This time of year can be stressful for students. Between final exams, holidays and other pressures, we can easily become overwhelmed. There are simple things we can do to help us deal with these times of high stress. Small things can sometimes make a big difference.
- Be realistic – Try keep it real. Remember, there’s no such thing as perfect. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a 20-minute break and give yourself permission briefly to step away from what is stressing you. All we can do is the best we can do.
- Breathe – Did you know that when we are stressed, we don’t breathe normally? This could have negative consequences in your body. Take a minute literally to catch your breath and refocus. Do a brief relaxing breathing or a mindful meditation exercise.
- Take Care of Yourself – When we’re dealing with all-nighters to get papers done, studying for exams and coping with family and friends’ demands or expectations, we often forget to take care of ourselves. Although it’s not always easy, try to get at least six hours of sleep. Don’t forget to stay hydrated: Refill that water bottle. Can’t get to the gym for a little exercise or a yoga class to re-energize? Take a 10-minute walk outdoors to clear your head.
- Laugh – Laughter is the best medicine, as it relieves muscle tension and increases the feel-good endorphins released in our brains. Spend 30 minutes with that friend that makes you laugh. Do you have a favorite funny video or picture? Keep it handy and smile.
- Get Support – Seawolves run in packs. We aren’t meant to do everything by ourselves. If you are feeling overwhelmed, use the many areas of our Campus Community that are here to provide support. You can come talk with us at CAPS or call CAPS After Hours. You can also touch base with your advisor or stop by the Dean of Students’ Office.