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Practicing Gratitude

Even though the world is overwhelming and heavy, there are still silver linings to be found. Finding gratitude in the small, everyday moments can help to create a stronger sense of belonging, comfort and happiness. We encourage everyone to take time to reflect, and to recognize the people, moments, places and things that we are thankful for.

With the Holidays right around the corner, and many people who are unable to be with their families and chosen families this year, there may be a lot of nostalgia. We can all find safe ways to remain in the present moment while safely spending time with our friends and loved ones this year. Whether it be a phone call, zoom gathering or a socially distanced and mask-wearing in-person visit, this is a great time to express gratitude for the people in your life.

Student Wellness Advising is a friendly and accessible hub of support for all students on the Health Science Campus. All services are confidential, private and free. 

Snaggs is available to talk with you by Zoom or telephone. Any student who would like to schedule an appointment is encouraged to do so. Send an email to

Student Wellness Advisory Committee:
Jessica Stanley, D23,
Samantha Capizzo, D22,
Caroline Nelson, D24,
Catherine Choi, GSBS,
Caitlin Sutherland, MBS,
Christina Damon, M23,
Christine Ganser, M23,
Jacqueline Mosher, M24,
Anne Scott Livingston, Friedman,
Hannah Paoletti, Friedman,

Tufts recognizes the importance of easy access to confidential mental health counseling. For non-emergent issues, our counselors from our TalkOne2One program are available on campus, five days/week as well as by phone for students who are engaged in clerkships and not available to meet in person. Counselors are also available by phone 24 hours/day, 7 days/week for urgent issues. Please call 1-800-756-3124 to schedule an appointment.

Wellness Activity: 

Virtual Drop-In Meditation — Two Offerings:

Interested in developing a stronger meditation practice? These drop-in group sessions will help you come into the present moment, lower anxiety, reduce isolation, and improve focus/concentration!

  • Every Thursday at 12:30pm, Dr. Christina Pastan, Director, Mind-Body Wellness, School of Dental Medicine offers a 20-minute session which begins with a short talk about an aspect of meditation followed by a guided experience.  If you would like to be added to the listserv to receive additional information for this session, send an email to
  • TUSM Mindfulness Group (MMG) is offering weekly drop-in meditation.  If you would like to be added to the MMG listserv to receive the weekly notification, send an email to


Virtual Yoga — Two Offerings for you:

Yoga, derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” meaning yoke or union, is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body (Trusted Source).  It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress.  Practicing yoga is said to come with many benefits for both mental and physical health, though not all these benefits have been backed by science.  To learn about the evidence-based benefits of yoga check out this Benefits of Yoga article. In addition, join us during the following times to get started on your journey.

  • Mondays, taught by Olivia Fauver, TUSM ’23, 50 minutes of yoga flow for any level
  • Tuesdays, Dr. Christina Pastan, Director, Mind-Body Wellness, School of Dental Medicine offers a restorative yoga class via Zoom. Participants video will not be seen, and no experience is necessary.  If you would like to be added to the listserv to receive additional information for this session, send an email to


At-Home Workouts!

Other activities you can check out anytime and anywhere


Take a break at the Museum of Science!

The Museum of Science is open in-person and online. It is a fun way to take a step away from school and work responsibilities. The Museum’s mission is to play a leading role in transforming the nation’s relationship with science and technology.

In light of COVID-19 restrictions, the MOS is open with timed ticket reservations. You can buy tickets the same day, if you buy online ahead of time! You’ll then receive a confirmation email including your QR code to be scanned at the Exhibit Halls entrance for contactless admission. One ticket for an adult is 29 dollars, which gives you access to the Exhibit Halls, that are open from 9am to 5pm.

If you wanted to make a day out of it you can also catch a movie, for only an additional 6 dollars. A few movies they are currently showing are: The Polar Express in 4D, Destination Mars: A New Frontier, and Back from the Brink: Saved from Extinction.


Funday Friday or Thanksgiving break activity: Netflix Watch Party!

Grab a few friends and enjoy a movie night with your favorite snacks! Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party) is a new way to watch TV shows or movies with your friends online. Teleparty synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to Netflix, Disney, Hulu and HBO.

Here are some popular movies you might want to check out:
The Lovebirds (comedy)
See you Yesterday (Sci-Fi Adventure)
The Little Prince (For a moving, animated Film)
The Grinch (Classic Christmas movie)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Mind-Bending and Romantic)


Looking for a fun and festive way to de-stress?  Look no further! Calling all Builders and Creators: Gingerbread House contest!

We are organizing a gingerbread house making contest and we would love for you to be a part of it! It may even be a fun idea to work on your gingerbread house building skills during Thanksgiving week. Please submit photos of the completed gingerbread houses by 12/10/20.

What You’ll Need:
Graham Crackers
Royal Icing (eggs, confectioners’ sugar and cream of tartar)
Paper plate or cardboard
Bread knife of serrated knife
Disposable piping bag – can use Ziplock bags
Assorted candy (pretzels, dried fruit etc. for decorating)

Instructions – How to make-graham-cracker-gingerbread-houses

 Photos will be showcased in the upcoming newsletter.
Please send submissions to

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Calling all Performers: We are hosting the next virtual wellness concert on Friday, December 11th!  
Are you a musician, singer, poet, rapper or emcee?  We would love to hear from you! This will be a fun and exciting evening. Family and friends are invited.

Send an email to

In the Kitchen:

Korean Inspired Turkey Meal Prep Bowl

This recipe is great for lunch or dinner for the week. If you do not like turkey, you can choose your protein of choice, and if you are vegetarian, crumbled tofu, tempeh or lentils would be great alternatives. This recipe only takes 40 minutes and serves 4 meals. Check out the full recipe here!



Overnight Oats

This recipe is great for busy nights and busy mornings. You simply prepare this before bed, and in the morning, there will be a filling, healthy, and flavorful breakfast waiting for you. This recipe is made using peanut butter, but you can easily swap that out for almond butter, sunflower seed butter, tahini or cashew butter. Full recipe here!


No Bake Energy Bites (that taste like brownies!)

This is a great option to make to snack on throughout the week, as breakfast, dessert or just in between meals. It only takes 10 minutes to make with a food processor. We recommend making these before an exam, to keep you full and focused. Check out the full recipe!


Student Spotlight:
 If you would like to be spotlighted, please send an email to or


Have any questions, comments or insights? Reach out to our Social Work Intern, Danielle!

Danielle is currently attending Boston College for a master’s degree in social work and is our first Social Work Intern. She is excited to be a part of the Student Wellness Advising Team and has a lot of knowledge about nutrition, health and wellness and is passionate about destigmatizing mental health. Please do not hesitate to reach out to her at

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