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

The Citizen

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The Citizen

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Another hour of wellness on a Wednesday: changing one’s mindset

(Image by Luke Wrin Piper/The Citizen)

The Laney College Health Center hosted another workshop in their “Wellness Wednesday” series, that are held on Wednesdays at 12-1pm. These workshops are hosted by Indra Thadani, who is a Health Services Coordinator and College Nurse for Laney College. April 14’s workshop touched on improving your mindset for success, learning from mistakes, being flexible and getting inspired and surrounding yourself with positive people. 

The first topic was learning from your mistakes. We all have moments where something doesn’t go our way or as we had planned. When a moment like that happens, it’s good to pause and ask yourself what is the lesson here, and if that doesn’t work for you, another option could be talking it out with a person who is understanding and will listen. Sometimes writing it down on paper or in a journal could be helpful.

When something doesn’t go the way I plan, I like to be alone and cool off on my own. If I’m up to it, I will gladly try to work out what went wrong that day and organize what I learned for another day. It’s an upsetting feeling at first, but it’s good to keep in mind that things happen for a reason. We all have different ways of approaching our mistakes and this small tip might be useful for you if this is a problem you have.

The next topic was flexibility. Not only does this have to do with your body, but it is also a reflection of how flexible you are with your mind. Rather than seeing things in a black and white light, open yourself up more, try being more balanced with family, work, relationships, etc. Make a conscious effort to be open-minded and expand your flexibility towards new things or the people you surround yourself with.

When you have a closed mind, then things tend to not work out well. It isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating, enjoying the little things in life; opening up to good energy and finding the right motivation.

From there, we talked about setting and having goals for ourselves that might be unreachable. We all have goals but sometimes they fall through the cracks, so rewarding yourself and building up your self esteem can be essential in motivating yourself to go after goals that seem out of reach. We all have an internal light and we don’t want that light to be dimmed or tarnished.

The discussion that ended us off was about surrounding ourselves with positive people. Even this can sometimes be a challenge. Especially in times like these, being and staying positive is still a current and constant struggle. Reaching out to people with a positive aura may still be a struggle, surrounding yourself with light and happy people will definitely put a change on things. Putting boundaries up with negative people or distancing yourself from them altogether can protect your individuality and personal energy, as you never know who could be hoping to bring it down.

All in all, this workshop really brings so much positivity and relaxation. The workshops are really helpful, useful and especially needed in times like this. 

Wellness Wednesday is every Wednesday of this month at 12 (noon) to 1pm. Visit this link for future workshop dates. You can reach out to Indra Thadani about any questions or need more information at, [email protected].

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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