Your Wellness Matters
We recognize that college can be a time of great exploration and self-discovery, but it can also come with its share of stresses and uncertainties. That’s why we’ve compiled some practical ways for students to receive care. Whether it’s helpful support during tough exam weeks or deeper, more long-term assistance, we strive to create an environment where all students feel seen, valued, and supported.
How Can We Pray for You?
Niner United works directly with multiple Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors from Sanctuary Counseling Group. To connect with one of their licensed therapists who can meet you at our Niner United campus ministry center, contact Katherine Sherrill at 704-375-5354 ext. 418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Try one or more of the following practices to reduce stress and anxiety:
- Silence: If you don’t already do so, carve out some intentional time in quiet to be alone with God and your own soul. Start with five minutes of pure silence. If that works, move to ten minutes. If the five minutes is too hard, try listening to some soothing relaxing music for five minutes in a place alone. It helps to find a personal sanctuary of sorts. For example, a small space dedicated just to your soul. Light a candle, read some scripture, and routinely be in silence with God.
- Simplicity: Do less, with less. Take away things from your schedule that are pointless. Spend less money by buying less things. Stuff piles up and clutter fills more than just space. It actually occupies your mind and causes stress.
- Slowness: Being in a hurry is a recipe for stress. Deliberately chose to slow down. Take a stroll, look around, be observant, mindfully eat, notice your breathing.
- Reading: Read ten pages a day and you’ll read 3,650 pages a year. Some of this reading can be the Bible. There are lots of Bible reading plans, but maybe the easiest is using a daily lectionary like this one: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/daily/ The important thing is to not feel guilty when you miss a day or two, or ten, and just start back when you can without trying to catch-up.
- Fasting: Intermittent fasting is popular. God’s people have used fasting as a discipline throughout history. Typically, fasting is denying yourself food in order to focus your attention on prayer and other spiritual pursuits. The 18th-century pastor John Wesley regularly fasted two days a week and encouraged others to do so, too. Food is not the only thing you can fast. Sometimes it’s healthy to fast from social media, streaming services, or other things that may distract you from pursuing the Lord.
- Gratitude: Being thankful is at the heart of the Christian faith. Research actually shows that we can’t multi-task, so if you practice gratitude, it’s impossible to be negative in that moment. The more grateful we are, the less pessimistic we will be. Gratitude also helps us focus on the things that bring us joy as oppose to the things that stress us out.
- Journaling: Buy a journal or make your own, and each day spend time on remembering and reflecting on what you did and what you felt.
- UNC Charlotte CAPS: 704-687-0311 (24 hrs)
- Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS)
- Center for Wellness Promotion
- Jamil Niner Student Pantry