Announcements and Updates
Welcome to Bard College Counseling Services.
Counseling Service has a number of mental health programs and groups scheduled for Spring 2017; see the sidebar for details. Please check our website as we update frequently.
FOR AFTER HOURS OR WEEKEND EMERGENCIES: please call security at 845-758-7460 or 845-758-7777 and ask for the counselor on duty. If your situation is not an emergency but you want to talk it through with a trained peer anonymously, please call security and ask for the BRAVE Counselor.
You can also call ULIFELINE, the National Mental Health Hotline and speak with a trained local hotline counselor ANYTIME:
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
BREATH. EXHALE. REPEAT: THE BENEFITS OF CONTROLLED BREATHING
By Lesley Alderman
The New York Times, November 9, 2016
Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times.
Congratulations. You’ve just calmed your nervous system.
Controlled breathing, like what you just practiced, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For centuries yogis have used breath control, or pranayama, to promote concentration and improve vitality. Buddha advocated breath-meditation as a way to reach enlightenment.
Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real. Studies have found,...Click Here to read the complete article.
HOW MEDITATION CHANGES THE BRAIN AND BODY
By Gretchen Reynolds
Editors’ note: Be mindful that this article is from early 2016, but know that your mindfulness helps your mind and body.
The New York Times, February 18, 2016
The benefits of mindfulness meditation, increasingly popular in recent years, are supposed to be many: reduced stress and risk for various diseases, improved well-being, a rewired brain. But the experimental bases to support these claims have been few. Supporters of the practice have relied on very small samples of unrepresentative subjects, like isolated Buddhist monks who spend hours meditating every day, or on studies that generally were not randomized and did not include placebo control groups.
This month, however, a study published in Biological Psychiatrybrings scientific thoroughness to mindfulness meditation and for the first time shows that, unlike a placebo, it can change the brains of ordinary people and potentially improve their health. To read the complete article click here.