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Use your body as a signal—recognize your signs of stress and respond accordingly. Watch your breath and practice relaxation if you feel your body is tense.
Slow down and check-in with yourself: How are you feeling? What are you telling yourself? Seek support or take a break if you sense something is wrong.
Watch expectations and learn to set limits— ask for what you want, set new traditions, and only commit to those things you truly find enjoyable.
Laugh—it’s a natural antidote to stress!
Practice self-management—prioritize tasks and commitments and do only what you can, plan to be 10 minutes early to every event and savor the extra time for yourself, and be sure to follow your own best schedule (morning person? night owl?).
Get support—seek out positive influences in your life and draw energy from their optimism, avoid negativity and those who bring you down, do something nice for another person, or identify three people whom you know you can turn to.
Most importantly—be kind to yourself! Take care of your own wants and needs first and foremost.
Fight Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation!
Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and depression. Students who are working or studying long hours may experience episodes of sleep deprivation. This can cause day- time sleepiness, sluggishness, and difficulty concentrating or making decisions
Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine. Have a good sleeping environment. Get rid of anything that might distract you from sleep, such as noises or bright lights. Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekends. See your health provider if you continue to have trouble sleeping. Avoid pulling an all-nighter to study.
STRESS MANAGEMENT -- Learn/practice a variety of stress reduction techniques: Yoga, Stretching, breathing, Meditation, Biofeedback, Sleep Hygiene and others. Weekly drop-in sessions: Fridays, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Meditation Room, 2nd floor, Campus Center. (Starting 9/14/12)
ACADEMIC SUCCESS -- (Four-week cycles) Time management, Study skills, Test taking strategies, Test anxiety and Memory tricks. First four-week group cycle: Thursdays, 9:00- 10:00 a.m., Counseling Center (starting 9/20/12) Future four-week cycles: Mondays, 1:00-2:00 p.m. (starting 10/15/12)
Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Counseling Center (starting 9/18/12)
Looking for Help from the Academic Resource Center
During the fall and spring semesters, the tutoring centers are open weekdays until early evening for the convenience of both day and evening students. The centers also offer summer and intersession hours, which vary. Please contact each center to make an appointment.
NEW! they also offer later tutoring hours for some subjects in the Library Learning Commons.