BE LESS STRESSED
Unchecked stress can keep you in a perpetual state of “fight-or-flight.”
This is exhausting, and can lead to irritability and lack of focus. Listen to your body when challenges mount. Proactively return it to a relaxed state. You’ll heal better. You’ll feel better. You’ll think better. If left unaddressed, unchecked stress can eventually lead to serious health problems.
What Being Less Stressed Feels Like
- A calm, rested body
- Clear, peaceful thoughts
- An overall feeling of hope, levity and tranquility
How You Can Be Less Stressed
- Move your body to boost mood and improve sleep.
- Laugh more. Break out of the stress mindset by watching a funny video or doing something that makes you smile.
- Spend time with the people you enjoy.
- Rest. Try a breathing or stretching exercise to slow things down.
- Reflect often. Take time to identify what’s troubling you, and ask for help.
- Visit the Self-Care page for more resources.
- Join a fitness class, jump on the treadmill or pick up a game at the SRC. Moderate exercise is an excellent antidote for stress and anxiety. For off-campus fun (snorkeling, hiking, snowboarding and more), check out Outdoor Excursions (OE).
- Learn purposeful movements that slow and redirect focus. Connect with GradSuccess or take yoga classes at the Student Recreation Center (SRC).
- Laugh. Talk. Be social. Connect with student organizations via HighlanderLink.
- Consider sharing your stresses and burdens and make an appointment at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to speak with a counselor in a confidential setting.
- Ensure that you get the best sleep and exercise by ensuring you are in good health by going to Student Health Services .
- Check out The WELL's offering of weekly events designed to support healthy minds, bodies and communities.
- Dissolve stress and anxiety with guided meditations.
- Relieve your stress with these helpful tips.
- Small amounts of stress can be good for you! Find out what kind and how much.