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Wellness Services

Making sure that our students have the care that they need, especially when they are aware from home, is of the utmost importance to Ottawa University. The Health Services Center includes a campus nurse that is available for the physical care of our students.

You can do anything--but not everything.
             - David Allen

Stress is something that impacts everyone. Knowing how to address and deal with stress and stressors is important for your mental and physical health.


  • Bubble bath
  • Lavendar body lotions and wash
  • Painting
  • Positive music
  • Cooking and baking
  • Espom salt
  • Facials
  • Pedicures and/or manicures
  • Haircuts
  • Massages
  • Walks in the park / nature
  • Gardening
  • Unplugging from electronics
  • Enjoying a hobby
  • Imagining happy or peaceful scenes can reduce stress


  • High fiber, high omega 3 fatty acids
  • Oatmeal - helps by releasing serotonin, which increases relaxation, calmness and creativity.
  • Asparagus - stabilizes mood and helps reduce depression and anxiety.
  • Citrus Fruits and Berries - high vitamin C
  • Dark Chocolate - helps relieve stress by reducing the level of cortisol in the body.
  • Chamomile Tea - decreases stress with its sedative and muscle relaxing properties.
  • Avacadoes - omega 3 fatty acid, which reduces stress and boosts concentration and improves mood.
  • Salmon / Fatty Fish (tuna, halibut, herring, mackerel, lake trout) - omega 3 fatty acids, which interacts with mood related brain molecules.
  • Nuts (almonds, pistachios and walnuts) - B vitamins, health fatty acids and magnesium; all of which contribute to stress management.
  • Milk - warm milk is relaxing, calcium helps reduce depression.
  • Whole Grains - high fiber diet is linked to reduced stress.
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