by Kate Lundquist, guest writer, the Wellness Cricket
As the new school year sets in and routine begins to take place, it is easy to create habitual patterns. The key here is finding a pattern that is fun, beneficial, and energy building instead of fun, destructive, and depleting…catch my drift? Though it is stellar to go out hard on Friday and Saturday night, maybe taking one of those nights to catch up on sleep or relax to a good movie may serve your body and mind better than going nuts for the whole weekend. Otherwise, getting burnt out can very easily take over life. I find that the more I have a positive routine– going to the gym, running, attending a yoga class downtown once a week, reading a book that is not required at school– helps me maintain my focus on schoolwork and be stress free. Although it may not seem fun to schedule this in, it actually is once you start going to those activities you enjoy. Stress alleviates and this distinction that school and life at Warren Wilson is just a part of who you are, not the whole of it. This way we keep our sense of identity as we merge as a community.
Unsure of how to regenerate after a week of stress and expending energy? The wellness crew is hosting Wellness Week, a 5-day exposure into what the crew is offering for the year. This includes bodywork, yoga, aromatherapy, dance therapy, and more. Held in Canon Lounge throughout the week, this is an opportunity to see what is offered on campus to be a part of, what you can offer, and where to find what you need when you need it. Check it out on the inside page.
There is also a new yoga teacher on campus this semester, Sarah Couture, who is teaching a Jivamukti style of yoga (emphasis on strength, awareness, and relaxation) for all levels. She is a good friend of mine and an amazing teacher. Check her out Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. If you have any questions or suggestions for raising health awareness and increasing the level of happiness on campus, we always welcome your ideas and collaboration ideas.