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

This spring, the course is being offered to students on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. March 20 through May 1. Stress is reported as one of the top barriers to academic success. This program uses support, meditation, breathing practices, self-discussion, exercise and nutrition, and journaling as resources to help people manage stress. This class is free, but registration is required.

Five things a past participant learned

1. Keep a log of negative thoughts. 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. 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. Essential oils. I had never thought to use these to help with stress. I bought lavender oil 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. March 20 through May 1
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.