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The Flourish, March 2023

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How to Flourish This Spring

As signs of spring begin to surface, you may feel like you have yet to catch your breath or are feeling a bit burnt out. Consider using this time to reconnect with your community, take care of yourself and others, acknowledge feelings of FOMO, and work through the anticipation of stress that finals bring– you may find yourself growing through the process. 

This month we direct our energy to flourishing as individuals and as a community. Discover how to take care of yourself during finals, what to do if you’re concerned about a friend's relationship to substance use, how to manage insomnia, and more! Learn how to balance your well-being with all that is going on around you. Find ways to manage the fear of missing out on all that is happening in your neighborhood. Let’s find ways to flourish together this spring.

In Focus


If you have ever found yourself endlessly scrolling through social media comparing your life to others, constantly checking your phone when you get a notification, or wondering what you were missing, chances are you may have caught the FOMO bug. FOMO, shorthand for the “Fear of Missing Out,” can make you feel like you aren’t as connected to the latest happenings as you would like to be or “should be.” Discover what to do when these feelings of FOMO come up and how to redefine the acronym for yourself.

How is Life Tree(ting) You?

Flourishing While BIPOC

If you identify as a member of the BIPOC community, you may find that your feelings are more intensified as you navigate various spaces. How does this affect your overall well-being? Let's take a deeper dive into the intersectionality of identity and wellness to discover ways to flourish through an ecosystem that influences and informs our well-being. Learn to hold what feels authentic for you, how to sit with the challenges, and how you can flourish as a BIPOC community member.

In the Spotlight

Looking Out for a Friend

Feeling concerned about your friend’s drinking patterns? Not sure what to do when your friend has had too much to drink? If you find yourself concerned about your friend’s behavior around substance use, it can be tough to know what to do or say. Despite how uncomfortable or awkward these conversations can be, it’s important to be honest and look out for one another. Learn how to start this conversation with a friend.

Tip of the Month

Taking Care of Yourself During Finals

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the anticipation of finals? Finding it difficult to focus as a result of your stress? If so, your body could probably use some extra TLC - tender loving care. During finals, it’s especially important to take care of yourself so that you can build your capacity to handle stress, stay healthy, and perform your best. Discover quick tips from students to incorporate self-care into your daily routine, as well as Stanford resources to help you stay on top of your game.

Sleep Corner

Finding It Difficult to Catch Some ZZZs?

If you have ever found yourself lying awake in bed, tossing and turning, you know how extremely frustrating this situation can be. After a long day of school/work, the last thing you want to do is spend more energy trying to fall asleep. The good news is, with the right approach, you can be on your way to catching some ZZZs. Discover strategies to help you destress before bed and tips to help in the moment when you find it difficult to sleep.

What’s Flourishing This Month?

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. PT. - Dive Studios Fireside Chat. Are you looking for a safe space to talk about mental health issues in your communities? Join Eric Nam and Brian Nam, co-founders of Dive Studios and Mindset, and Stanford’s Dr. Helen Hsu for a town hall about mental health in Asian American communities! In addition to hearing the panelists speak, attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and socialize/take photos with community members. Panel to take place on Friday, March 3 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at CEMEX Auditorium (655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305). Register today!
  • Saturday, March 4 - Sun. March 5 at 10 a.m. PT - Flip the Script. Are you interested in sexual assault prevention? The SHARE (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Education) Office is hosting a workshop to teach students tools for resisting sexual violence. This workshop is for all cis and trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers experiences of women. All class years (undergraduate and graduate students) can attend! This 12-hour evidence-based program will occur on the following weekends: March 4-5, April 22-23, and April 29-30 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  PT (with a 1-hour lunch break). Snacks and lunch will be provided. If you are interested in this program or future offerings of this program, please fill out the interest form here.
  • FINAL SESSION! Tuesday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. PT - Yoga as Healing. SHARE ED, YOGA X, and CST present Yoga as Healing, a free program for self-identified survivors of sexual and relationship violence/abuse/trauma who are ready to try gentle and restorative yoga as a healing modality. Session to take place on Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. PT. All necessary equipment will be provided. Space will be available for the first 10 interested students (of all genders and levels of experience with yoga) who email Carley Jaskulski at
  • Tuesday, March 7 at 3 p.m. PT - FLI Support Space.This space is dedicated for any student who aligns with the FLI (First generation in your family to go to college and/or low income student at Stanford) identity. Come connect with peers to openly communicate about your experience in the campus community. Explore how your unique background intersects with your mental well-being and develop a safe place to be your authentic self. This group will meet on March 7 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PT. Sign up today! The facilitator (Louisa Jacquez, LMFT) will contact you to share information on the upcoming meetings.
  • Thursday, March 9 at 11 a.m. PT - QTrees. A process/support group for LGBTQIA+ undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford. Connect with other LGBTQIA+ to process and support each other around your identity and how that may impact your experience. Final session will be Thursday, March 9 from 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. PT in person. Sign up on the "INTEREST LIST- Qtrees" in Vaden Portal rosters, in the "Groups and Workshops" section. One of the facilitators (Christine Catipon, PsyD or Sam Del Castillo, PhD) will reach out to you to schedule a pre-group meeting.
  • Submit haiku by Fri., March 10! Winter Haiku: A Photo & Poetry Contest. Take a photo of winter on campus and submit a haiku that corresponds to your photo. 2 Winners will receive a pair of tickets to Hanami at Hakone Gardens, an evening event to view cherry blossoms in bloom and a $25 Lyft gift card to get to the event. Contest is open to currently enrolled graduate students. Submit your photo.
  • Monday, March 13 at 5 p.m. PT - Sofa Sessions. A monthly meeting for Black-identified students to gather in the spirit of healing and connection to process their concerns regarding the impact of race-based trauma, empowerment, community, and restoration. Sessions are to take place on the second Monday of every month this quarter from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. PT in Room 170 EVGR-B (Remaining sessions are: 3/13, 4/10, 5/8). Dinner will be provided and an RSVP is necessary for students. RSVP by Friday, March 10!
  • Tuesday, March 14 at 3:30 p.m. PT - Kundalini Yoga Series. Join Rocky Blumhagen (Returning fellow, Stanford DCI 2019) as he leads a practice to help you relax, connect, nourish, and uplift your spirit through movement and breathwork. Bathe in the nurturing sounds of chants, gong, harmonium, music, and singing bowls. All levels are welcome from beginner to experienced. Final session to take place on Tuesday, March 14 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PT at CIRCLE Sanctuary (Old Union, 3rd floor). Please bring your own yoga mat. No pre-registration is required.
  • Wednesday, March 15 at 3:30 p.m. PT - Rooted! Black Graduate Students Process Space. Rooted! is a support group for Black-identified Stanford graduate students that is designed to be a confidential space for students to speak their minds, build community, rest, connect with themselves, and learn coping skills for managing graduate life at Stanford. The final session will be on Wednesday, March 15 from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. PT via Zoom. To join, please contact CAPS at 650.723.3785 during business hours (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays) and ask for a pre-group meeting, or message your therapist/contact person at CAPS.
  • Thursday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m. PT - Students of Color Support Space. This 5-session, student-lead virtual support group will be having its final session on Thursday, March 16 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. PT. Students will build tools to cope with academic and professional stressors, anxiety, issues rooted in systemic oppression, decrease impostor phenomenon, and process other student lead topics. This group is open to registered BioSci PhD/MS, MSPA, and MD students of all genders who identify as people of color. Students can sign up on the “INTEREST_LIST_BIPOC Support Space_SOM_WINTER Q” in Vaden Portal rosters, in the "Groups and Workshops" section. A facilitator (Mariko Sweetnam, LCSW or Isela Garcia White, LCSW) will reach out to you.
  • Thursday, March 16 at 3 p.m. PT - Mixtape: Creativity and Mental Health Workshop for Black Students. This workshop series for Black creatives and creativity enthusiasts will help participants use their creative outlets as tools to manage life stressors. The last workshop will be in-person on Thursday, March 16 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PT. Sign up on the INTEREST LIST- for the workshop you are interested in (sign up for one or all of them) on this link. The facilitator (Bianca Aaron, LMFT) will reach out to you to give details on the meeting place.
  • Tuesday, March 21 at 2 p.m. PT - Seeking Safety. CST and CAPS presents Seeking Safety, an ongoing group designed to support individuals who struggle with behaviors that interfere with their ability to function and cope as a student. It is also helpful for difficulty with emotion regulation, impulsivity, and unhealthy coping. Final session will be in-person on Tuesday, March 21 from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. PT. Connect with CAPS (Call 650.723.3785) or CST (Call 650.736.6933) and attend a pre-group meeting to find out more. You may also sign up on the INTEREST LIST at the Vaden Portal. Go to Groups and Workshops and find “INTEREST LIST: Seeking Safety” and add your name, a facilitator (Jennifer Maldonado, LCSW or Mari Evers, LCSW) will reach out to you.
  • Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. PT - NARCAN Training. FREE NARCAN training facilitated by PEERS and in collaboration with the Well House are available on various Mondays and Tuesdays from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. PT in the Well House (562 Mayfield Ave., Stanford) through May (Remaining dates are: 3/21, 3/27, 4/4, 4/10, 4/18, 4/24, 5/2, 5/8 and 5/16). Free NARCAN will be provided for attendees following the training. Please note that the Well House is a substance-free residence. RSVP today!
  • Monday, Wednesday - Friday, Sundays - Cardinal Weekly Recovery Meetings. Cardinal Recovery offers weekly recovery meetings to support you on your recovery journey: Mondays from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. PT, Queer All Recovery meetings, open to LGBTQIA+ members of the community in or interested in a recovery program. Wednesdays from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. PT, SMART Recovery meetings, mutual support meetings where participants design and implement a personalized recovery plan to create a more balanced, purposeful, fulfilling, and meaningful life. Thursdays from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. PT, All Recovery meetings, inclusive meetings open to all ages, genders, sexualities, races/ethnicity, spiritualities, and experiences, all are welcomed at ANY stage or state of your recovery journey. Fridays from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PT, All Recovery meetings, inclusive meetings open to all ages, genders, sexualities, races/ethnicity, spiritualities, and experiences, all are welcomed at ANY stage or state of your recovery journey. Sundays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. PT, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, a more formal, structured meeting for individuals seeking a 12-step approach to recovery. All meetings are available in a hybrid format (both in-person and virtual). For remote access, please email Corey LambLearn more.
  • Registration is now open! - LEAD 101: Leading at Stanford and Beyond: Skills for Changemaking and Community Building. Join us to deepen and broaden your leadership capacities in a fun, interactive, project-based class. Build your leadership toolkit through hands-on practice and apply your learning in the specific communities to which you belong. Work with your classmates and in your communities to create positive social change on the Stanford campus. This 2-unit course will take place during the spring quarter on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. PT. Enroll today!
  • Registration is now open! - Peer Education and the Campus Culture Course. Do you want to learn more about substance use, sexual citizenship (sexual violence prevention), and well-being & how all these topics overlap in college? Do you want to influence the Stanford culture using public health approaches? Enroll in the Peer Education and the Campus Culture (PEDS 116-01, SEM 33801) course. This course focuses on PEER health education and the fundamentals of public health practice. Enroll today for the spring quarter! Learn more about the PEERs program.
  • Monday - Thursday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. PT - Yoga and Guided Meditation. Check out these weekly opportunities to engage with others in the community for meditation and yoga. Open to Stanford affiliates. Sessions are free and no pre-registration is required. Bring your own yoga mat for yoga sessions. Sessions to take place at CIRCLE Sanctuary, Old Union, 3rd floor. Final session is on Thursday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. PT.

For additional upcoming events, check out the Office of Student Engagement

The Flourish

This online publication is your monthly guide to flourishing on the Farm. The Flourish provides you with tips, articles, and resources on key monthly health and wellness topics to support your mental health and well-being.