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Stress Reduction

Stress Reduction

  • Deep Breathing

  • Utilizing Relaxation Techniques

  • Get Plenty of Sleep

  • Exercise

  • Plan Ahead

  • Ask for Help

  • Keep a Positive Attitude

  • Cry When You Feel Like It

  • Laugh Often

  • Be Silly Sometimes

  • Play!

  • Avoid Coping Through Unhealthy Means like Drinking or Substances

  • Set Realistic Goals

  • Believe in Yourself

  • Don't Worry about the Things You cannot Control

  • Surround yourself with positive people who support you

  • Prioritize your Tasks

  • Stay Organized

Managing your Stress by Knowing your Limits!

Stress may be unavoidable in college life, but it is also largely under your control. You may not be able to control the situations or events happening around you on campus that may trigger you to feel stress, but the reactions that you have in any situation are entirely under your control.
Stress management starts with the realization that you are in control of your life and in accepting this fact, you will be empowered to take charge of stressful elements of your life. You can take charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your daily schedule, the environment in which you live, and the way you chose to deal with conflicts.
A large part of accepting the control you have over you own life is also letting go of trying to control the elements that are essentially uncontrollable. There are many things in life that are beyond your control, like the behavior and choices of others. Instead of stressing over how you want to change or control something that is beyond your control, considered focusing on the things you can control, like your own thoughts, behaviors and actions.
It may be helpful to compare what you can control, and what you cannot control:

You CAN control You CANNOT control
Your actions\behaviors Other people's actions/behaviors
Your words and your thoughts Other people's words and thoughts
Your choices Other people's choices
The people and things you surround yourself with Traffic, weather, parking the economy and other broad concerns
Your goals and your priorities Other people's goals and priorities (like classmates or professors)
Your self-esteem & your self-worth How other people decide to feel or think about you (judgments, assumptions,  etc)
Your self-care How many hours in the day or the certain responsibilities or expectations in your daily life (ex. studying or working)

When you feel yourself becoming stressed, take a moment to consider if you are stressing about something that is not within your control. If you are, how can you work towards letting it go? What elements do you have control over that you could make adjustments to?

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