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McWell Summer Hours

The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being will be open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm during the summer, starting Monday, May 14. Please feel free to reserve the Break Room, the Living Room, and the Fort during these times. We look forward to seeing you soon!…

Center Closed for Good Friday

McWell will be closed on Friday, March 30 for Good Friday. We will reopen on Monday, April 2 with normal hours. We look forward to seeing you then!…

International Day of Happiness 2018 Spotify Playlist

 

Good news: there is officially a day that is dedicated entirely to happiness! International Day of Happiness will be celebrated all around the world on March 20 and McWell is joining the movement. With the idea that happiness is a fundamental human right in mind, the United Nations created the International Day of Happiness in 2012 to promote and celebratethe happiness of everyone around the globe. …

Spring Break 2018 Hours

Monday, March 12: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 14: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 15: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, March 16: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.…

Digital Detox: Turn Off & Tune In

Boost your social well-being this week by participating in McWell's Turn Off, Tune In Challenge. Studies suggest that the average person checks their phone 110 times a day, and we encourage you to 'turn off' that technology and 'tune in' to the social connections and activities that you may be missing out on.  The New York Times recently published an article called How to Break Up with Your Phone

Moderation for the Win

I bear great news: there’s finally a way to take the “guilt” out of “guilty pleasure!” How, you might ask? For every “cheat food” you consume at the dining hall, supplement it with a nutritious side item. I highly recommend eating your side items first and slowly as well; they crush any temptations you have to go grab more of your “cheat food” by pre-filling your stomach with food that is both filling and easier to metabolize. Think of the side item consumption as “conditioning” your body before it takes on the main event! Is your mind absolutely set on the pizza in the dining hall tonight? No problem! If you want one slice of pizza, supplement it with a small side salad; if you feel drawn towards two or more slices of pizza, pick up a piece of fruit to eat alongside your salad. I also recommend investing in a large, reusable water bottle that you can refill regularly and carry with you from class to class. Not only does this encourage consistent hydration; with (free) water constantly in hand, you often feel less inclined to purchase soft drinks or juices when you pass by campus shops and restaurants. Before you know it, pairing your less healthy foods with more healthy ones will transition from an obligation into an enjoyable habit.

McWell Closed January 18th

McWell will be closed on Thursday, January 18th due to no staff on site. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause! Have a lovely week.…

Well-Being Hack: Reducing Screen Time

Interested in a well-being hack? Check out this one, brought to you by McWell Student Assistant, Kenzie Issac: On a given day, try replacing fifteen minutes of every hour you spend looking at your phone or television with a personal mindfulness session. Oftentimes, we attempt to escape our daily stressors (albeit futilely) by immersing ourselves in the interesting, alternate realities provided through our technology. This is not always the best coping mechanism, especially since too much screen time can give you a headache, making it even more difficult to become productive. Do not run away from your worries; embrace them - put them into perspective - and you may find that they are not as urgent or as scary as you thought them to be. So the next time you decide to put off that paper by binge-watching a show on Netflix, slow down, and bring yourself to a stop. Close your eyes. Breathe. Release all of the pressure buildup in your head. Think about what you you are grateful for that day, what made you smile, which challenges served to be learning

Visit us on Fall Break, 9am-4pm

We hope you enjoy your fall break, ND!  Please stop by to see us if you're on campus. We will be open from 9am-4pm during the break and will resume usual operating hours on 10/23/17.…

The DH Dash: Economical Eating Can Be Healthy, Too

I stroll into South Dining Hall at 7:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, and my eyes involuntarily dart towards the mashed potatoes. They have gravy today. I confidently walk past the stir fry, the salad bar, and baskets of fresh fruit towards my starch-laden destiny. As I inhale spoonful after spoonful of potato, I think to myself that they taste even better than they did yesterday. And on Monday. And on Sunday……

Successfully Navigating the Roommate Experience

Many people enter college expecting to make a best friend out of their roommate. Sometimes this happens; other times, the priority becomes keeping the peace (if) and when possible. Most students fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. No matter where you currently stand in your relationship with your roommate, never forget that the needs of both of you should be equally considered. This can only be accomplished through meaningful communication. Don’t harbor hard feelings for your roommate over the course of the semester, only for all your grudges to inconveniently surface and pour over during finals week. If you two have different standards of cleanliness, set boundaries, and make compromises. If you operate on different sleep schedules, assign separate study spaces to the early bird and the night owl. Adequate sleep is integral to your overall wellbeing, so don’t forfeit any of it out of fear of confrontation. If you are not okay with who circulates in and out of your room during the day, speak your mind. It is your room just as much as it is your roommate’s, so any physical or mental stimuli that challenge your comfort are worth addressing. Your room is your everyday space, so how do you make the best of sharing 50% of it with someone else (someone who may even be a stranger)? Take a look at this article

So, Activities Night Happened: Am I Overextending Myself?

It is not uncommon for students to leave Activities Night adorned with free notebooks, water bottles, and hard candy – ready to take on the world with their newly-packed extracurricular schedules.

One week later, dozens of email lists about orientation meetings and trainings saturate your inbox. “Why did I sign up for that?” you ask yourself. Before you have even finalized your class schedule, you find yourself attending multiple events, sessions, and workshops each day, rendering yourself exhausted and barely motivated to focus on your primary obligation: homework. “This is too much,” you grumble after the third week of school. Already, the wear and tear of college life has aged you.…

On Coping with Homesickness

Do you ever return to your dorm after a long day, longing for the comfort of your bedroom back home? Ever enter the dining hall praying that your grandma’s homemade soup somehow made the menu that evening? Have you ever desperately needed the advice of your high school best friend, but you knew that a Skype conversation would not nearly parallel the satisfaction you have from seeing them in person? If you responded “yes” to any of these questions, know that you are not alone. We have all been there, so don’t feel like you should repress your homesickness. Not only is communicating your feelings healthy – it is also a great starting point for receiving the support you need. There are plenty of resources around you that can guide you in the process of feeling happy and secure on campus. Every student has a coping mechanism when faced with a new and overwhelming environment, and this article

September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month, an annual observance celebrated every September since 1989. In September, and throughout the year, Recovery Month spreads the message that: Behavioral health is essential to health, Prevention works, Treatment is effective, and People recover.  Mental and/or substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels. Help is available. Individuals can get better, both physically and emotionally, with the support of a welcoming community. As the Notre Dame Family, we celebrate those in recovery and encourage those who are struggling to seek help through the many resources available.  AA meetings are held several times throughout the week on campus (go to http://www.michianasober.org/

Registration open for Koru Mindfulness Class

Registration is now open for Koru Mindfulness classes beginning the week of September 12th. 

Koru Mindfulness is a free 4-week series of mindfulness classes designed specifically for college students.  Registration is required, but previous mindfulness practice is not.  Space is limited and this is a popular class open to all students - Register Soon Here!

McWell Fall 2017 Hours

Hello and welcome to a brand new year with McWell! Saint Liam Hall's building hours have changed which means so have ours.

McWell will now be open at the following times:

  • Monday 10:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Tuesday 8:00AM -7:00PM
  • Wednesday 8:00AM-7:00PM
  • Thursday 9:00AM-5:00PM
  • Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM

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Summer Hours

Summer! Our summer hours at McWell will be Monday thru Friday 9am - 4pm.…

Self-Care for Finals

Ways to Practice Self-Care During Finals. 

Finals week can certainly be challenging, which makes it that much more important to proactively nurture and maintain your personal well-being.  We recommend that students make a point to continue to practice their normal self-care routines, which can sometimes fall by the wayside during stressful times like finals week.  This includes things like taking the time to eat nutritious meals to nourish your mind and your body, giving yourself plenty of time to sleep (aiming for 7-9 hours per night for optimal performance), and continuing normal physical activity routines which can be excellent for stress relief.  Of course it's also important to practice other stress management techniques such as mindfulness and meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or even something as simple as intentionally taking a stroll around ND's beautiful campus.  Additionally, we are big advocates for taking intentional study breaks to engage in something that you love to do, even if it's only for a short period of time during your long study sessions!  …

McWell is Hiring

Now seeking student applicants for McWell Assistant Role.

Are you interested in the work that McWell does? We are currently seeking applicants to fill our role of McWell Assistant.  This student will work alongside our staff to support the department’s initiatives, and will be paid based on the University’s 2017-2018 Hourly Student Pay Rates, anticipating an average of 6-8 hours per week. Some evening/weekend hours may apply, in which case the student's typical weekly work schedule would be adjusted.  For specific job requirements and desired qualifications, and to apply, please visit here

Events

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Art Attack

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Location: DPAC

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Your all-access pass to explore the arts at Notre Dame

Join McWell at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center for live performances, free snacks, and giveaways. This event is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff! More information.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Glow Yoga

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Location: 205 Rockne

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Join McWell and RecSports for our relaxing and fun event: Glow Yoga! Every Thursday night, we'll gear up with glow sticks, dim the lights, and have an awesome yoga session.  Glow sticks are provided along with mats, or you may bring your own mat. No pre-registration required, but please bring your ID to check-in. We'll see you there! (8:30-9:30 at Rockne Memorial 205)…

Friday, August 24, 2018

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

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Location: 215, The Living Room

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings on campus are:

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM - 3rd Fl. Hammes-Mowbray Hall

Fridays, 12:00 PM - Room 215 Saint Liam Hall

For more information visit http://www.michianasober.org/

McWell Tix

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Location: Browning Cinema

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Go see a movie this weekend!  McWell will be sponsoring 10 free student tickets per showing at the Browning Cinema.

To claim, please visit the ticket office at DPAC.  First come, first served.   …

Saturday, August 25, 2018

McWell Tix

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Location: Browning Cinema

Mcwell Tix Dpac Poster 2018

Go see a movie this weekend!  McWell will be sponsoring 10 free student tickets per showing at the Browning Cinema.

To claim, please visit the ticket office at DPAC.  First come, first served.   …

Monday, August 27, 2018

Health Hut

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Location: Follow @McWellND for Location

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Visit McWell's Health Hut for activities, freebies, and giveaways.  We will be setting up around campus throughout the semester, so follow @McWellND on Twitter and Instagram to find out where we're at this week.  See you there!…

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Nature Connect

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Location: Meet at McWell. Open to all undergraduate & graduate students, faculty, and staff.

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You're invited--please join McWell every Tuesday for their free outdoor mindfulness event: Nature Connect. This event gives you a chance to unplug and enjoy the beautiful Notre Dame campus. In Nature Connect you'll experience mindfulness techniques throughout each session, although no previous mindfulness experience is necessary. We'll meet at McWell each week, but times will vary so be sure to follow @McWellND on Twitter or check our website (mcwell.nd.edu

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Pop-Up Hammocks

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Location: Follow @McWellND to see where we're hangin' out

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Catch us hangin' out on the quad with McWell's Pop-Up Hammocks.  Follow @McWellND on Twitter and Instagram to see where we're at this week!…

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Glow Yoga

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Location: 205 Rockne

Glow Yoga Poster

Join McWell and RecSports for our relaxing and fun event: Glow Yoga! Every Thursday night, we'll gear up with glow sticks, dim the lights, and have an awesome yoga session.  Glow sticks are provided along with mats, or you may bring your own mat. No pre-registration required, but please bring your ID to check-in. We'll see you there! (8:30-9:30 at Rockne Memorial 205)…

Friday, August 31, 2018

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

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Location: 215, The Living Room

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings on campus are:

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM - 3rd Fl. Hammes-Mowbray Hall

Fridays, 12:00 PM - Room 215 Saint Liam Hall

For more information visit http://www.michianasober.org/

McWell Tix

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Location: Browning Cinema

Mcwell Tix Dpac Poster 2018

Go see a movie this weekend!  McWell will be sponsoring 10 free student tickets per showing at the Browning Cinema.

To claim, please visit the ticket office at DPAC.  First come, first served.   …

Saturday, September 1, 2018

McWell Tix

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Location: Browning Cinema

Mcwell Tix Dpac Poster 2018

Go see a movie this weekend!  McWell will be sponsoring 10 free student tickets per showing at the Browning Cinema.

To claim, please visit the ticket office at DPAC.  First come, first served.   …

Monday, September 3, 2018

Health Hut

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Location: Follow @McWellND for Location

Health Hut

 

 

 

Visit McWell's Health Hut for activities, freebies, and giveaways.  We will be setting up around campus throughout the semester, so follow @McWellND on Twitter and Instagram to find out where we're at this week.  See you there!…

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Nature Connect

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Location: Meet at McWell. Open to all undergraduate & graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Nature Connect Poster 2018 5x7

You're invited--please join McWell every Tuesday for their free outdoor mindfulness event: Nature Connect. This event gives you a chance to unplug and enjoy the beautiful Notre Dame campus. In Nature Connect you'll experience mindfulness techniques throughout each session, although no previous mindfulness experience is necessary. We'll meet at McWell each week, but times will vary so be sure to follow @McWellND on Twitter or check our website (mcwell.nd.edu

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Pop-Up Hammocks

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Location: Follow @McWellND to see where we're hangin' out

Hammocks

 

 

Catch us hangin' out on the quad with McWell's Pop-Up Hammocks.  Follow @McWellND on Twitter and Instagram to see where we're at this week!…

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Glow Yoga

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Location: 205 Rockne

Glow Yoga Poster

Join McWell and RecSports for our relaxing and fun event: Glow Yoga! Every Thursday night, we'll gear up with glow sticks, dim the lights, and have an awesome yoga session.  Glow sticks are provided along with mats, or you may bring your own mat. No pre-registration required, but please bring your ID to check-in. We'll see you there! (8:30-9:30 at Rockne Memorial 205)…

Friday, September 7, 2018

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

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Location: 215, The Living Room

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings on campus are:

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM - 3rd Fl. Hammes-Mowbray Hall

Fridays, 12:00 PM - Room 215 Saint Liam Hall

For more information visit http://www.michianasober.org/

McWell Tix

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Location: Browning Cinema

Mcwell Tix Dpac Poster 2018

Go see a movie this weekend!  McWell will be sponsoring 10 free student tickets per showing at the Browning Cinema.

To claim, please visit the ticket office at DPAC.  First come, first served.   …

Saturday, September 8, 2018

McWell Tix

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Location: Browning Cinema

Mcwell Tix Dpac Poster 2018

Go see a movie this weekend!  McWell will be sponsoring 10 free student tickets per showing at the Browning Cinema.

To claim, please visit the ticket office at DPAC.  First come, first served.   …

Monday, September 10, 2018

Health Hut

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Location: Follow @McWellND for Location

Health Hut

 

 

 

Visit McWell's Health Hut for activities, freebies, and giveaways.  We will be setting up around campus throughout the semester, so follow @McWellND on Twitter and Instagram to find out where we're at this week.  See you there!…

4-Week Koru Mindfulness Sessions Begin (Registration Required)

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Location: 3rd Floor, Saint Liam Hall

4-Week Koru Mindfulness sessions begin this week!

Interested in feeling more mindful, more rested, and less stressed?  Join our free Koru Mindfulness classes!  By joining Koru, you'll commit to four 75-minute sessions that take place once per week for four consecutive weeks.  For additional information, including dates, times, and registration information, visit https://mcwell.nd.edu/services/stress/

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Nature Connect

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Location: Meet at McWell. Open to all undergraduate & graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Nature Connect Poster 2018 5x7

You're invited--please join McWell every Tuesday for their free outdoor mindfulness event: Nature Connect. This event gives you a chance to unplug and enjoy the beautiful Notre Dame campus. In Nature Connect you'll experience mindfulness techniques throughout each session, although no previous mindfulness experience is necessary. We'll meet at McWell each week, but times will vary so be sure to follow @McWellND on Twitter or check our website (mcwell.nd.edu

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Pop-Up Hammocks

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Location: Follow @McWellND to see where we're hangin' out

Hammocks

 

 

Catch us hangin' out on the quad with McWell's Pop-Up Hammocks.  Follow @McWellND on Twitter and Instagram to see where we're at this week!…

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Glow Yoga

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Location: 205 Rockne

Glow Yoga Poster

Join McWell and RecSports for our relaxing and fun event: Glow Yoga! Every Thursday night, we'll gear up with glow sticks, dim the lights, and have an awesome yoga session.  Glow sticks are provided along with mats, or you may bring your own mat. No pre-registration required, but please bring your ID to check-in. We'll see you there! (8:30-9:30 at Rockne Memorial 205)…

Friday, September 14, 2018

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings

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Location: 215, The Living Room

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings on campus are:

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM - 3rd Fl. Hammes-Mowbray Hall

Fridays, 12:00 PM - Room 215 Saint Liam Hall

For more information visit http://www.michianasober.org/