This blog post is the 2nd installment in a series featuring 7 Day Stress Less Challenge participants’ responses to questions we posted on social media.
December is Spiritual Wellness Month at Maryland.
We asked students where they like to go on campus to practice spiritual wellness and take time to reflect.
Spiritual wellness involves reflecting on life’s meaning and connecting with something larger than yourself which may or may not include participating in religious traditions.
Often engaging in spiritual wellness calls for us to pause and appreciate the world around us giving us a new perspective – something that can be a great stress-reliever.
Spiritual Wellness Ways to De-Stress
- Take a meditative walk through the labyrinth at Memorial Chapel
- Go to a free meditation session offered through the Health Center (offered Tues, Wed, & Thurs)
- Find a peaceful place to journal
- Sip mindfully on an herbal tea
- Take a YogaFit group fitness class through CRS
- Do deep breathing exercises and focus on the present moment
- Go to a service in a spiritual or religious tradition meaningful to you
Over 60 Terps shared and tweeted where there favorite quiet place is on campus to reflect. Here’s what they had to say:
@UMWellness I like sitting on the benches at Hornbake plaza in the fall while sipping apple cinnamon herbal tea and enjoying the fall colors—
Kayla Park-Brouse (@KaylaParkBrouse) October 23, 2012
@UMWellness Anywhere I can watch a squirrel - it's a fun and random distraction from stress making for multiple mood boosts a day (:—
Jennifer Wivell (@j_wivell) October 23, 2012
@UMWellness the library at CSPAC. Not too many people usually go there so it's always quite. 🙂—
Claire (@BenignLove) October 23, 2012
@UMWellness I enjoy going to McKeldin Mall and laying on the grass during the late afternoon when everything slows down to de-stress.—
[Jermaine] (@Jermaine_Knows) October 23, 2012
@UMWellness my room or the flexus/virtus study lounge is no one is around!—
Elisabeth Cutchin (@LittyRose) October 23, 2012
@UMWellness A little stairwell next to my dorm that overlooks a quiet parking lot—
Astrid Diaz (@SmiteTheBeast) October 22, 2012
@UMWellness I like to hang out outside Van Munching! The trees are so pretty this year, and it helps me unwind after class—
Kathleen Seski (@kseski1) October 22, 2012
@UMWellness I love to sit on McKeldin Mall and take in the sun, fresh air, and sounds of the fountain! 🙂—
Zara Simpson (@zsimpsonUMD) October 22, 2012
Joshua Dowling (@JosDow) October 22, 2012
@UMWellness I like sitting in Hornblake Plaza when it's nice out or in Hornbake library when I need some quiet time. =]—
Starr (@sipofSTARRshine) October 22, 2012
Ariana (@_arianagarcia) October 22, 2012
@UMWellness The Atrium of the chemistry building... it's always quite, tons of places to sit, and there's a huge window to look outside—
Rhi (@Rhiaguilar) October 22, 2012
@UMWellness I enjoy relaxin on McKeldin Mall-especially when its nice outside!—
Cooleen (@firegirl1312) October 22, 2012
On Facebook (click here to go to post and read on Facebook):
Now, it’s your turn! Reply to us on Twitter (click ‘reply’ below) or leave your thoughts in the comments.
What's your favorite place to go on campus when you need a quiet place to reflect and de-stress? #stresslessUMD—
Wellness @ UMD (@UMDWellness) October 22, 2012
Looking forward to hearing from you!