time is unique in providing you the opportunity to begin creating your life. Choosing a major, classes, friends, activities and places to live all impact who and how we want to be in the world. These choices can be exciting and daunting. Most are rooted in our common desire to be happy. But how many of us look at creating happiness as a primary goal? Can we learn happiness? And if all of these choices are rooted in our desire to create happiness, why are college students so stressed?

chillWELL, WELLWVU’s November/December liveWELL theme, is here to help.


What often gets in the way of happiness- our ability to fulfill our fullest potential- is ourselves. How we think, act and speak has a dramatic effect on how we perceive and respond to the world around us, which directly affects our happiness levels. Lifting the veil of stress, we can more easily find that which excites us about our life purpose.

chillWELL aims to provide students with tools and environments that help transform stress. Programs like HeartMath® can help you recognize and change your physiological response to stress. The chillPACK, available online, can help you look for the good in life.

Small changes can have a big impact. Did you know your brain is 31 percent more productive on positive than on negative, neutral or stressed? So increasing happiness levels is actually good for your GPA!

Our WELLgo calendar teaches time and energy management strategies to prevent that frazzled stress state that is all too common in the weeks leading up to finals. Mantra workshop can help you develop awareness of your self-talk and choose language that’s supportive and uplifting. Yoga and meditation classes teach skills to cultivate presence and expand into a more relaxed way of being.

Since most of the stress in our lives comes from ruminating over a past event or worrying about a future one, learning how to: ‘be – here –now’ is a powerful antidote to stress.

We have our third and final chillFEST planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Mountainlair. Including all of the above programs, chillFEST also offers massage and art activities.

Drop-in yoga and meditation classes are available in the yoga studio in the Health and Education Building. Check out the full schedule on our chillWELL page.

Shift your lens to positive! Tweet us @WELLWVU or tag us on Instagram with #wvugrateful.