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McWell Center Hours

McWell will be hosting Moreau First Experience tours from Tuesday, 9/17 through Monday, 9/30.  During this time, our center will have very limited room availability.  Thank you for your patience while we welcome our first-year students to McWell!…

McWell Closed for Labor Day

McWell will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day. We will resume our normal hours on Tuesday at 8 am. Have a great weekend!…

Fall 2019 Center Hours

Welcome home, Irish! Starting Thursday, August 22, McWell will resume its normal operating hours for the Fall 2019 semester. The Center will be open for the following times on the following dates:

Mondays: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesdays: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursdays: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

McWell Summer Hours

McWell will be open Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm throughout the summer.

All restorative spaces are available for reservations and drop-ins. In addition, snacks, coffee, tea, and essential oils are available during business hours. We hope to see you soon!

 

Please note, the center will be closed on May 27 and July 4 for Memorial Day and Independence Day.…

Failure Redefined

McWell has developed a new initiative, Failure Redefined, which is designed to challenge perfectionism by encouraging students, faculty and staff to embrace failure.  Failure is part of being human; we all fail at some point in our lives and that is okay! Student, please join us Monday, April 29th for an art-themed Health Hut experience at 1:30 at the South Quad flagpole, and again at 7pm in Carey Auditorium (1st floor of Hesburgh Library) for Caitie Whelan’s workshop, The Art of Risk Taking, where there will be VIP prizes for the first 15 attendees. Stories of resilience will also be shared through our Instagram account - follow along @McWellND.  

GROW Peer Leaders - Dining Hall Hacks

Students: Out of Flex points? Need some dining hall inspiration? The GROW Peer Leaders, a McWell-affiliated group of enthusiastic students committed to promoting wellness on campus, have compiled a recipe book of dishes to help you break out of that end-of-semester dining hall rut! From sweet potato toast to Mediterranean quinoa salad, the recipes are sure to help you finish this school year off well

In Light of Recent Events

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