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Wellness Week

April 26 – 30, 2021

Wellness programs are good at helping people adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.

We hope to provide you with a myriad of skills, motivation, and social support, to remind you that sustaining healthy behaviors is beneficial and important as law school can be stressful, not only during exams, but through the year.

In the days leading up to Wellness Week, check your email for a special something from your friends at UB School of Law!This is our way of saying -  we are here for you and thinking of you – wherever you are!

What could be better than winning something at random? Brought to you by your mandatory student activity fees, SBA is holding a random daily raffle during Wellness Week. Each day, three luck students - one winner per class - will be announced in the Class Facebook Groups and a recap of winners will be posted in Thursday’s SIP Digest.

What you will find here:

Seek Support

Visit Dealing with Law School Stress where you will find a wealth of services available to all law students, including UB Counseling Services (UBCS), Buffalo-area community services, and links to free mental health screenings.

And, don’t forget, Student Affairs is here for you if you need to reach out at any time.

Ease Your Mind

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Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.

Watch an animal cam
Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Don’t have a pet at home? Why not bring a smile to your face with animal cams? Check out these suggestions:

Take a mental break!
A relaxing break can help to facilitate mental and memory recovery. A relaxing or fun break can help to reset your mood, thereby promoting positive wellbeing and reducing stress.

  • Join us on Tuesday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m. for the Buffalo Public Interest Law Program (BPILP) 2021 Virtual Auction & Social Event. This virtual event includes a week-long silent auction (open now to bid on!!), a live Zoom social event, and celebration of our student’s work this past year! For details on the auction and how to register for the virtual event, please visit the BPILP webpage.

Smell a cup of java
That’s right, take a big whiff of your morning coffee or tea before you drink it. The scent of the drinks can be enough to help reduce your stress levels.

Listen to music
Whether it’s rock, blues, pop, country, jazz or classical, studies show that listening to music can benefit overall well-being, help regulate emotions, and create happiness and relaxation in everyday life.

Complete a brainteaser
Visit Mind Games to solve a puzzle, crossword, or Sudoku. The focus you devote to these brain-teasing activities can take your mind off your worries and gives your brain a problem that has a clearer solution.

Create something
Draw, paint, knit, write, cook – do any activity that helps you express your creative flair. Try “Happy ColorTM” free color by number app in the Apple or Google Play store.

Salute the sun
The sun is a great source of Vitamin D (careful of UVB rays). Vitamin D is a unique vitamin that most people don’t get enough of. Find a sunny spot, close your eyes and lift your face towards the sun. Take slow deep breaths. Sit calmly for 10 to 15 minutes.

Be grateful
Try and write down the things in life that you’re grateful for. You can even do it each day. It can help keep your mind focused on being positive and when you face a difficult situation you can reevaluate those things in your life you are truly grateful for.  You can also do this with a collection of photos that bring you joy.

Connect with supportive people
Talking face to face – even virtually - with another person releases hormones that reduce stress. Lean on those good listeners in your life.

Get plenty of sleep
If you get less than seven to eight hours of sleep, your body won’t tolerate stress as well as it could. If stress keeps you up at night, address the cause and consider adding meditation into your day to make up for the lost z’s.

Take Care of Your Body

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Build in regular exercise to your weekly habits
Moving your body on a regular basis balances the nervous system and increases blood circulation, helping to flush out stress hormones. Even a daily 20-minute walk makes a difference.

Yoga can help reduce stress because it promotes relaxation. Yoga can benefit three aspects of ourselves that are often affected by stress: our body, mind, and breathing. You don't have to wait to feel stressed out to do yoga, and you shouldn't! 

Check out free yoga videos online like Yoga with Adriene, or download the mobile app Daily Yoga and take advantage of their free classes.  

(As with any exercise program, any physical exercise may pose some potential risks.  Overexertion and dehydration may cause injury. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with a medical provider before engaging in any physical activity.)

Stay #UBHealthy
Good nutrition is critical to your health. By eating regular and healthy meals, you are giving your body the fuel it needs to work properly – most especially when studying for exams.

Alcohol, nicotine and caffeine may temporarily relieve stress but have negative health impacts and can make stress worse in the long run. Well-nourished bodies cope better, so start with a good breakfast, add more organic fruits and vegetables, avoid processed foods and sugar, and drink more water.