Wellness Corner

By: Leslie Jones

Do you have wellness-related questions? Any topic, including physical wellness, emotional issues, relationship problems, drug or alcohol problems, and more can be addressed. Use the form to submit an anonymous question to be answered by Leslie Jones, ENMU Wellness Counselor, and published in the next issue of The Chase. No identifying information will be published. http://enmu.edu/services/counseling/wellness-question.html

Dear Leslie,

I just found out that I’m pregnant.  I’m a freshman here at ENMU.  I’m not ready to be a mom.  What should I do? – Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

You do have options.  I suggest you make an appointment with ENMU Health Services (562-2321) to discuss the alternatives you have, such as adoption or termination of the pregnancy.  All options should be considered carefully and can be very challenging.  If you don’t have any friends or family to talk to about this issue, make an appointment with ENMU Counseling & Career Services (562-2211).  We are here to listen and offer all the support you may need during this difficult time. 

Dear Leslie,

I am STRESSED!!  I signed up for way too many classes this semester and between that and all the clubs I’m in, I can’t keep up.  What should I do?? – Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

First, let’s find out where the majority of your time is going.  Use an activity log to track your activities and determine the importance level of each activity:  http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/worksheets/ActivityLog.pdf.  Do the more important tasks in your life (such as school, work, and clubs) get most of your time, or are you spending more time on low-priority activities (such as socializing, napping, or gaming)?  Sit down and make yourself a daily schedule; be sure to put it in a planner or even in your phone so you have it handy at all times.  Check it often, so you stay on task.  Remember, sleep is a high-priority activity.  We often cut down on sleep so we can do other things that actually aren’t as important.  Make sure you schedule time for sleep; the more rested you are, the more productive you’ll be!  If you need more help with time management, make an appointment with the ENMU          

Counseling & Career Services office (562-2211).

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