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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