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Self-Care and Wellness

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Professor Janet Thompson Jackson is holding live meditations every Monday during the fall semester over the lunch hour via Zoom. Email her at for the link.

Managing Stress During Exam Period

End-of-semester stress? Feeling stressful or even a little overwhelmed is completely normal and a lot of people are feeling like that. Professor Jackson discusses four tools to get you organized, prioritized, refreshed, and sleeping soundly. Length: 14:38.

Short Meditation Guidance

Professor Janet Jackson guides students through a short meditation that focuses on breathing.
Click to listen (right click to download). Length: 3:43.

First Week of Law School Wellness Tips and Meditation

Wellness Tips for the start of the semester by Professor Janet Jackson: 1) Decide to THRIVE! Have you had a "just get through the semester" attitude? Aim higher and decide to thrive this semester, even in the midst of Covid-19; 2) Do you have a list of worries? Use this method to manage your list and gain perspective; 3) Breathe – consciously and deeply. Let your breath be your anchor; 4) Meditate. Length: 11:48.

Wellness Break for Students or Anyone

Professor Janet Thompson Jackson shares three tips to get students (or anyone) through a stressful time: be where you are before you try to move on; get enough sleep; and be compassionate with yourself. Length: 6:01.

Self-Care for Law Students During Uncertain Times

Law school and the first decade of law practice can be stressful enough. Now with the stress and uncertainty of COVID-19, anxiety levels are through the roof. In this video Washburn University School of Law professor Janet Thompson Jackson describes the landscape of mental health issues and alcohol and substance abuse that plague law students and new lawyers at rates significantly higher than the general public. Professor Jackson suggests a number of healthier ways to manage stress and maintain wellness at all times, and particularly during a pandemic. Length: 48:01.

Sleep: Are You Getting Enough

It's easy to cut a little sleep out of our busy daily lives, but doing so ultimately compromises our energy, mood, and health. Brent Trammell, Employee Wellness Program Coordinator at Washburn University, suggests a few adjustments to your routine that can have you sleeping better, becoming more productive, and increasingly enjoying your life. Length: 11:26.

Ways To Make Your Life Awesome

Start a pandemic of positivity:

  • Spread Connection: Just let people know you’re thinking of them and they are meaningful to you.
  • Spread Help: Offer help where you can and ask for it if you need it.
  • Spread Gratitude: Say thanks. And really feel it.
  • Spread Optimism: If the cost of being wrong is low, let yourself believe things will turn out right.

Read the full article.

5 Secrets To Mental Toughness

How to be resilient:

  • Positive self-talk: When you talk to you make sure you are nice to you.
  • Physical fitness: Stress your body a little bit every day and it will handle the big stresses to come that much better.
  • Make it a game: Obstacles in life make us wanna quit. Meanwhile games drive us to keep playing until we win. So make life a game.
  • Humor: If a laugh a day got Joe Asher through Ranger School, it’ll get you through quarantine.
  • Embracing Meaning: Via community and helping others.

Read the full article.

7 Self-Compassion Practices That'll Help You *Actually* Give Yourself a Break

  • Give yourself a gentle ‘pass’ when it comes to overall productivity.
  • Flip your mind-set to 'the cold side of the pillow.'
  • Honor your emotions.
  • When you’re feeling helpless, help someone else.
  • Find moments for self care when you can.
  • Put your critical voice on mute.
  • Begin the mindfulness habit of collecting 'golden nuggets.'

Read the full article.

How to Adjust to Studying at Home If You Always Worked in the Library

  • Keep a normal routine.
  • Try to reduce noise.
  • Keep visual distractions to a minimum.
  • Use an app to further block distractions.
  • Set boundaries with people you share a space with.
  • Be nice to yourself.

Read the full article.

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Emergency Student Loans (including Bar Exam)
Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is located in Kuehne Hall Room 101. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Bring your iCard. You can get assistance not only for you, but for your family members as well.

Appointments for access to the pantry outside normal hours can be made by contacting the LinC Office (Benton Hall 208) or (785) 670-1950.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services is currently open by appointment from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in Morgan Hall Room 140.

Call (785) 670-1470 to schedule an appointment OR (785) 670-1471 for medication refill requests.

Telehealth appointments are also available; call (785) 670-1470 to schedule an appointment.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services is now conducting appointments by video chat only, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday: call (785) 670-3100 and choose Option 1.

Phone counseling services are available 24/7 (with translation services available in over 200 languages): call (785) 670-3100 and choose Option 2.

Please do not hesitate to call – it can be extremely helpful to just "talk things through."

Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program

KALAP is another good source for law students dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, grief, addictions, and more. You can get assistance by phone at (785) 368-8275.

Grief Counseling

Washburn University Counseling Services offers free counseling (see above), of course, but if you are looking for something more, Midland Hospice hosts free grief support groups.

Some things to know:

  1. You'll express interest and be screened before being admitted to a group. This is just to make sure that you’re placed in a group whose experiences are most likely to be similar and whose support will be beneficial. Losing a spouse at a young age vs. losing a parent, for example, often result in very different needs.
  2. Some grief therapy groups offer an opportunity to donate at will. If you are asked to donate, please know that there is no obligation or expectation to donate.
  3. There are private providers in town who specialize in grief work, too. University Counseling Services is happy to provide referrals if desired.
Other Assistance

If you have any other self-care or wellness-related concerns please reach out to Dean Lowry at