Highlighting Pacific Wellness: Tame The Tiger
Some Pacific students may remember their introduction to Pac-Well, short for Pacific Wellness, as the University’s program which aims to bring wellness and eliminate stress in the lives of Pacific students. As part of this program, Pac-Well has put on numerous events in the past and are planning more events for the month of September.
Pac-Well focuses on eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, career, physical, social, and spiritual. These areas were chosen because students were likely to experience difficulties, anxiety, and stress. All Pac-Well events are related in achieving wellness in these eight dimensions.
Pac-Well is hosting its Wellness Walk from now through December 19th. The Wellness Walk, also in association with Pacific’s Baun Fitness Center, is a series of walks that allows students to reflect on certain dimensions of wellness, like physical and emotional. Students can pick up a pedometer and punch cards from Baun Fitness Center front desk. They can choose a daily goal of certain number of steps and turn in punch cards for prizes.
Pac-Well is hosting a marquis event, known as “Taming the Tiger”, that runs from September 27th to Sep- tember 29th. The event kicks off on September 27th with the De-Stress Fair at the UC Lawn. The fair will feature many different attractions to de-stress and reduce students’ anxiety. One activity focuses on cultivating mindfulness in students. Mindfulness, also known as mindfulness meditation, is a practice originally borrowed from Buddhism focusing on breath and emphasize being in the moment instead of thinking in the past or future. The practice has recently exploded in popularity to reduce anxiety, stress, and depressive symptoms. Schools and corporations have implemented mindfulness practice for their students and employees. Pacific’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has instituted a therapeutic program using mindfulness techniques, called RIO.
On September 27th, Dr. Robin Zasio, who specializes in reducing stress and anxiety, will give a talk on reducing anxiety at the UC Ballroom. Dr. Zasio has appeared on television programs, such as “Hoarders” and “My Extreme Animal Phobia”. On September 29th, the De-Stress Fair will move to the Health Sciences Lawn.