Stressed?

Stressed or worried about a class?
  • FIND HELP - Know what resources are available such as tutoring, a writing center, or someone who has taken the class and talk to them.
  • TALK TO YOUR PROFESSOR - The professor is there to help you. They may appear intimidating, but they genuinely want to help you.
  • MAKE IT INTERESTING - Try to find something of interest to you with each assignment. Increased interest will reduce the anxiety.
  • IT'S ONLY A SEMESTER - Remind yourself it is only for a semester. Once you pass that class...you don't have to face it again.
Feeling burned out?

Make a Study Calendar.

  • Block off your classes
  • Block off your work, volunteering, and organizations.
  • Block off your meal times and now you see the available times to study.

Fill in any open spaces (concentrating on the hours between 8am and 7pm) with blocks of study time. On days you finish early, put in a small reward of a TV show or some other treat. Try to finish all of your homework so you can have Sundays off and rest.

6 Tips to Reduce Stress
  • EAT - Food is your body's energy source. Keep it fueled healthy meals including fruits and vegetables.
  • EXERCISE - Try to get at least 20 minutes of activity at least 3 times per week.
  • SLEEP - A minimum of 6 HOURS is needed to reset your body. The most productive for your mind and body is eight hours of sleep.
  • SHARE - Reach out to friends, family or counselors to talk about your stessors. Helpful advice may be given.
  • CONSIDER - Consider lowering the number of commitments you have. Too many 'Yes, I can help!' responses can really stretch you thin and feel frazzled.
  • REFOCUS - Take a few minutes to think about a happier place or time, meditate, read motivational quotes or articles, or listen to peaceful sounds. This calms your emotions and allows clearer thinking.
Stress Relieving Activities
  • Breathing Exercise - Breathe in for a count of five, hold it for a count of three, and exhale for a count of eight.
  • Yoga - Redirects your energy by focusing on breathing and stretching which helps with clearing your mind.
  • Exercise - Helps relieve stress, like yoga, by releasing endorphins that make you feel better. Exercise can be as simple as a 15 minute walk or rigorous as a 5 mile run.
  • Music - One of the best stress relievers. When dealing with stress, the right music can lower your blood pressure, relax your body and calm your mind.
  • Get organized - De-clutter your life. By working through the clutter of your life, you can eliminate the drains that can promote your stress. De-cluttering can be as simple as cleaning your room, throwing out old items, or cleaning out negative people in your social media.
  • Time out - Take a 10 minute break, close your eyes and think of a pleasant time in your life. Get yourself to that “happy place”.
  • Journaling - A great way to clear your mind. Everything that you would want to tell someone but you’re afraid to, can be written down. Sometimes decisions are made more easily if the issue is written down and analyzed. Make a list of pros and cons to help you weigh your options.
  • Find a hobby - Hobbies are a great way to release stress. Getting lost in an activity such as drawing, scrap booking, photography, etc. is very relaxing.
  • Reduce consumption - Consumption of alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine actually lead to higher levels of anxiety. Caffeine stays in your body for 6 hours so try not to drink any caffeinated drink after 3pm so you get a good night of sleep.
  • Friends - Make a lunch date with a close friend to either talk about the stress issue or to take your mind off of the issue.
Reducing Academic Stress
  • Take a look at your course load. - If you are taking more than 15 hours, talk to your advisor and see if dropping a class is possible.
  • Attend class. - It may seem like your professor is 'just reviewing' material or maybe your professor doesn't take attendance. IT DOESN'T MATTER. Go to class. The professor constantly gives material you will be tested on.
  • Visit your professor. - Professors may appear scary, but they really are concerned with your academic success. Go talk to them about what you don't understand or the difficulties you are having.
  • Get a tutor or join a study group. - Get help in understanding difficult topics. Study groups are an excellent way to get a different perspective.
  • Reduce extra-curricular activities. - We all want to be involved and connected but we must balance what we WANT to do with what we HAVE to do.