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Smith Library: Mindfulness and Self Care

Resources for the WCUI and Smith Chason Los Angeles, Ontario and Phoenix campuses.

Pomodoro Study Technique


The Pomodoro Technique is a time management tool named after the kitchen timer that was first used to implement it; Pomodoro means "tomato" in Italian.


1. Create a to-do list and pick one task.
2. Set a timer for 25 minutes.
3. For 25 minutes work exclusively on that task without interrupting, stopping to work on anything else, or taking a break.
4. When the 25 minutes is up, stop working and take a 5-minute break. You have now completed one Pomodoro session!
5. Set a timer for another 25 minutes and continue working on the task until finished. Pick another task when done.
6. After 4 Pomodoro sessions, take a 15-30-minute break.
7. Repeat as needed


- Manage distractions by planning your time effectively  
- Prevent burnout by taking breaks 
- Decrease stress by focusing on one thing at a time 
- Feel productive by accomplishing tasks

Student Services Contact Information

Welcome to WCUI Mindfulness Corner

WCUI's Culture of Care is our commitment to create a supportive environment in which every student can achieve their educational and career goals. To follow WCUI's culture of care, the Smith Library created this page for mindfulness and self-care resources you can use throughout your stay at WCUI and beyond to help you achieve your goals and support your wellness. 

My.Life App

WCUI has partnered with My.Life, an emotional wellness platform on a mission to help you build the emotional strength to handle whatever comes your way.

 How It Works: 

  1. Download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play 
  2.Open up the app - My.Life will ask how you’re feeling in the moment. 
  3. Based on your responses, My.Life will provide you recommended
      meditations & exercises to help you reduce stress or  anxiety, breathe
      mindfully, and even sleep better. 

WCUI staff and students: Try the free version with no account and no payment needed. If you want to access My.Life at the premium level, we've got you covered (WCUI will cover the cost)! Please send an email to to receive a code to gain premium access to all the My.Life features for one year! 


Mindfulness Resources

COVID-19 has brought another level of stress to being a student. If you've reached your tipping point and need to slow your roll, here are some resources:

Keep a gratitude journal.
- Make a list of things that you are thankful for
Treat yourself with kindness
- Be non-judging.
- Pay attention, especially to your senses
- Say no sometimes to take care of yourself
- Get outside: forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku), or gardening
- Be aware of your thoughts and feelings in tough situations: prepare ahead
- Listen to those around you – really listen
      - From 'Mindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure (ALA Member Exclusive)' by Richard Moniz and Martin House 
- Coloring (13 free printable mindfulness coloring sheets)
- Appreciate yourself: make a list of 10 things that you like about yourself.
      - From Self Compassion by Kristin Neff

Tai Chi (free, beginner lesson video)
Yoga (free, 6-week online course)
- Jigsaw Puzzles (quick puzzles)
          - From USC Libraries

Guided Meditations