Illinois State University students report stress as one of their top obstacles to academic success. While a certain amount of stress is necessary and unavoidable, there are important skills that people can learn to help them manage stress in a healthy and productive way. This semester, two free courses are available through Health Promotion and Wellness to help participants live intentionally and manage stress.

Practice of Positive Living
Practice of Positive Living is a stress management program that assists participants with being more present in their daily lives. The program utilizes support, meditation, breathing practices, self-discussion, exercise and nutrition, and journaling as resources for stress management. No special equipment or clothing is required for participation. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from September 30 to November 18 from 3 to 4 p.m. in McCormick Hall. Sessions are facilitated by Jill Belongia, an experienced registered yoga teacher. An employee only session is also available on Tuesdays from September 30 to November 18 from Noon to 1 p.m. in McCormick Hall. The class is free, but registration is required.

Mindfulness Course for Students
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the moment, and nonjudgmentally. During this class you will learn and practice various mindfulness and meditation techniques that can help improve sleep; reduce stress and anxiety; improve focus, academic performance, and eating behaviors; and contribute to a greater sense of well-being and happiness. This course meets once a week for four weeks October 9 through 30. Each session is 75 minutes long, and attendance is required at all four sessions. This course is free, but 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. Focusing on the seven dimensions of wellness, Health Promotion and Wellness believes that 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.