Prioritizing Health and Well-being
While we enjoy the beautiful month of October, our thoughts often turn to the colder, snowier months ahead.
As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, it's important that we take care of ourselves both physically and mentally. Let's make a collective effort to prioritize self-care.
Cold and flu season is upon us. Remember to maintain preventative practices such as regular handwashing. Consider getting your flu shot and other vaccinations and boosters to protect yourself and those around you.
Please keep an eye out for announcements regarding vaccination clinics. They provide a convenient opportunity for you to receive important vaccinations and boosters.
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Let’s show our support by spreading awareness, understanding the importance of early detection, and encouraging regular breast screenings. Together, we can make a positive impact in the fight against breast cancer.
Eating well, exercising—even for a short time—each day, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of rest are all things you can do to keep yourself feeling energized throughout the season.
Your mental well-being is of utmost importance. As we experience less daylight, it's not uncommon to experience changes in mood. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health during this season, please remember that you are not alone.
Don't hesitate to reach out to your personal support networks. Minnesota State offers counseling through the MMB Employee Assistance Program, and assistance counseling services are available to all Minneapolis College students at the Student Resource Center and Boynton Health Clinic.
This winter let's prioritize our health and well-being. By staying informed, taking preventative measures, and supporting one another, we can navigate the challenges and continue to thrive as a resilient campus community.
Stay warm and take good care, as we look forward to what we love about living in Minnesota—the changing of the seasons.
President Sharon Pierce