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The staff of the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being are horrified and deeply saddened by the hate based violence that has plagued our country of late.  We stand by students, staff, and faculty of every religion, color, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic class, and nationality.  Belongingness is a well-being issue. If we are not a part of helping everyone feel that they belong, we are part of the problem.  Please, join our staff in lifting up the victims and survivors and do our part, wherever we are, to make our communities safe, supportive and welcoming.   …

Center Closed for Thanksgiving

McWell will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd, and Friday, November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We look forward to seeing you all back in the Center on Monday, November 26th from 8 am - 7 pm.  We hope you enjoy your holiday!…

Center Closed for Labor Day

McWell will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. We look forward to seeing you all back in the Center on Tuesday, September 4 from 8 am - 7 pm.…

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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Events

Friday, December 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/

Friday, December 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/

Friday, December 21, 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/

Friday, December 28, 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/

Friday, January 4, 2019

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/

Friday, January 11, 2019

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/

Friday, January 18, 2019

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/

Friday, January 25, 2019

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/