Stress and Relaxation

Stress is a "feeling of emotional or physical tension" that occurs as a result of the "body's reaction to a challenge or demand" - U.S. National Library of Medicine
From finals week to organizational commitments to social life, being a college student can be extremely stressful. In fact, when rating their overall level of stress, 55.6% of undergraduate students experienced more than average or tremendous stress. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you are not alone. The good news is: there are ways to cope.
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Ways to Cope with Stress
  • Try stress-busting study snacks such as oranges, pistachios, avocados, almonds, or raw veggies
  • Engage in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week
  • Maintain a stress outlet
  • Sleep 7-9 hours a night
  • Practice positive thinking
  • Utilize the "Night Shift" mode on iPhones to decrease the blue light and get a better night's sleep
  • Utilize free apps that offer guided meditation, breathing exercises, or progressive muscle relaxation, such as:
  • Practice anti-procrastination
  • Ask for help!
On-Campus Resources
Student Recreation Center
Student Counseling Service
Updated 2018