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‘Stress Less Fair’ Shares Tips for Students During Mental Health Week

Students passing by Bruin Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today had the opportunity to grab free swag as part of the Undergraduate Students Association Council’s Student Wellness Commission (SWC), Academic Affairs Commission, Active Minds, GenRep2 and RAK’s “Mental Health Week” which kicked off with the first event of the week in the “Stress Less Fair.”

Not only were the student organizations giving out free blue books, scantrons, tea samples, trail mixes, exercise tips, sleep masks, flu shots and even hugs (those in dire need of a hug were encouraged to request a specific type of hug such as the “cinnamon roll,” “oreo” or “superman”), representatives from the Student Health Investigative Task Force (SHITF) were present to give out information garnered through peer review journals regarding student health.

“It’s all about finding healthier alternatives to energy drinks and adderalls while promoting better sleep,” said second-year global studies student and SHITF director Savannah Badalich. “Adderall especially is a huge problem on campus.”

Here are healthier alternatives to adderall (courtesy of SWC and SHITF) to those who are looking for an intervention:

  • Foods containing vitamin B (brown rice, yeast, green vegetables, citrus fruits, etc.)
  • Fatty omega oils (watch out for that fish burp)
  • Exercise, acupuncture and yoga (you’re still sweating)

Here are tips to help you sleep longer and better (again courtesy of SWC and SHITF):

  • Stick to a sleep schedule. Even on weekends.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages.
  • Stay away from nicotine and alcohol before bed.
  • Leave distractions like laptops and cellphones out of reach. Plus, you won’t snooze if you have to get up to turn off the alarm.
  • Help your internal biological clock by getting proper sun exposure during the day. If you’re a night owl (such as myself) and prefer the warm light radiating from your MacBook over the sunshine peeking through your blinds, you’re probably delusional and not getting enough sleep.
Do you know of any other healthy alternatives? Tweet at us @dbmojo.
We leave you with a picture of a “cinnamon roll” hug. D’awwwwww.

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Fall Finals Week: Campus Resources 101

Hear ye, hear ye! We know you Bruins are gearing up for finals week and freaking out about it – we see it on Facebook and Twitter (#nosocialife #nofuture #nosoul), so we’ve compiled some information about resources on campus that could help make it a less stressful week (If you don’t like free coffee or free food, we advise you to halt and exit this browser window, Ebenezer Scrooge!) Here’s a list of our favorite hot spots:

Student Activity Center (SAC)

  • Food closet: You can either contribute and help out financially struggling students or take some goodies for yourself. There is also a communal fridge where you can store your fresh lunch (just label with name, date and department).
  • Computer lab: F-R-E-E printing!!!
  • Economic Crisis Response Team’s meal vouchers: Sign up for a meal voucher and you can eat one free meal a day on the hill. Make sure to check the schedule for pickup at UCLA CPO office.
  • Fitness Improvement Training Through Exercise and Diet (FITTED): Blow off some steam and workout! You can checkout shoes and other equipment for free as well as attend workshops.

Ackerman Student Union

  • Twenty-four-hour access to study spaces: Yep, it’s true. You even have access to the Coinz Gameroom for late night study breaks. All-nighters have never been this easy.
  • Electronics charging station: Charge (or store) your laptop or iPhone in one of these 14 compact lockers located on the first floor of Ackerman Student Union food court.
  • Late night transportation: UCLA Community Service Officers will provide free rides to dorms, apartments and parking lots every hour on the hour from 3:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. (meet at Ackerman A-level at the information window).
Kerckhoff Coffeehouse
  • Coffee: F-R-E-E freshly brewed coffee will be served from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • More free coffee: Still need your caffeine fix? After 11:00 p.m., hot coffee will be served next door at the Kerckhoff Art Gallery.
Powell Library
  • Study rooms: Reserve a study room at MyCLICC Center if you want that extra privacy.
  • Equipment checkout: Reserve a Macbook for four hours or a projector for two hours (but we advise against hosting a screening of Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones… now is not the time to catch up on addicting TV shows).
Counseling And Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Twenty-four-hour access to a counselor: Overwhelmed and feeling helpless? Feel free to talk to a crisis counselor at (310) 825-0768.

 580 Cafe (580 Hilgard Ave.)

  • Free hot meals: Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Free frozen meals and snacks: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Starbucks (Westwood Village on Broxton and Weyburn)

  • New store hours: Starbucks will be open 24 hours during finals week (Dec. 10 – Dec. 13). This means unlimited access to the Peppermint Mocha. This information could potentially be very dangerous…
Food Trucks for Finals
  • Located behind Powell Library (between Moore and the Physics Astronomy Building)
  • Open 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 10: Calbi Fusion Tacos
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11: Los Lobos (Wings, burgers, Mac n’ cheese, salads, etc).

Are there any other campus resources you recommend during finals week? Tweet us @dbmojo or comment below. Happy studying, and good luck!

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