From time to time, many people 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, pay attention to your diaphragm — focus on how it moves in and out. Close your eyes, breathe in for four counts, hold for three, and exhale for five. Do the same on the other side. Repeat until you feel calm and energized.
  2. Relaxation is just a stretch away! Stretching can help relax your muscles — and it’s a step towards 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 — if done correctly and in the right spots, this can be an effective technique for releasing tension in the muscles.
  3. Catch a few ZZZs. Though it’s good to get the sleep you need each night (seven to nine hours), taking a 20 minute nap in the afternoon can be a great way to recharge yourself for the rest of the day. You can also take an Asleep! sleep assessment to learn more about how you’re sleeping and find out great tips for getting a better night’s rest.
  4. Get some nutrients in your system! Feeding your active body and mind with wholesome food can help you charge ahead and maintain energy throughout the day and the semester. You might try a sweet banana, an apple, or grapes if that’s your type of snack. If not, try nuts, veggies, or cereal bars. Check out the Alice! Health Promotion nutrition resources to help you get started.
  5. Move on up to greater relaxation! Physical activity can get your heart pumping and endorphins flowing, re-energizing your body and mind. Try taking a brisk walk or dance around your room to get your body moving and thoughts flowing.
  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 on who to reach out to for help coping with stress on-campus.
Last updated August 03, 2017