Life Balance

One of the important characteristics of a Jesuit education is the magis, from the Latin word for the ‘more’ or the ‘greater.’ As James Martin, S.J. says in The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life, “When you work, give your all…” The resources below give you more so you can live the Jesuit magis towards a fully thriving GU experience in wellness and in health.

Whether you're seeking resources for yourself or for a friend, remember that part of being in community, especially at a Jesuit institution, is the call for us to engage in conversations and dialogues around these topics. We hope you will use this Wellness Toolbox as a way to learn more about concerns Zags often face in order to reduce stigma and create open dialogue around those challenges.

To seek magis by learning more about Life Balance, see the resources below:

M – Meaning and Description

Learn more about Life Balance--what it is and how it can help you

A - Apps and Downloads

Apps and downloads that can help you improve your Life Balance

G - Great Resources

Articles, handouts, worksheets and other resources to help you with Life Balance

I - Interactive Media

Video, audio, and podcasts to help you understand and strengthen Life Balance

S - Supporting a Friend

Information and resources for how to help a friend who is struggling with Life Balance


M – Meaning and Description

"School-life balance is important for optimal academic functioning. Students often prioritize academics at the expense of personal factors, including relationships and exercise. This can lead to a decline in academic performance, as general health and well-being are critical to optimal academic functioning." (Johns Hopkins University, 2013)  Maintaining balance--or making time for the things you value as a student--can be difficult.  Multiple resources below help you better understand how to identify those priorities and strategies for achieving the balance you desire.

From Johns Hopkins University

From Albert Einstein College of Medicine

From the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center

From Texas A&M University

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A – Apps and Downloads

This is just a sampling of apps available to support you in improving your time management and Life Balance.  On-campus and off-campus resources are also available to help support you with any concerns you may have in this area.

Breakfree - Helps you maintain a controlled digital lifestyle.  If you think you are spending an unhealthy amount of time on your smartphone and getting distracted, BreakFree will help you unplug and disconnect from your smartphone.

 Free on Android and iTunes

TimeTune - You can use TimeTune as your daily task reminder, daily activity manager, habit creation tool, student calendar, timetable manager, schedule organizer, routine optimizer, time manager or daily planner.

 Free on Android

Balanced - Struggling to make time for all the little things that matter?  This app helps you stay motivated and focused on what's really important in your life.

 Free on iTunes

Happier - Helps you stay more present and positive throughout the day.  Use it like your personal mindfulness coach--use it to life your mood, take a quick meditation pause, or capture and savor the small happy moments that you find in your day.

 Free on Android and iTunes 

RescueTime - An automatic time and attention tracker that helps you monitor how much time you spend in your mobile apps and phone calls, reporting back to you your efficiency score and top distractions on your mobile device.

 Free on Android; available for Mac and Windows

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G - Great Resources

Balancing for Life - Life balance means different things to different people, but there are some basics that all of us need to maintain balance.  Use the quick tips in this resource to master the fundamentals of balance.

Values Assessment Worksheet - Your purpose in life has a lot to do with what kind of impact you want to make in the world and the way you want to live. This is clarified and defined by your values. By taking a moment to define those values, you can begin to build life balance around what's truly important to you.

Are You a Perfectionist? - Do you feel that what you accomplish is never good enough? Do you feel that you must give 100 percent or more on everything you do or else you will be a failure? Do you feel you must be the best - student - athlete - friend?   If this sounds like you or a friend, learn more about the difference between searching for excellence and searching for perfect.

The Three Components of Self-Care - College can be stressful.  Good self-care is key to keeping your stress under control.  Learn the three components of self-care in order to find life balance and manage that stress.

Burnout - Feeling burned out?  Recognize the signs of burnout and get some tips on what to do when you're feeling it.

Procrastination and Time Management - Whether it's Netflix, naps, or lack of motivation, it's easy to master the art of procrastination.  Learn some tips for improving your time management and avoiding the pitfalls of procrastination.

Time Management - This tool breaks down time management for college students and helps you identify how you want to spend your time and then take steps to align your actions with your goals.

Time Budget Sheet - Use this resource in collaboration with the Time Management tool above to make the most of the time you've got each week.

Creating Balance in Your First Semester - During your first semester, you will be pulled in many different directions, and you will probably feel like there simply isn't enough time to do everything you need to do and want to do.  Creating balance early is the key to making the most of your college experience.

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I – Interactive Media (videos, audio, podcasts)

The Science of Happiness - This six-part BBC series looks at the newest research from around the world to find out what could it be that makes us happy.

Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator - In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes - When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment.

Work-Life Balance or Work-Life Integration? - Defining your who, your what, and your how can help you find your purpose.  Consider finding a balance between your defined sense of self and a career that matches that purpose.

How to Find and Do Work You Love - Can you find greater balance if you're doing work you love.  Passionate Work Framework - three surprisingly simple practices for finding and doing work you love, that all happen to be completely within our control.

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture - In his moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

The Habits of Happiness - What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.

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S – Supporting a Friend

Tips on How to Help a Friend - When we’re having a hard time, the first place most of us turn is to family and friends.  If you have friends who have come to you for help, we've got tips to help you with those conversations.

What Do I Say? - Having difficult conversations with friends is never easy.  This is a quick resource to help you find the right words.

Zags Help Zags: Stress - Warning signs and tips for talking with another Zag when they are struggling with stress.

Refer Form - This is one way you can share that you are concerned about a student. Someone from the Center for Cura Personalis, or their designee, will reach out to provide the student with support and resources.

Campus Resources List - There are so many resources available on campus to support Gonzaga students.  The campus resources we have available can support you at each phase in their journey.  This page includes list of commonly used resources, including contact information and a little information about what each office does.

Campus Resources Matrix - If you still aren't sure which office might be the best place to go, take a look at our which identifies offices that can help with specific questions or concerns.

What is CCP? - This video shares more about the Center for Cura Personalis, which serves students in many ways including through proactive outreach and educational programs about healthy choices and interventions for students who may be struggling. 

What is Health & Counseling? - Health & Counseling Services functions as your private physician's office and counseling center. Learn more about the services available through this office.

What To Expect - This video gives an overview of what to expect when scheduling and coming in for your first visit at the Center for Cura Personalis or Health & Counseling Services.

Community Resources - In addition to the great resources available on campus, there are a number of resources available in the Spokane community to assist you with your personal well-being while you are at Gonzaga.

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