From time to time, we may feel overwhelmed or stressed out. Here are some ways to take care of yourself and cope with stress in your life:

  1. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 – Take a deep breath! Deep breathing can calm your body and soothe your mind. As you breathe, focus your attention on your diaphragm moving in and out. Close your eyes, breathe in for four counts, hold for three, and exhale for five. Repeat until you feel a sense of calmness and energy.
  2. Relaxation is just a stretch away! Stretching can help relax your muscles — the first step to relaxing your mind! You can use just about any stretching technique you know or try this quick neck stretch: Reach your left arm over your head until your fingers are just touching the top of your right ear. Gently pull your head towards your left shoulder, feeling a subtle stretch through the right side of your neck. Hold for a few seconds and feel the muscle lengthen. Then do the same on the other side. Be careful — stretching should never cause pain — but if you do it gently and in the right spots, this can be a really powerful technique.
  3. Catch a few Zzzzz’s. Though it’s good to get the sleep you need at night (seven to nine hours), taking a 20 minute nap in the afternoon to unwind can be a great way to recharge yourself for the rest of the day. You can also take a sleep assessment to find out great tips for a better night’s sleep.
  4. Get some nutrients in your system! Feeding your active body and mind with wholesome food can help you charge ahead and maintain energy. Maybe a sweet banana, an apple, or grapes are your type of snack. If not, try nuts, veggies or cereal bars. Check out get balanced! for nutrition information on and off campus.
  5. Move on up to greater relaxation! Exercise can get your heart pumping and endorphins flowing, re-energizing your body and mind. Take a brisk walk or jog around the block to get your mind ticking along smoothly. You can find tips on being physically active with CU Move.
  6. Reach out to people who can help! Whether it’s a friend or a professional, getting support can do wonders to help you through a stressful time. Take a look at the Stressbusters Links to Success for ideas to help you cope with stress on-campus.
Last updated March 03, 2016