Students come to the Counseling Services office wanting to feel better about themselves and others. The counselors are trained to assist people with personal growth, awareness of self and environment, and developing the skills students need to cope with problem situations.
We believe that when students seek another objective perspective through the utilization of counseling services, that the students are demonstrating courage and wisdom.
Just breathe! Breathing Exercises
During times of high stress, learn how to take deep breaths. A good way to do this is to place one hand on your chest and one on your stomach. Take a deep breath in while feeling the hand on your stomach rise up and the one on your chest stay still. The most common breathing exercise is Box Breathing. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose to the count of four. In this step, count to four very slowly in your head. Feel the air fill your lungs, one section at a time, until your lungs are completely full and the air moves into your abdomen. Hold your breath for another slow count of four. Exhale through your mouth for the same slow count of four, expelling the air from your lungs and abdomen. Hold your breath for the same slow count of four before repeating this process. Be conscious of the feeling of the air leaving your lungs. Repeat this as many times as you need. If you would like a visual representation, you can find online links that will help you through Box Breathing or use the Breathly app which will give you Box Breathing and other timing counts to breathe to.