Thursday, September 14, 2017

Five Benefits of Exercise

Did you know that exercise can provide significant benefits to help us breeze through classes, improve our grades, and feel better during midterms. No matter the level of intensity, or length of time, such as a cardio kickboxing class, or a walk around campus, just moving is important. Here are some exercise benefits:
  1. Improved Mood: When we exercise, hormones get released that make us happier and feel relaxed. Exercising more can also help with one’s opinion of their appearance, which can lead to improved self-esteem. Feeling good about ourselves can give us the confidence to persevere through those pesky writing intensive courses.
  2. More Energy: Exercising naturally makes your heart beat faster. As this happens, more blood and oxygen flow to the body. The increased amount of blood and oxygen in the important organs of the body creates a more energetic feeling overall. With midterms gradually approaching, everyone could use an extra amount. So, put down that energy drink and get moving!
  3. Better Sleep: As college students, we are lucky when we get more than five hours of sleep out of the recommended 7-9 hours a night, and sometimes that sleep can lack depth and we wake up tired. A decrease in sleep could make it more difficult to concentrate and retain information during class. Exercise can help! Slight physical activity for at least 10 minutes a day can increase sleep duration as well as depth, leaving us feeling better overall. 
  4. Healthy Skin: As some of us might know, faces can turn red with exercise. This is because the blood vessels are opening, and blood and nutrients are rushing to the skin. More blood and nutrients to the skin ensures quicker healing time, and improved skin health overall. Clearer skin can leave students feeling less self-conscious and more focused on what really matters.
  5. Strengthened Muscles: Exercise helps the muscles get used to taking in oxygen from the circulating blood in the body that it needs. Which in turn, leads to the heart working less to keep the muscles satisfied. Thankfully, that walk to upper campus could eventually get easier.
Exercising doesn't have to be extreme. Even a quick stroll around campus can make a difference. So, we have made it to the end of the list, but now it is your turn to put these words to the test! Go out and move your body and note your results. Feel free to comment below how exercise helps you, and we hope you continue on your healthy journey at the beach. Go Beach!

By Jessica Elderkin

Friday, September 8, 2017

Quick Ways to De-Stress

Quick Ways to De-Stress

 

That time has returned; the time of late night study sessions and not being able to sleep, in fear that you might miss your alarm. With the return of school, so does stress! Believe it or not, stress can have a negative effect on one’s health. If you have ever experienced a stomachache before a big presentation, you now know of the impact of even minor stress.

Here are 5 tips for you to quickly reduce stress (all of which you can do between classes).

Take a breather!  Find a nice shady spot, take a seat (if wet, put down a jacket or towel if you carry one around), and close your eyes. Try the grassy area in front of the bookstore! Sit still and pay attention to your breathing. Notice your breathing. Is it fast and shallow? Slow your breath down, count to 5 on the inhale and 5 on the exhale, or even say to yourself “in” on the inhale and “out” on the exhale, breathing in deeply and breathing completely out.

Exercise! When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are hormones that boost your mood. Even little workouts, such as taking a stroll around campus, can make a difference. It helps to find something that you really enjoy doing. If you don’t like running on a treadmill, don’t do it! The SWRC offers a wide variety of classes such as Aqua Zumba or Cardio Kickboxing. To plan your next workout, visit http://www.asirecreation.org/.

Start Planning! Taking some time to fill out a planner can be very therapeutic, as well as help improve time management. This can help with stress both short term and long term, because it is will help you know a week in advance that a test is coming up. If you don’t want to spend the money on a planner, buy a blank notebook and make your own.

Try Acupuncture! The Health Resource Center in the Student Health Services on campus offers free acupuncture sessions. Acupuncture helps reduce stress, quitting smoking or even if you are in recovery from other substances. A licensed acupuncturist uses the ear area, so we can do this in a group setting. If interested, call 562-985-4609 or walk in to make an appointment.

 Visit the Japanese Garden! Get a moment of zen and indulge in the free beauty available at the Japanese Garden. Gorgeous trees and ponds with koi fish abound. For 50 cents, you can feed the Koi fish, but bring something to hold the food in, such as a small container. More information can be found at their website: http://web.csulb.edu/~jgarden/index.html.


Continue on in your journey at the beach, and don’t let stress keep you from achieving your goals. Go Beach!


Jessica Elderkin

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Feeling Homesick?


Moving away to attend college may be the most thrilling experience you’ve ever had so far. You moved away from home to learn, grow, and experience new things, but most importantly to invest in yourself through education. Obstacles will come up along the way, including feeling homesick. 

What is homesickness? Well, it is basically missing your family, friends, the way you did things before, your bed, your pets, and everything about your existence before you moved away. It affects us all differently and we cope with it in various ways.

Here are some tips to coping with your feelings of being homesick.

It is okay to admit you are homesick.

The first step is understanding you are homesick. After acknowledging it you can being taking proper care to make the homesickness go away. A lot of students miss home, whether it is their first year or last it may be a continuous struggle. But as the years go by you start noticing what and who helps you feel better.

Build Your Support Team

A support system can be critical to get you through this. The counseling center on campus (known as CaPS) can be super helpful with a professional to talk to. Other supports include getting involved and making friends. These friends should be good listeners and people who accept you as you are. Talk to your friends and listen to each other as you go through all of the changes that moving away from home brings. A true friend wants to help you and see you thrive. Experience new things together, such as going out dancing, walking on the beach, exploring Long Beach on bikes, exercise at the Rec and Wellness Center, drinking coffee on campus, or having a sleepover. Reaching out and making new friends can be great help when you miss home.

Make Time to Talk

College can get chaotic, make time for your loved ones from home. Set up a time to call your mom or dad. Start a group chat with your siblings on snapchat or a group message on Facebook with your whole family. Randomly call your cousins. A text does not take very long and it can be as simple as “I am safe, healthy and fed, goodnight”. If this is not the case, do not lie to them either! Be honest, they are just as nervous as you having their precious child off to college on their own.
Plan ahead and make arrangements to go home on the weekends and holidays. Carpool if you can with other CSULB students, but be safe about it! Purchase tickets ahead of time so you can save money. Look at your syllabus to be informed about good times to leave town.

Your Wellness is a Priority

Regardless if you can go home or not, make your wellness a priority. Try to maintain a positive attitude, remind yourself of your goals, why you are here, and why you are doing what you are doing. Fuel yourself with healthy foods. Find activities you enjoy like running, playing tennis, or salsa dancing.

If you are feeling sick, the Student Health Services is on campus and here to help students. Call or walk in for an appointment. Appointments are free and available Monday through Friday 8am-5pm. There is also the counseling center (CaPS) located at Brotman Hall on the second floor if you need to talk to a professional counselor.


By Yesenia Garcia

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Guide to Getting Along with your Roommate



Moving in with a roommate is exciting and an adventure waiting to unfold. It is a big part of the college experience. Nonetheless, it will take effort from both parties for a smooth ride. Here are some tips to help you have a positive transition and memorable experience with your roommate.


You may become best friends or you may not; and that is okay.

The phrase “if we were all the same, the world would be a boring place,” which makes perfect sense here. It would be great if your roommate and you had the same exact interests but it may not work out that way. In the case that your roommate’s interests are the complete opposite, do not get frustrated or upset. Look at it from a positive angle with an open mind and make the most of it! If they like different things, take advantage of the opportunity to explore and learn about new hobbies, cultures, sports etc.

Creating Living Rules Together

Do not bring out the rule book the second you move in. Talk to them about your boundaries and rules no later than day 3. This is absolutely in everybody's best interest. 

For the most part, we grow up differently, with different cultures, traditions, and customs that may be new to your roommate and vice versa. Make time to sit down and have a conversation about it. Ask questions such as;

  • What do you think about having friends over?
  • What about guests staying overnight?
  • What time do we agree on minimizing the noise for studying and/or sleeping?
  • How do we alternate on cleaning?
  • Will studying or playing music out loud bother you?
  • Do you mind if people sit on your bed or your chair?
  • Would it be okay to borrow your (clothes, hair dryer, etc.)?
  • Are you okay with me using air freshener? 
The guidelines may change over time due to situations that may come up. Perhaps you or your roommate thought you would be okay with certain things, such as guests sitting on your bed but after you found chocolate smears over your pillow you revoked all rights.


Communicate, always!

Do not wait until you have so much accumulated in your chest that it makes you explode. As things come up that are resulting in an inconvenience, discuss them as responsible individuals. Do not turn it into an argument! Remember you are communicating your concerns and trying to resolve the situation. Yelling and purposefully pushing your roommate’s buttons will not resolve your concerns.  

Listen, listen, listen

It is safe to say most of us do not enjoy being called out on our wrongs despite how much we need to hear it. But you have to be conscious of your behavior affecting someone else. Be aware and sensitive. Your roommate may tell you there are things they do not appreciate about your behavior.  Try to understand and really listen. Being a good listener is not only going to help you with your new journey with this roommate, but with all of your relationships in the future.
Be aware that things are not always going to go your way. Try your best to be understanding and meet your roommate half way. Communicate, understand, and compromise.

Appliances and furniture cannot be physically split in half!
Having a mini-fridge, microwave, couch, rugs, lights, decorations, even a stapler and 3-whole-puncher come in very handy in your room. Since both of you will be sharing these you may think it is best to split the purchases half way. Although that is not a bad idea, it is better to split the costs in half but not for each individual purchase.
For example, a fridge, microwave, and coffee pot are needed. Have one person buy the microwave and coffee pot and the other person buy the fridge. Think about your needs after you move out of the dorms and try to keep the costs even.

By Yesenia Garcia






Wednesday, May 3, 2017

5 Tips to Make Your Summer Trip Perfect!




               Let’s face it—we’ve all been counting down the days to be free of homework and school projects! You are ready to start your summer adventures. I’ll admit that since the beginning of the semester I’ve been planning (and daydreaming) about my upcoming summer trips. Here’s some tips to make your vacation the best ever!


1.      Research your destination. Whether it is a planned trip or even a last-minute trip, make sure you do some research about where you are going. It helps with packing and can save you extra money. Also if you are going on for a specific reason—food, the scenery, festivals—it will help you make the most of your time. For instance, I am a HUGE foodie. Whenever I travel I look for Yelp reviews and articles on the areas close to where I am staying. A lot of the time they will have specials that can only be unlocked on Yelp such as 10% off your meal or happy hour specials after 6:00 PM. Some extra things to research:
ü  What are the specific laws in the area? If road tripping, the driving laws may be different in some states and internationally (like in Mexico). Laws for drugs and alcohol are also different around the world.
ü  What is the weather like? Check out www.weather.com
ü  Where is the closest hospital, law enforcement agency, and embassy (if traveling internationally)? What is their contact information?
ü  Is it dangerous? If you are travelling internationally, check out the U.S. State Department travel webpage for more information.
ü  Do you need any vaccines before you go? Check out the Centers for Disease Control website (www.cdc.gov) for travel information in advance of your trip.
ü  What is the culture like? Culture and customs vary between regions, states, and countries. If you are aware of the customs you can prevent embarrassing or dangerous situations.
ü  What about my phone? If you are travelling in certain areas, you might not easily get reception. Travelling internationally? There are temporary international phone plans that you can purchase through your wireless carrier, which will save you a lot of money. Also be careful with your data charges when you travel. Call your carrier to find out more.
2.      Make a packing list before you travel. In order to minimize forgotten things or being unprepared, make sure you make a list ahead of time. If you know the region or location you can Google: “Your Destination Packing List.” Cross it off the list as you throw those items in your bag.
Some other things to remember for you packing list:
  • Photo identification, Passports and Health Insurance Cards. Always keep these on you! Don’t put these in your purse or a hip belt, if travelling internationally. These should be stored in a under-the-clothes type belt. Pick pockets are rampant in some tourist destinations like Rome, London, Paris, etc.
  • Chargers and cables. If road tripping don’t forget your auxiliary cable and car charging adapter. If travelling internationally, you will need special plug adapters! Their electricity currents are not the same as the U.S.
  •   Prescription medications. When travelling with your prescriptions keep it in the original container with your name to avoid any issues. Some countries have actually made Adderall illegal (like in the U.K.!), so do some research if you are on medications like that. Bring enough to last for the whole trip. Sometimes extra medications should be brought just in case you extend your trip or something happens. 
  • Snacks. Always bring snacks in your luggage and carry-on bags. Nuts, dried fruit, energy bars, or trail mix are great snack items to have just in case of emergency.


3.      Plan a budget and stick to it!  Your budget should account for any expenses that pertain to your trip (for example: hotels, food, souvenirs). If you plan on traveling outside of the state or country, notify your credit card company so they do not flag your card for fraud and freeze your account. Also, keep some emergency money that you only use for emergency situations!

4.      Be flexible. When planning your trip always prepare for delays and changes. Try not to schedule events back-to-back. Things will inevitably change, like transportation times, restaurants or museums being closed, or even cancelled hotel rooms. Take it in stride and go with the flow.

5.      Safety. Always let someone at home know your whereabouts and update them throughout your trip. Make this person your emergency contact; this means the person who would take responsibility if you were injured, jailed, etc. (like a parent or guardian). They should have copies of your passport, visa, credit card numbers, and itinerary.

I hope that these travel tips help with all the important aspects of your trip. Have fun and enjoy your adventure!

By Marissa Mayeda


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Financial Fitness 411



A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to take part in a Wellness Wednesday workshop titled “Financial Literacy 101”. The speaker, Dominica Scibetta, did such an incredible job providing the attendees with important knowledge, that I felt a desire to pass it on to my fellow 49ers.

As students, we have all struggled or are struggling with our finances. Becoming financially fit is important in every aspect of life. For instance, when trying to purchase a car, or rent an apartment, finances play a big role. Money problems are often the main cause of stress in relationships and student loan debt is at an all-time high across the nation. No matter how little or how much money you have, being smart with your money can reduce stress. This is the time to learn a few tips to stay financially fit.
1)      Track your income for one month. Any money that you receive, put it on the spreadsheet! If you work in the service industry and collect tips, start tracking the amount of tips you get on a daily basis.
2)      Track all of your expenses for the week (Or month).  Track it on phone or by downloading a free budgeting app like Mint.com. This gives you a starting point and helps you see where it all goes!
3)      Create a budget. Now that you know how you spend your money, create a budget that includes the necessities (leave nothing out) and always try to save something. See the following idea called the 80-10-10.
80-10-10 budget.
·        80% of your income is for necessities, such as rent, insurance, phone bill, groceries and any other household expenses.
·        10% of your income will go into a savings account. Having a small savings can be a stress reliever if any unexpected events happen (like a flat tire, or parking ticket)
·        10% of your income can be used towards any charity that you are passionate about. I know this may be difficult for some students but I feel it is something we can all strive for in the future.
Many people don’t realize how much they are actually spending on eating out and buying unnecessary things. After doing my own budget tracking, I realized that I spent more than $200 eating out in just two weeks! This was only eating out at places like Yogurtland, Subway and movie popcorn; no groceries! Since keeping track of my finances, I have set my budget for eating out to $50 and have yet to go over it.

Improving Your Relationship with Money
Talking about finances makes some people really nervous. If you get worried when you think about it, start changing your attitude about your relationship to money. Think positively and take control of your finances. Learning to spend wisely and saving for the future (and emergencies) will help you make big steps towards getting financially fit!

CSULB offers a lifetime financial fitness workshop and information online. 

For more information on how to get Financially Fit, check out this FREE resource: https://csulb.financialliteracy101.org/  Code: CSULB-ALL

By Keri Ichikawa

Thursday, April 20, 2017

6 Best Tips for Finals Prep!



Hey 49ers! So we are getting close to that time again as the end of the semester approaches.  No, not quite summer yet, more like final exam time! Even as I wrote that last line I felt a cringe in my stomach. Luckily, there are some tactics we can do as students to prepare for that time of high intense stress.


  1. Give yourself enough time to study This can be for college students especially when most also work. The best tip is to review any notes or handouts from class right before bedtime ever night or most nights. This will help you retain the information for longer periods of time.
  2. Organize study groups with your fellow classmates. Studying in a group helps one learn and retain information because students explain concepts to each other. Another person might use words that help you understand the concept much more clearly.
  3. Explain answers to others. Explaining a concept to a classmate enhances knowledge and understanding also increases. Through the process of explaining information out loud, we are able to see if there are any trouble areas that require more study time.
  4. Make flashcards. For classes that require a lot of memorization, flashcards are your best friend. They are portable, so you can throw them in your bag and pull them out whenever you have extra time, like riding the bus, or waiting in line, or waiting for a class to start. Cut flashcards in half so they are more portable and it saves money. For those students who want to save paper, there are free apps available for this. Quizlet is one of them, this app is great because you can share them with other people.
  5. Keep exercising regularly. Even if that means taking a walk in between study sessions. Keeping the body active will help to reduce stress and improve blood circulation. It is also one of the best ways to reduce stress, boost your memory and help you sleep better. Some people even use this as a chance to listen to recordings of themselves repeating information about the topic they are studying.
  6. Eat food that helps you study. Yes, there are foods that help with concentration and memory. Foods like blueberries, yogurt, fish, nuts, seeds, and even dark chocolate all have the ability to keep energy levels up and increase our focus.

Try out these suggestions to make this the best semester ever! It might help change your grades and boost your GPA!

By Keri Ichikawa



Friday, April 14, 2017

The Latest in Birth Control News




With the recent withdrawal of the American Health Care Act, a Republican-sponsored bill that would have repealed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), supporters and patients of Planned Parenthood can take a momentary sigh of relief. During his campaign and after winning the 2016 presidential election, President Donald J. Trump promised Americans that he would fight to “repeal and replace” the ACA, signed into law by former President Barack Obama in 2010. But after House Republican leaders pulled legislation to repeal the ACA from consideration on the House floor, President Trump’s promises fell flat.
Repealing the ACA would have eliminated Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood clinics for one year--funding that represents 30% of their budget. A de-funding of Planned Parenthood would have decreased the accessibility and affordability of basic health
care services especially among low-income women. Planned Parenthood offers many types of birth control, sexual health counseling, cancer and diabetes screenings, STD testing, and vaccinations. Clinics across the U.S. provide such forms of birth control as condoms, the pill, the implant, the IUD (intrauterine device), the patch, the Depo-Provera shot, and the NuvaRing. Although they do provide abortions, this is only 3% of the services that they offer.  Men and women with already limited access to primary care greatly benefit from the free or low-cost services provided by Planned Parenthood.

In fact, as many as 5 million women, men, and adolescents worldwide are served by Planned Parenthood in a single year. That includes sexual and reproductive health care, education, information, and outreach. Through these services, Planned Parenthood health centers focus on prevention of unintended pregnancy and support an individual’s right to make informed decisions about their own body.
By Monica Roque

Friday, April 7, 2017

How to Help a Friend in Need


At the beginning of the school year I had a health scare. I was in and out of the emergency room for chest pain, shortness of breath, and body aches that would not go away. I ended up on bed rest for three weeks—the longest three weeks of my life.

What made these longest three weeks of my life bearable were my friends. I would receive multiple texts and phone calls each day from them. Some even came to visit me at home and brought me food. None of the medicine that the doctors prescribed helped me as much as my friends being there to take my mind away from my boredom, pain, and worries. I was able to talk to them about my concerns like falling behind in school, not knowing for sure why I am on bed rest, and other crazy things that popped in my mind. I’d like to say that if it were not for my friends, I would not have recovered as quickly as I did.

Although we may take it for granted, friends are an important part of most people’s lives. They are an important support system—we laugh with them and cry with them. However, it is important to be there for our friends when they need us.

Having a friend in need is sometimes uncharted territory. Figuring out ways to be helpful is not always clear. So here are a couple of ways to be there for a friend in need:

1.      Listen. Sometimes a person needs to be heard. Being an outlet for a friend with a lot on their mind might help them think through the problem they are working though. Being a good listener can be reassuring and strengthen the bonds of friendship.
2.    Don’t pry. Your friend may not be ready to share certain details. When they are ready they will tell you.
3.      Don’t ask how you can help. Sometimes your friend does not want to bother or burden you. Even if that is not the case, it is one more thing to think about when their energy needs to be focused on the problem at hand. Instead, bring them lunch, run an errand for them, or even take them to the movies!
4.   Be there for your friend. Make sure that your friend knows that you are there for them. Setting time aside to spend with them might be a break from an already stressful life. Be sure to check-in on them, but let them know if its okay if they don’t respond.
5.     Know your resources. If your friend needs a professional to talk to there are many resources available including the Counseling and Psychological Services on campus and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
6.    Seek help. If someone is threatening their own life or some else’s life, bring your friend to the Emergency Room or call 911 immediately.

Life’s challenges happen to the best of us and it’s okay! Knowing that you have a supportive friend can make all the difference on getting through it. People are social creatures by nature, and friends are a powerful medicine!

References

DeMeo, T. (2016, March 09). How to Be a Friend in Need -- Seven Tips That Can Help a Troubled Friend. Retrieved April 06, 2017, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/terry-demeo/how-to-be-a-friend-in-need----seven-tips-that-can-help-a-troubled-friend_b_9418726.html\

The Jed Foundation, Facebook, the Clinton Foundation, Facebook, Instagram. (2014). Help a friend in need. The Jed Foundation.

By Marissa Mayeda

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I need new friends! How to meet quality people


Are you moving into the residence halls as a freshmen? Are you transferring over from another school?  Moving out or moving in and looking for a roommate? Are you hoping to make new friends? With students from over 90 countries and 37,000 students, Cal State Long Beach is the place to be!

Here are tips and tricks to help you take that first step to meeting new people and establishing friendships that will create great memories!

Go to places that you enjoy and find interest in:  It would be beneficial if you shared some interests with your new friends. This allows you to initiate conversation and spiral into other topics that you are both excited about.

Explore!  Don’t limit yourself, get out of your comfort zone. Try something new to make new friends. Maybe you always wanted to learn to rock climb or surf. Take a class at the SRWC or a PE class.  

Get involved: Joining campus organizations, Greek life, or clubs has many benefits. Obviously, a group that interests you is super important and educational. But you also have the opportunity to meet others and network. Most organizations or clubs have volunteer opportunities, retreats, and socials that gives you a great opportunity to socialize and make friends.

Attend campus events: Many departments have their own events held on campus, which make it very convenient and fun. Housing always hosts events, which are usually free (since you paid for it in your housing bill), so take advantage of it! Associated Students Inc. (ASI) also sponsors multiple events throughout the year as well. These are usually free to students. Through ASI you may also find volunteer opportunities to get involved with and make friends!

Leave your door open: This is not only meant metaphorically but if you are living in housing, try to leave your door open when convenient for you and your roommate. Prior communication with your roommate is advised just so that both of you feel comfortable. Leaving your door open puts you out there, getting others to be curious and get the conversation going.

Sit with other people: Try doing this at the dining hall, at the library, in the USU or even on the bus. Introduce yourself, ask their major, or where they are from. It is a simple and effective way of meeting new people. Who knows, maybe you can meet up for lunch at the dining hall for the rest of the semester. Most people want to make new friends, so put yourself out there and smile!

Form study groups! Meet new friends from class and ask to meet up to study. This can be off campus or on campus, whichever is most convenient. Take advantage of study breaks and get to know each other but remember to be productive!

Surround yourself with positive friends that you can be yourself with and have fun with! Friends should help you grow and support you, especially during your college years where there is so many new things to experience.


Be open minded to the possibilities of friendship! 

By Yesenia Garcia

Monday, March 13, 2017

Step UP for Sexual Health



This semester seems as though it is zooming by with papers, exams, and all the other things we have to do. But it’s time to empower ourselves by taking care of our sexual health. Here are a few steps to gain control over one’s sexual health

    Step 1: Learn more about it
               Learning about your sexual health is important, but sometimes family and friends can give out false information. Also, if you use the Internet, you might find some unreliable sources. Try to stick to reliable information such as:
            www.bedsider.org
           Centers for Disease Control at: www.cdc.gov/sexualhealth
      American Sexual Health Association at: ashasexualhealth.org
           Also the Student Health Services (SHS) offers a Sexual Health Awareness Workshop. This workshop covers safer sex, various contraceptive options, and information on sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). Call today at 562-985-4609 to make an appointment.
      Step 2: Figure out your Plan
            Create a plan for your sexual health. Whether this means going to the doctor and discussing birth control or buying condoms and dental dams to keep in the nightstand, it is a plan of protecting your sexual health. When researching your plan, it is important to think about all options and what would work best in your life. There are health educators to talk to in the Student Health Services to help you figure out a plan and ways to be safer.
       Step 3: Get Tested
            Be responsible for your sexual health by getting tested for STIs and HIV. The SHS offers STI testing for: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and HIV. You can make an appointment by calling 562-985-4771 or go online to csulb.edu/shs.
            There are also testing facilities besides the SHS, like Planned Parenthood, and Out of the Closet. The Health Resource Center has a variety of outside referrals if you want to go somewhere else.
        Step 4: Create Boundaries
            Being in college allows us to an opportunity to grow! Discover what you are comfortable with. Think about boundaries you want to set, so when you do decide to become sexually active, you are aware of your limits. If you are currently sexually active, it is still the perfect time to set up guidelines for yourself and your partner.
Step 5: Communicate
          Communicating is part of being responsible regarding one’s sexual health. It is important for each individual to stand up as their own sexual health advocate. This means being able to discuss wants, needs and dislikes openly. Empower yourself- you are the only one who will advocate for your sexual health!

By Jessica Elderkin


Friday, March 3, 2017

How Your Thoughts Affect Your Health


If you’ve ever felt your heart pound prior to a big presentation or your face warm after saying something embarrassing, then you’re already familiar with how powerful that thoughts can be on the body. The “nocebo” effect (“I will harm”) and the “placebo” effect (“I will please”) have been regarded as such powerful forces that credible scientific research often require control groups to rule out results that may have been altered by them. Studies have shown time and time again that the effects of the mind over our bodies are profound. So the question arises; what implications does this have on our health?
When thinking negative thoughts, we can cause our bodies to release chemical signals that do harm. In a 1997 study conducted by neurophysiologist Fabrizio Bendetti, consenting patients were injected with normal saline but told that it was a pain-triggering medication. Some of those patients also received anti-anxiety drugs to block negative thoughts. Only the group that did not receive the anti-anxiety drug reported experiencing pain. This study highlighted the idea that our thoughts are powerful enough to impact our health in negative ways and lead to things such as stress and pain. Thoughts are powerful enough to trigger these experiences even if they would have otherwise not occurred. Although this can be a scary thought, the opposite is also true.
Thinking positively can have just as powerful an impact on our health as negative thought. In a 2004 study conducted by psychologist Dr. Tor D. Wager, patients who were already suffering from pain conditions were given a plain lotion and told that it was pain relieving cream. MRI studies indicated that they experienced natural pain relief from hormones that pain medications are artificially made to mimic. We all have the power within us to think positively and impact the overall health of our bodies in this way.
If you find yourself in a loop of negative thought, strategies exist to stop them: 
1. Try going shopping with your mind! Imagine a grocery store aisle and shop for things that you like. 
2. Occupying yourself with other thoughts can take your mind in another direction. If this doesn’t help, try reframing your thoughts. Instead of dwelling on something negative, think about what you’ve learned from it and how it helped you to grow. 
3. Make a list of all the things in your life that you are grateful for like food to eat, clean water to drink, the opportunity to attend college, etc. 
4. Are negative thoughts becoming a more chronic issue? Try our Koru Mindfulness meditation classes or our Yoga for Mood groups! Contact the Health Resource Center by phone at (562)985-4609 or by e-mail at hrc@csulb.edu for more information.


By Clara Chang

Monday, February 27, 2017

CSULB's Wellness Programs to Help you De-Stress

Student Health Services cares about you. Which is why we have various services to help you de-stress because your well-being is our priority. These services are free, meaning they have been paid for in your tuition. Take advantage of what you already paid for! These resources are all located on campus, it is convenient, free, and beneficial.

Acupuncture
Offered every Wednesday at 3:00, 3:30, and 4:00 p.m. at Student Health Services.
This is a great way for students not only looking to destress but those who are trying to quit smoking, and/or participate in Beach Recovery.
To schedule an appointment call 562.985.4609.

Yoga for Healing
8-week series that combines gentle yoga and guided activities in a supportive environment.
Trauma-informed yoga incorporates the mind, body, and spirit, providing another pathway for healing from incidences of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Questions? shs-yogaforhealing@csulb.edu or 562.985.7075.

Yoga for Mood
6-week series starting in March!
Explore how yoga, meditation and breathwork can help you better manage your mood, cultivate a sense of calm and relieve stress.
Questions? shs-yogaforhealing@csulb.edu or 562.985.7075.

Thrive at the Beach
Meet one-on-one with a health educator to discuss your health goals.
This program is structured to help with stress reduction, time management, improving quality of sleep, intuitive eating, and fitness.

Koru Mindfulness
4 week class to learn mindfulness and meditation.
Wednesdays 12:30-1:45 p.m. at Student Health Services
Learn how to be more mindful, less stressed, get better sleep and have less self-judgment!
Questions? SHS-Koru@csulb.edu

Stress-Less Workshop
Thursday’s at 3:30 at the Health Resource Center
Get tips on how to manage stress and get to practice a short meditation and deep breathing. You will also receive a stress-o-meter to allow you to regulate your stress levels at any time of the day.

Call 562.985.4609 to schedule an appointment!

By Yesenia Garcia

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Top 5 Reasons to use the CSULB Student Health Services!



It’s confidential!
We won’t disclose your health information to anyone but you! We get your cell phone number for every visit so we make sure we are calling you directly! Let us know if you change your number.

It’s free or very low cost!
The Student Health Services is paid for in your tuition! It’s always free to see a clinician at our clinic if you’re not feeling well. There may be a low cost fee for a lab test, vaccines, or medications from our pharmacy. We are a non-profit clinic, and everything we do is at-cost. That means if it costs us $5.00, it costs you $5.00!

We have licensed, qualified medical professionals!
All of our medical staff are fully licensed professionals with years of experience working in a college health setting. Our staff cares about our students at CSULB and wants to help you stay healthy!

There’s lots of services!
Lab, Pharmacy, X-ray, immunization clinic, nutrition counseling, STI testing, birth control, alcohol/drug counseling, AA meetings, smoking cessation, and more!

You can get the Gardasil vaccine for free!

If you’re between 19-26 years of age, you may qualify to get all three shots of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, for free! If you don’t have health insurance and go to an outside clinic, the vaccine can be $450-750 for all 3 shots! Take advantage of this great service!

By Heidi Girling

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