Self care: The way physical health affects mental health

Self care has many different shapes and sizes for all of us. Each and every person has different coping mechanisms when having mental health issues, including spa-like relaxation activities.  “I might say shower and meditate. I literally sit and meditate while the water falls on me. I find that very relaxing.” Brandon Siciarz a philosophy major at PCC said. “I do not see a therapist. I do believe that meditation provides values that could also be found in therapy. However true therapy probably has additional …

Did you know about PCC’s after-hours mental health hotline?

Pasadena City College has a broad array of mental health services available to its students on campus, and a hotline that is now available after the operational hours of the personal counseling office.  Those needing help before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. on a weekday and assistance on the weekends are directed to call the PCC after hours mental health crisis hotline to be connected to a mental health professional.   Students are encouraged to contact the hotline, or reach out to a personal counselor …

PCC’s Personal Counseling embraces next phase of student support

This story has been updated to accurately reflect statements made by Jason Vasquez.  Zoom fatigue—it’s the idea that the sudden shift to virtual conferences has a more taxing toll on one’s mental health than in-person meetings. Home offices and bedrooms have been converted to makeshift workspaces, blurring the boundaries between work and personal life. As California moves into its ninth week in quarantine, the shock of the transitional period is weaning off for some. However, PCC’s Personal Counseling department is prepared for the emotional effects …

5 easy steps to mellow your room

Since being stuck at home, a lot of people have shared the sudden urge to completely rearrange the layout of their rooms. If you can relate to that feeling well look no further, here are 5 easy steps to help find your zen. 1. Deep Cleaning The most important step when it comes to maintaining a nice room is to always clean. Cleaning is a hassle, but the end result is the best feeling. Deep cleaning allows you to have a more clean and healthy …

Campus efforts bring student health to the forefront of discussion

Last week, various campus organizations hosted events that promoted awareness in the name of student health and safety. Student Health Services brought Health and Wellness Week to the quad with booths and vendors ready to educate students. It drew representation from various programs on campus including personal counseling that offered meditation, as well as athletic trainers and nursing students with physical health tips. Beyond conventional notions of health, the fair also featured booths for the Lancer Pantry and Veterans Resource Center. “It’s a way to …