Self Care


September 9, 2019

Even So, Choose Life (through despair and suicide may loom)

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

For some gloom, despair, and agony are the companions of late. Yet, it’s a new academic year and hope is fired up. Many of us are enthused with the fire of devotion to new learning and hoped-for, meaningful careers. Even the woods seem aflame with color, and the time of harvest is at hand. Maybe…


July 10, 2019

Feeling Well is Part of Being Well

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Know what?  Sometimes I don’t feel so good.  I’m sad.   I’m lonely.    I’m angry.    Other days I feel great!  I’m happy .  I’m giddy .  I’m hopeful.  I’m guessing that many of us around here are like me—more comfortable with our intellect than we are with our emotions.  Feelings are for poets and…


June 28, 2019

Toward a Healthy Independence

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

It’s that time of year again when we Americans celebrate our independence.  As with so many of our celebrations, we’re probably not so healthy, and our customs are far removed from the declaration of those colonial signatories.  Our American myths tell us to be rugged individualists independent of anyone else, yet politically those colonists recognized…


December 13, 2018

A Necessary Rest

Marybeth Norcross

Finals are over and the fall semester is coming to an end. Everyone is tired, so the Winter Break is the perfect opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to rest, recharge, and relax. Think about it – there are no impending exams or unfinished projects. The old semester is over and the new one hasn’t…


April 9, 2018

Finding Balance: A Life Skill

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

Balance:  the focus of jugglers, gymnasts, Tibetan Buddhist monks, Navajo healers.  The mandalas of the monks are intricately created symmetrical sand paintings hand-built, grain by grain, over several days as an act of devotion.  Navajo healers devoted to the restoration of health for an ill person similarly create an elaborate symmetrical sand painting, grain by…


March 12, 2018

Doing Good to Yourself and Others, a Call to Altruism

Robert Musser, Ph.D.

April 15-21, 2018 could be one of the most important weeks for you this year.  The “Points of Light” organization has designated this week as National Volunteer Week.  Did you know that volunteer work, altruism, has benefits both for the giver and the recipient?  A growing body of research is indicating that appropriate emotional compassion…


December 11, 2017

Enjoy Winter Break

Marybeth Norcross

With finals over,students are ready to rest and enjoy the Winter Break. It’s important to take time to have fun and relax so you can begin strong when the new semester starts, so here are four ways you should take care of yourself over the winter break. Take Care of Your Physical Self No doubt…


October 16, 2017

Why Exercise?

Contributing Author

“Why Exercise” is the second in a series of posts from the Student Wellness Center.  We appreciate the expertise of the staff at the Student Wellness Center to guide our students to better health and better academic success.  Our author this week is Dr. Molly Sherrill, a resident physician in the Student Wellness Center. In…


September 11, 2017

Good Sleep is Important for Wellbeing

Contributing Author

We welcome the Student Wellness Center to our Student Success Blog.  This is the first installment in an anticipated series addressing important self-care topics.  We are relying on the expertise of the staff at the Student Wellness Center to guide our students to better health and better academic success.  Our author this week is Dr….


July 31, 2017

Hot Summer Days

Marybeth Norcross

There are many summer activities to enjoy on the beautiful rivers, lakes, trails, and mountains here in Arkansas. However, with temperatures climbing up to triple digits, it’s wise to be sun-safe, and take a few precautions. Heat-related illnesses can affect anyone, so it’s best to follow these tips to avoid dehydration, heat-stroke, and other heat-related…



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