Be Mindful, BC!

A Guide to OHP’s Mindfulness Map: Campus Locations for Reflection and Relaxation

by Abby Whelan

Boston College’s campus is known for it’s beauty and it’s plethora of tiny spaces to explore. Recently, the Office of Health Promotion put together a map of some of these spaces on campus that are conducive for reflection, prayer, meditation or simply relaxation.

Below is a further description of these locations that may offer a safe space for your quiet reflection during a busy week!

Multi-faith Center at 66 Comm Ave the multifaith center is a space that one may visit individually at any time in between 6 am to 11 pm as long as there are no group events scheduled. Located conveniently on Lower campus very close to the residence halls, this is a great space to seek out on your way to or from your room for the day.  

Labyrinth behind Bapst Library the labyrinth, a space that signifies the intersection between the human and the divine, was built as a beautiful memoriam for the members of the BC community tragically lost in 9/11. Labyrinths are typically used to meditate by walking along the circle slowly and mindfully, so if you are an individual who likes to move around while reflecting, this is a space for you!

Statue of Mary located on the path leading to CoRo outside of Bapst, this space offers a quiet corner of campus close to the library. Take a study break and slip outside to enjoy a few minutes in the sun and a few deep breaths!

Reflection rooms in the dorms there is typically a reflection room in each residence hall on campus. The reflection rooms offer space right within your living quarters to take a couple minutes and reflect and relax. While there are often programs occurring in these rooms, it is easy to seek a reflection room out and use the space without ever needing to take a step outside!

St. Ignatius ChurchFor those students seeking a larger space to reflect, St. Ignatius is the church located at the bottom corner of lower campus right along Comm Ave. While there is a daily mass schedule on both the weekdays and the weekends, anyone of any religious affiliation can slip in for a few minutes during the day for their own individual prayers or meditations.

St Mary’s  Saint Mary’s chapel, located along Linden Lane, is a breathtaking space to sit and be mindful. With its convenient location tucked away close to the main quad and both libraries, this space is perfect for a midday reflection session. It is also a nice place to say a quick prayer or do a quick body scan while waiting for the Newton/Comm Ave bus to pick you up at main gate!   

St Joseph’s Chapel in Gonzaga Saint Joseph’s is located on upper campus and is a great space for Freshman and Coro students to utilize! Take a few minutes out of your day to venture into the bottom floor of Gonzaga and attend a mass or do some quiet individual reflection.

Reservoir→ the reservoir offers a scenic outdoor walking path spotted with benches that each have a unique view of BC campus and/or Boston. Whether you run, jog, walk, or sit, this location is perfect for an outdoors reflection space. Take a lap and clear your head while taking in some serene views.

McNeil Family Garden      located under the bridge between Stokes Hall North and South, this is beautiful spot to spend a few quiet moments pre- or post- final. This time of year the space flaunts beautiful spring blooms and shady spots to journal, read, or reflect.

Stokes Amphitheater→ Stokes Amphitheater is a wonderful place located right across from Eagles and Mac! Grab some food in the morning, noon, or night to eat your meal outside or just lounge in between classes in the grass and or/stone.  

Lawn Behind Shaw House→   The Lawn Behind Shaw House is a lovely green space on Upper Campus for Freshmen to enjoy a quiet place outdoors. Enjoy meditating to music or finishing some homework on this lush lawn on Upper.

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#RealHealthatBC featuring Kellie O’Leary and Yoga

Kellie O’Leary & Andie Babusik

I highlight BC students for #RealHealthatBC features on all of BC Health’s social media platforms. These features showcase how regular BC students incorporate health and wellness into their (busy) everyday lives. A recent feature was of Kellie O’Leary, a Boston College senior.

Kellie does yoga at least four times a week. Through high school she casually did yoga, but she started taking yoga more seriously after an injury that left her unable to do her normal work out. Kellie says, “Yoga made me feel strong when I thought my body was weak and broken.” Now, whenever she feels sore or gets injured, she knows she has yoga to turn too. Kellie feels empowered by her body’s ability to do yoga and wants everyone else to feel just as empowered! Kellie details how yoga is a freeing experience for her, “There is no judgement in yoga. There are so many levels and variations, you can do it alone or in a class. Yoga can be molded to fit anyone’s life.”

Kellie loves that yoga can be modified for anyone interested. Most yoga moves have three variations, an easy, medium, and hard style. The variations are a great way to work in your comfort zone but still have room to advance. Not to mention, you can choose the moves that work for you. For example, if you broke your foot and can’t put any weight on it Kellie suggests doing sitting poses or one-leg standing poses. Kellie affirms, “Yoga is about listening to your body. Then you can give your body what it wants and needs.”

Yoga transformed Kellie’s life, maybe it can benefit yours too! Check out more of what Kellie had to say about yoga:

“When I got injured, I started practicing yoga more seriously, and it was life changing. Now I do yoga about four days a week. I love that you can make yoga whatever you want or need it to be for you. Yoga makes me feel strong and helps me de-stress. Exercising is about pushing yourself, but yoga is about giving your body what it needs. Everyone can do yoga and everyone should do yoga!”

For more information about healthy choices, schedule an iHP (Individual Health Plan) through the Office of Health Promotion at bc.edu/healthpro or visit BC Campus Rec’s website at http://www.bc.edu/offices/rec.html.

 

4 Things That Help Me Manage Time

by Genna Martin

Time management is a skill that has taken me a lot of practice to get good at. As I head into the middle of my third year at BC, I am increasingly familiar with how long different types of tasks take me, and what I should prioritize to set me up for success. For me, managing my time well is the number one step I take to keep my stress levels within a manageable zone. This is a big incentive for me. If I know that the coming week could be super stressful, having a plan for attacking the work ahead allows me to stay calm enough to be productive.

This is why I use a planner with everything written down in it so that I am aware of what lies ahead of me and can plan my time accordingly. In this planner, I write down everything from assignments, to club meetings, to planned lunches with friends. In terms of using my time effectively, I like to use small sections of time to break up bigger tasks. For example, while my laundry is in the washer I like to try to do a reading assignment, and after I switch it to the dryer, I will try to do another assignment. I like that this sectioning of time is structured, and by the time the laundry is finished drying, I will have been doubly productive by doing laundry and some homework at the same time. Then, while folding laundry, I can take a break and put on some Friends or something in the background! These kinds of breaks are really important for me to stay on track in my work schedules. Although it can be a slippery slope, I like to take frequent study breaks to watch one well-chosen YouTube video of Jimmy Fallon or Ellen DeGeneres, or something that lets my brain take a break!

Keeping a planner, making a study plan, breaking down the big tasks into smaller ones, and taking breaks throughout studying are my main ways that I like to make sure I am using my time as well as I can.

For more information on time management schedule an iPlan appointment here, bc.edu/healthpro.