Life Balance Resources

Attending college can create additional stressors in your life. Your academic success is dependent on your ability to manage these stressors and the various aspects of your health. This page offers links to resources that provide guidance to help you maintain a balanced, and hopefully, successful life. Please use this tool for assistance as you strive to achieve your academic goal.

Academic Support

Utilize these suggested areas to support your academic life.

Adjusting to College:

www.goaskalice.com
Ask Alice specific questions concerning college.

www.dmacc.edu/counseling/
Discusses counseling services and provides names to set up appointments.
Provides local information - using DMACC web site and advising staff.

Learning Study Skills Tips:

www.academictips.org
Tips to help with study issues.

www.studygs.net
Study guides, strategies, and tips offered to students. (multiple languages)

www.dmacc.edu/academicachievement/Pages/aacreading.aspx
Offers collections of study skills materials and homework help suggestions.

Transferring to Another College:

www.collegetransfer.net
List a Inside College Transfer section that is helpful.

www.dmacc.edu/advising
Discusses advising services , transfer information and provides names to set up appointments

www.TransferInIowa.org
Explains information on transferring to state institutions in Iowa.

www.collegeboard.com/student/csearch
Provides a transfer timeline from a two - four year college.

Financial Health

For many students, college life means being on your own for the first time. It is important to not only be able to maintain good academic standing but also good financial health as well. This site will provide information to help you organize a budget, manage your credit cards, and find ways to locate financial assistance in paying your college expenses.

Learning about Finances: Budgeting & Credit Cards

www.ecampustours.com/campuslife/
College Budget 101 is discussed.

Financing College/Expenses.

www.dmacc.edu/fin_aid/
Discusses financial aid and its services.

www.finaid.org
Comprehensive free resource guide.

Mental Health

Maintaining your mental health allows an individual to realize his or her own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, and be able to work productively and fruitfully. Mental wellness allows each of us to make a positive contribution to our community and our individual lives!

Mental Wellness

www.dmacc.edu/counseling/
A wealth of mental health information for the Des Moines Area Community College student.

www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/index.shtml
National Institute of Mental Health website provides wealth of information on mental health topics, how to locate resources, informational booklets and materials.

Substance Abuse

https://www.dmacc.edu/counseling/Pages/substanceabuse.aspx
Substance Abuse websites and Local Agencies.

Spiritual Health

www.selfgrowth.com/spirituality.html
Spirituality involves a sense of connection to something greater than oneself with includes emotional, psychological, and personal experiences. Spirituality includes religion, astrology, meditation, and new age waves of thought, this website offers definitions, articles and websites related to these topics.

Social Health

As social beings, we interact with others every day! Our relationships are an important part of who we are and how we feel. They provide us with a support system during tough times and a place to express our joys when we feel like having fun. Social Wellness involves building healthy, nurturing and supportive intimate relationships as well as fostering a general connection with everyone around you. It's also about learning how to balance your social life with your personal life. It is necessary for a full and complete life!

College Student Relationships

www.cdc.gov/family/college/
Website for college student health and fitness.

Domestic Violence

www.helpguide.org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_help_treatment_prevention.htm
A site dedicated to empowering individuals to understand, prevent and resolve life's challenges in relationships.

Physical Health

Recognizing the importance of health in the learning, retention and well-being of students is a priority for the DMACC community. Your physical health is only one of many important pieces of a students overall well-being. For H1N1 flu information, click here.

Maintaining Health

www.cdc.gov/family/college
College Health and Safety website

www.goaskalice.com
Health question and answer Internet resource

www.sparkpeople.com
Health and wellness website which promotes healthy physical activity, nutrition, mental wellness.

Nutrition

www.nutrition.gov
Serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers.

www.healthfinder.gov
An encyclopedia of health topics from trusted sources.

Physical Activity

www.dmacc.edu/campusrecreation
A local resource right here on the DMACC Ankeny Campus that offers services for our students

Safe Sex

www.cdc.gov/women/
A site working to promote and protect the health, safety and quality of life for women at every stage of life.

http://www.cdc.gov/men/
A site working to promote and protect the health, safety and quality of life for men at every stage of life.

www.ashastd.org
A Social Health website dedicated to improving the health of individuals, families, and communities, with a focus on preventing sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs/STIs) and their harmful consequences.

Eating Disorders

www.helpguide.org/mental/eating_disorder_treatment.htm
A site dedicated to empowering individuals to understand, prevent and resolve life's challenges.

www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
A site dedicated to providing education, resources and support to those affected by eating disorders.

Dental

www.ada.org
A website that advocates oral health and addresses dental topics and provides resources.

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/dentalhealth.html
A website of trusted dental health information and resources.     

https://www.dmacc.edu/students/Pages/dental.aspx
A website addressing an on Campus resource available to students.

Medication/Substance Abuse

http://drugabuse.com/library/get-the-facts-on-substance-abuse/
Get the facts on substance abuse.

www.drugabuse.gov
National Institute on Drug Abuse that also addresses addiction.

www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov
A substance abuse treatment facility locator.

www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov
Your one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.

www.drugtreatmentcenterfinder.com/addictionary/

A source for drug and alcohol addiction, addiction recovery, addiction prevention, addiction intervention, mental health and co-occurring disorders.

Gambling

www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/gambling-addiction-and-problem-gambling.htm
A site dedicated to providing education, resources and support to those affected by addictions.

www.meccaservices.com/
Community-based Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health.

Grief

www.helpguide.org/mental/grief_loss.htm
A site dedicated to empowering individuals to understand, prevent and resolve life's challenges.

www.dmacc.edu/counseling/
Resources available to DMACC students and helpful referral information.

Sleep

www.sleep-deprivation.com/articles/causes-of-sleep-deprivation/students-and-sleep.php
Discusses the effects of sleep deprivation on college students.