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The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

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Peralta Trustee Paulina Gonzalez Brito addresses the crowd at Berkeley City College’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event featured a block party along with a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new Milvia Street building. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)
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College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year.
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Managing Anxiety event held at Merritt College

Merritt College held a workshop on March 5 about managing anxiety, which provided everybody who chose to attend with helpful tips and ways to go about dealing with anxiety or any possible difficulties associated with mental health. 

It was very pleasant for me because it gave me other ways I can relax and keep sane during this dreadful pandemic. I don’t personally struggle with anxiety, but for those who deal with anxiety on a daily basis, this may be a helpful rundown. 

The two presenters of this workshop were Stefani de Vito, a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and academic counselor at Merritt, and Andrea Henderson, an English professor at Merritt. The Learning Center at Merritt, which is directed by Isela Santana, was the host behind this workshop. Working and starting off the workshop was Ronnique Currie who is a student at Merritt.

The workshop officially began with a guided meditation session from the first presenter, Andrea Henderson, in which she shared links to free meditation sessions: UCLA Guided Meditations and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Meditation itself can be an activity for people feeling heavily stressed or needing to clear out any negative thoughts. Another suggestion is yoga. Yoga is the conscious union of the mind and the body, intended to bring awareness of what’s going on inside the body. Having a regular yoga practice might benefit you in many ways. It brings attention to the body, dealing with anxiety and stress, and can work as another form of meditation. 

Two yoga and group fitness sessions were suggested Black To Yoga and Outdoor Afro. Another suggestion was taking a five-minute dance break, as dancing can be a fun and joyous stress reliever. 

Henderson also spoke about changing up your diet in order to feel a lot healthier. Try out different vitamins, minerals and fruits. Developing a healthy and balanced diet might provide you with a more energetic and happy feeling.

The next speaker, Stefani de Vito, suggested trying to reflect on positive things while trying to fall asleep at night. Anything that you can do in a positive manner to relieve your stress load will help you in the time where your anxiety wants to strike. Chronic stress was also brought up at the workshop. Take in mind that dance break, focus on your breathing and practice mindfulness. 

Counseling services at Merritt can be found through their website here. Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney College also have mental health services available to students,  

You may schedule an appointment to reach out. 

When reaching out through Merritt, email Jennifer Golden, PsyD: [email protected] for appointments on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays. Or you can email Stefani de Vito, LCSW: [email protected] for appointments on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

It is a community of people out there who are willing to help you feel protected and make you feel as loved as possible.

Students can also access free academic tutoring at the Merritt Learning Center. Make an appointment here. Tutoring is online 24 hours a day. 

About the Contributor
Tayler Shaw
Tayler Shaw, Staff Writer
Tayler Shaw is 19 and was raised in Oakland, originally born in Pleasanton. Currently enrolled in Laney College, she wants to major and achieve in Journalism. Her interests have always been reading and writing, which she takes very seriously and finds joy in. She loves to write out stories and be very creative, journalism is very much new to her so she’s hopeful that she’ll make it in this field. Tayler is very outgoing and intelligent but can be very shy and quiet. It takes time for her to adjust to new things and new people. She loves pictures and is a super goofball when you get to know her. She is very proud of who she is and who she’s becoming as she tries to be a light for those she interacts with. Tayler loves everything and everyone, is grateful for her family and friends and tries to smile even on her worst days.
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