Students might feel really out of sorts as the semester comes to a close. Pressures from coursework, final exams, and adjusting to moving back home temporarily might feel overwhelming.
Here are some tips to help get a handle on your feelings and reactions.
Relax Your Body Stress often shows up in your body. Tense muscles, headaches, stomach upset, sweating, dizziness, and heart palpitations might be signs that you are feeling anxious. Listen to the messages your body is sending.
Relax Your Mind From the time you wake up until you fall asleep, you are engaged in an almost constant mental bustle. Stress can accelerate this process and make you feel like your mind is racing and you can’t shut off your thoughts.
Think RealisticallyWhat you think is what you get, so if you think that you can’t tolerate a situation or you can’t stand how you feel, you are reinforcing stress.
Get Some ExerciseRegular exercise is one of the most powerful and effective methods of reducing stress.
Feed Your BodyYou’ve heard it before, but here it is again; eat well-balanced meals to improve the way your body functions. To manage stress more effectively:
Nourish YourselfMaintain a daily routine of sufficient sleep, recreation and downtime. Pacing yourself through your day will allow for time for such things.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress and would like to schedule an appointment to speak confidentially to a counselor, contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 610-902-8561 or stop by Founder’s Hall, Room 95.