“Mindfulness” or “being mindful” are words that get tossed around a lot these days, but what does it really mean to “practice mindfulness” or to “be mindful”? […] Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, describes mindfulness as “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”
Category Archives: Coping
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook
by Aaron Schantz, MA, LLP, CAPS Staff Counselor Perhaps you have a bit of time over break for yourself? To some of you, that question feels opposite of your plans for break because you will be frantically busy. But maybe the other extreme is true and you may feel relatively confined to home with more …
Mental Health and the Election Season: Part 3, Why Plan?
Take time now to prepare a plan for self-care using the 5 C’s: Cultivate, Connect, Contain, Commune, and Comfort.
Finding peace through expressive writing: An old method for a new challenge!
Journaling is form of writing that is not new, but many people find helpful. Expressive writing is a specific kind of journaling, and this blog post links you to a new, guided COVID-19 resource for coping through writing out your thoughts and feelings.
A Brighter Hope Lies Ahead (Guest Blog with Tim Koberna)
Take time to reflect on what we are learning from COVID-19 and be encouraged by what lies ahead for all of us–a brighter Hope.
A Time for Mindfulness Meditation
by Dr. Kristen Gray, Licensed Psychologist, Associate Dean for Health and Counseling, Director of CAPS It seems as though mindfulness meditation is mentioned in almost all recommendations for coping with COVID-19. But just exactly what is mindfulness meditation? Is it right for you? Are you willing to give it a try? According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, …
Coping with the Anxiety of Living in a COVID-19 World? Try this!
A free workbook is available through The Wellness Society’s website that has good, sound exercises for people who are looking for some self-help guidance in this time.
Mind, Body & Spirit Wellness during COVID-19 (Guest Blog with Tim Koberna)
Head Athletic Director Tim Koberna shares some collected wisdom about ways to stay well–mind, body and spirit–during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Pain of Loss (Guest Blog with Tim Koberna)
Tim Koberna is the Head Athletic Trainer and an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Hope College. He is passionate about student resiliency and grit, and approached CAPS about ways to collaborate to support all Hope students–in particular, the approximately 600 student-athletes–during this time. In that spirit, he writes the following to the Hope community in …
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DISCUSSIONS WITH DASH (Coping Skills during COVID-19 Response)
KJ Boyd, staff counselor in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), shares a TIPP for remembering four skills to regulate yourself in times when you are feeling overwhelmed. Dash is her canine co-worker and scene stealer.