Face it: college is stressful. Blame that on classes, jam-packed schedules, and nonexistent free time. That’s why you should thank your lucky stars for the campus wellness center, which is exactly what it sounds like: the best place to get well on campus by relaxing. Isn’t that nice? It is. Here’s what most campus wellness centers offer:
1. Massages. Really, this alone should be enough for you to visit your campus wellness center. After all, who doesn’t like a nice massage every once in a while? What’s better is the fact that wellness centers will sometimes offer free massages during midterms and final exams. Doesn’t that kind of make you actually look forward to tests? Weird.
2. Exercise. Wellness centers may offers exercises programming like yoga, spin, and other popular forms of activity. The best part is that these classes may be led by qualified students, meaning you get to relax and have fun with your peers at the same time.
3. Counseling. If you’re still stressed out even after a massage and a little physical exercise, then you might want to consider counseling. It’s not necessarily the same thing as therapy–more like an outlet to blow off steam in a comfortable environment.
4. Nutrition. Any good wellness center helps students take care of their bodies in multiple contexts, including nutrition. See what specific programs your campus wellness center offers. They may be able to teach you how to eat well and eat healthy at the same time. Stay tasty and rock some purple carrot juice! Seriously.
5. Health Education. All college students encounter potential health risks such as excessive drinking or smoking. To help you find a balance, your campus wellness center will provide education, guidelines, and helpful hints on how to stay healthy. They’ll also help out when it comes to potentially awkward topics like sexual activity. But don’t be self-conscious–the wellness center is a judgment-free zone.