Wellness Wednesdays: Video on the idea of “both/and” thinking
Counseling Services is continuing a tradition that started during the initial quarantine in the spring of 2020 by sharing occasional Wellness Wednesday tips on SALVEtoday.
The mental health tip offered today video below is by Meghan DeCarvalho, a social worker and director of counseling services at Salve Regina. She has been working in college mental health for over thirteen years and is starting her fifth year at Salve Regina.
After welcoming the Class of 2024 last week during orientation and speaking with them about this idea of having multiple feelings about the same event (i.e. starting college at Salve Regina in the midst of this season of change and adjustment), DeCarvalho thought she would share this similar message with the larger Salve Regina community.
Video: Mental health tip on “both/and” thinking
The video is on the idea of “both/and” thinking, which comes from a number of psychological theories and interventions. Meghan mentions an article in the video, which speaks to the author’s fatigue in living in pandemic. This article offers a number of helpful tips at the close of the article and can be found here.
The tips are:
- acknowledge ambiguous loss
- accept life is different
- expect less from yourself
- recognize different aspects of grief
- practice both/and thinking
- engage in activities and relationships that are fulfilling
If an undergraduate student is looking for support or mental health tips during this time, please visit the recently updated Counseling Services website, or they can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Counseling Services also has a new Instagram account where they will be offering various mental health tips, so follow along!
This article is part of a regular series called Wellness Wednesdays on SALVEtoday. Check out more posts related to health and wellness here.