Health Resources

The following resources are available to you:

Guided Imagery

What’s guided imagery?
It’s the easiest, most user-friendly form of meditation you can find. It’s simply listening to words and music that guide you on a positive journey, where you imagine yourself relaxing and doing well, with all your senses. Even half-listening works.

How often do I have to listen to it?
Even a few minutes a day has been found in scores of randomized, clinical trials to relieve stress, improve performance, lift the blues, improve sleep, and shift the biochemistry of the body to more positive states.

The more you listen to it, the more powerful it gets. After a few weeks, the positive messages will become automatic and you’ll need to listen less.

How is it different from meditation or self-hypnosis?
It’s really not. It’s a simple, user-friendly form of either.

Why is it called “The Lazy Man’s (or Woman’s) Meditation?
Because all you have to do is press “play.”

Do you have to believe in it for it to work?
Nope. It’s not a religion, just a resilience technique – a very effective one at that!

Why this portal at California Community Colleges?
We specifically chose the downloads on this page to help remedy the issues students tell us interfere with their academic success – stress, anxiety, depression, insufficient sleep, and trouble concentrating.

This allows you to load these powerful audio tools onto your phone, computer, or listening device, and have them with you 24/7. You’ll especially appreciate having them before taking exams or during especially demanding weeks when you’re feeling fragmented and stretched thin.

Ten minutes of listening to guided imagery can save you from hours of distracted, unproductive worry. And if you only have 5 minutes, that’s okay too. Take the five.

How can I maximize the positive impact of guided imagery?
You’ll get the most out of it by:

  • Listening frequently at first, even if you only have a few minutes each day;
  • listening during those dreamy times when you’re just waking up or just falling asleep; and
  • by putting your hands in the same position each time you listen – that way you develop a conditioning cue that will automatically relax you when you’re stressing.

How do I access the page?
Use this link – Cypress College Student Health Center presents Guided Imagery – or scan the QR code and follow the instructions.

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Sexual Violence Education

What is Sexual Violence?
It is the use of sexual actions and words that are unwanted by and/or harmful to another person. Some common terms that are used interchangeably with sexual violence are sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Please download and review the Cypress College Sexual Violence Education Victim’s Survival Guide and Campus Reporting Protocol.

Additional Health Resources

  • Alcohol Screening
    This site offers screening, information and resources to help individuals who think that they may have a problem with alcohol abuse.
  • Birth Control
    “Bedsider” is a free support network and guide for birth control. Get answers to your questions, explore available methods, find health centers, and learn about emergency contraception.
  • Center for Disease Control
    This site offers information on various health topics as well as information on necessary immunizations and precautions when traveling in areas outside of the United States.
  • Change is in the Air OC
    Take the pledge to help make your community college 100% tobacco and vape-free.
  • E-Cigarettes/Vaping
    There are at least 10 known carcinogens in E-Cigarette aerosol. Find out what you need to know in order to make an informed decision.
  • Eat Right
    This American Dietetic Association website offers information on nutrition topics as well as links to other nutrition information sites.
  • Emergency Contraception Website
    This site offers information about emergency contraception; what it is, references, frequently asked questions and other helpful topics.
  • Healthfinder
    This site has been developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  You may use it to find non-profit and authoritative government groups concerned with specific conditions and diseases.
  • Healthy Lifestyles
    American Heart Association website for health promotion, healthy living.
  • Healthy People 2020
    A website developed by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Helpfully organized into 42 different health related topics as diverse as access to health services, nutrition, genomics, cancer, injury, and many more. Each topic includes an overview, objectives, interventions, resources, and national snapshots.
  • Kids Health
    Great resource for information on childhood illness and more.
  • Mayo Health
    Health information provided by practitioners at the Mayo Clinic.  Updated daily.
  • Menopause Society
    Provides health and resource information on Menopause.  Geared to improve the health of women in mid-life and beyond.
  • National Library of Medicine
    Collection of medical information from all over the world on a variety of topics.
  • Oncolink
    A site devoted to information on cancer, therapies, clinical trials and support.  Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania .
  • Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Resources
  • Skin Conditions
    “Skintight” is a program that provides medical pictures of common diseases and conditions as they appear on the body. An interactive tool that includes an overview, risk factors, causes, pictures, recommendations, and information on treatments your doctor may prescribe.
  • Smoking Cessation
    Orange County Tobacco Education Coalition (OCTEC) — Free information and resources on tobacco-free and smoke-free living.
  • Vegetarian Nutrition
    Articles, recipes for Vegetarians.
  • Vegan Nutrition
    Nutrition information, recipes and articles specifically targeted to Vegans.
  • Web MD Health
    Provides information on a wide variety of topics.  Latest health tips and information.  Search for any number of health topics and the site also provides links to many other sites.
  • Women’s Health
    Provides information on a wide variety of topics related to women.  Latest health tips and information.