Tips for Stress Management
Stress can be a normal and necessary part of everyone’s lives. It is the body’s natural response to challenges that arise. In college, students often face new challenges that can be exciting, but may also cause some stress. Managing this stress in a healthy way is crucial for academic success and personal wellbeing as a student. The following are resources designed to assist students in coping with stress.
Signs and Symptoms of Stress
Stress can be a physical reaction, but it also affects emotions, behavior, and cognition. While everyone experiences stress in different ways, it is important to understand and identify common signs and symptoms.
- Headaches and/or other muscle pains
- Chest pains and/or rapid heartbeat
- Upset stomach
- Sleep disturbances
- Shortness of breath
- Change in appetite
- Overeating and/or undereating
- Social withdrawal
- Avoidance of tasks and/or responsibilities
- Increased use of drugs/alcohol
- Nervous behaviors such as fidgeting or nail-biting
- Irritability and/or anger
- Loneliness and/or isolation
- Feeling overwhelmed or out of control
- Forgetful and/or disorganized
- Problems focusing or concentrating
- Constant worry
- Memory difficulty
Healthy ways to Manage Stress
The following sections provide more information on healthy ways for managing stress.
Food can help manage stress in many ways. Certain foods can boost hormones in the brain, and assist in strengthening the immune system and lowering blood pressure. The following are some of these foods:
Meditation, Relaxation, and Other Guided Techniques
Guided meditation and relaxation techniques can help reduce the effects of stress. These techniques trigger the body’s relaxation response and assists in preventing damage from the physical effects of stress. Practicing meditation may also help with refocusing thoughts, regulating blood pressure and heart rate, improving immune function, and much more. These practices can also bring long-term resilience if completed regularly. The following are free videos that walk users through some basic meditation and relaxation techniques.
Provided by Katherine Oglesby, LCSW. Katherine a certified trauma-informed yoga instructor.
- Simple Guided Meditation for Beginners (5 minutes)
- Anxiety Reduction (5 minutes)
- Procrastination (7 minutes)
- Mindfulness (20 minutes)
- Anxiety, Fear, and Worries (22 minutes)