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5 Yoga Poses You Can Do While You’re Studying

You can practice these poses with instructors at the BeWellUGA Pop-Ups! FREE for all UGA students: Chair Yoga, Health Coaching Consultations, Stress & Anxiety Managment Tips, Essential Oils, & more!

Students practicing yoga with University Health Center instructor Alice Huff
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Stress: The Thing We Can’t Live With…or Without!

I know what you may be thinking…living without stress sounds GREAT!

However, when we think about stress, it isn’t always just bad stuff. Hear me out! Certain levels of stress are designed to help you perform–like the stress you may feel before an interview or a performance. The stress in those moments may give you energy and keep you motivated. Stress that helps you perform is often called “positive stress,” or eustress. Eustress can still feel uncomfortable, but it’s not so overwhelming that you can’t cope.

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Keep Your Teeth: Wear the Mouthguard

February is Dental Health Month, and it also means that spring intramural teams are getting ready for the season! Here’s a friendly reminder from UHC Dental Clinic about the importance of mouthguards…

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Conversations on Consent: In the Fight

Members of the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Student Group (#RSVPatUGA) at the University of Georgia sat down with students across campus to talk about consent. Here is what Simran Jadavji (she/her/hers) and Josh Dunn (he/him/his), In The Fight Executive Board Members, had to say…

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Simran: “We have this discussion [on consent] a lot in terms of what we do as an organization. For me, personally, consent is really the freedom to choose. In the work that we do, we talk a lot about how that choice is often missing. Even when you think it’s there, it’s really not. In our work, human trafficking is a result of coercion, and that’s a lot of what we talk about in terms of consent. Just because you said ‘yes’ doesn’t mean you truly wanted to say ‘yes.’ Intention has a lot to do with that.”

Josh: “I think a lot of what goes into consent and actually giving consent is not necessarily what’s going on in the moment but all of the different factors leading up to that moment, like where they are, who they’re with, why they’re there, what else is going on in that relationship with the person that’s asking for consent or not asking. Power dynamics are important.”

Simran: “Right now, in one of my classes, we are doing work on sexual assault, and we are talking about the affirmative consent policy and how a lack of a ‘no’ or a silence does not mean ‘yes.’ You have to actually say ‘yes.’ I think that becomes iffy with the kind of work that we are passionate about, because ‘yes’ doesn’t always mean ‘yes.’ Like Josh said, it really is taking into account all of the factors that lead up to that ‘yes.’ And sometimes, and this gets complicated, but even taking a step back culturally can be eye-opening. If you’re studying femininity and masculinity, women don’t always have the right to say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ It’s so ingrained in us to believe certain things. Consent is a very difficult thing to nail down.”

Josh: “We talk a lot about commercial sexual exploitation as a whole, and one of the big parts of that is prostitution. There is a very big conception that people that are prostitutes are choosing to do that. They are willingly selling their bodies, and of the biggest things we talk about that is what true consent looks like. Even if someone is making the choice to do that, if there are very limited options to take care of themselves or family or if there are threats of violence against them, threats of blackmail, it might appear that they are doing that willingly but it’s not a choice they are making without outside influence.”

Simran: “That’s a big thing for us. You might have the opportunity to choose, but if your options have already been selected for you, you’re not really choosing.”

For more #DawgsGetConsent conversations, follow @UGAhealthcenter on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

The Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services office at the University Health Center provides free and confidential services to UGA students. The office can be reached during business hours (M-F, 8am-5pm) at 706.542.8690, or 24/7 via the RSVP Hotline: 706.532.SAFE (7233). RSVP services are made possible by The Fontaine Center.

Healthy Hints from Fellow Dawgs

In Fall 2018, we asked students to leave #HealthyDawg hints on a display board at the Science Library. Here’s what you had to say…

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How much should I be moving?

As the end of the semester approaches, it becomes harder to make sure you are still taking care of yourself – getting enough sleep, eating a well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and making time to get moving. But it’s just as important as ever to do so!

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#HealthyDawg Hint: The Jingle Bell Fun Run/Walk 5K at the UGA Golf Course is a great way to get up and get moving on Reading Day!

 

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UHC Spotlight: Monica Williams

Monica Williams, PhD, is a psychologist on the University Health Center’s Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) team. As such, she asks a LOT of questions and gets to know a LOT of students! Here’s your chance to get to know her…

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Monica (left) and her favorite cousin at a wedding.

What led you to become a therapist?

I enjoy helping people transform pain into empowerment. 

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It’s Fall Y’all…

…so let’s enjoy it! Take advantage of the cooler weather and the many fall festivities happening around Athens this year! If you’re looking for a place to start,  The Fontaine Center’s PADE Group has put together a no- or low-cost bucket list of autumn activities to try out.

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UHC Spotlight: Matthew Hinton

Matthew Evan Hinton, LMFT, is a member of the CAPS team at the University Health Center. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, he asks a lot of questions…so we thought it was his turn to answer a few!

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Check out what Matthew had to say…

What led you to become a therapist?

I like understanding things. I get geeky about a topic and dive in to make sense of whatever that thing is. When I decided to work toward being a therapist, a big part of that was a desire to understand people. The more people I work with, the deeper understanding I get about the human experience.

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