Practice of Positive Living is a free, eight-week stress management program that assists students with being more present in their daily lives.

For the first time, the course is being offered to students on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. September 26 through November 14. Stress is reported as one of the top barriers to academic success. This program utilizes support, meditation, breathing practices, self-discussion, exercise and nutrition, and journaling as resources to help people manage stress. Registration is required.

A student who took the course with faculty and staff during the spring 2013 semester listed the top five things she learned during the course.

1. Keeping a log of negative thoughts I had during the day. This made me realize that I had a lot of negative thoughts daily and that I should focus more on the positive things in life.

2. Talking about the importance of a regular sleep schedule. I struggle personally with being able to have a regular sleep schedule while at school, and I know a lot of college students have the same problem.

3. I liked learning about essential oils. I bought lavender oil for myself recently and I love using it when I feel stressed out or anxious.

4. The “Where does the time go?” log sheet was very helpful. After I completed this activity, I really saw how much time I wasted during the day, and how I had free time that could’ve been put towards exercising or doing other important things.

5. Talking about mindful eating, and paying more attention to the foods I put into my body was very helpful. I started to realize I had a somewhat unhealthy diet, and after the course I really worked on incorporating healthy eating habits into my daily life like getting more fruits and veggies as well as getting more dairy.

When: Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. September 26 through November 14.
Where: 159 McCormick Hall.
More information/registration: Visit the Health Promotion and Wellness website for more information or call (309) 438-WELL (9355). Prior registration is required.

About Health Promotion and Wellness

Health Promotion and Wellness provides wellness information, services, and programming to students, faculty, staff, and the Illinois State community. People living, learning, and working in a healthy environment are more likely to reach their highest potential.

For more information, visit or stop by 187 McCormick Hall.