Stress is a part of everyone's lives and in excess, stress can negatively affect our wellbeing, but can enhance wellbeing if in a manageable amount.
There are many ways you can manage stress such as:
- physical activity
- stress management techniques
- recreational activities.
This Ted Ed video, on the right, will go into further detail on how chronic stress affects your brain.
Below you will find ways to manage your stress to help enhance your overall wellbeing!
Recognizing your stress
We all experience stress in different ways and at different times in our lives. By first taking the time to understand where your stress is coming from and the way stress affects your mind and your body, you are better able to cope with stress you have or to take steps to avoid those sources of stress.
Exercise, is a great way to manage your stress and feel better, whether it is taking the time to do some yoga, go on a walk or run, or doing some strength training. Check out the mental health section of Physical Wellbeing to learn about how a healthy amount of stress can actually make you stronger.
Taking time to relax
When you are experiencing stress, it is important to take time to relax in ways that work for you, such as listening to music or reading a good book. You can also try doing breathing exercises, yoga, mindfulness, or other forms of self-care.
You can also check out by texting “@STRESS” to (844)486-0046 to get weekly texts to receive tips and resources for managing your stress.
Cougar Health Services also offers some additional tips on relieving stress.
Using your time wisely will help you avoid harmful levels of stress. Some of the things you can do to manage your time as an online student can include:
- Planning ahead by creating a schedule of school-related tasks, work, and other day to day tasks, including breaks.
- Focus on one task at a time and set time limits for what you are doing.
- Stop distractions by using a timer app such as the Focus Keeper or Flora.
More Video Resources on Reducing Stress
Behind Happy Faces
with Ross Szabo. An inspirational talk, empowering you to strengthen your mental health and reduce the stigma of illness.
Fear Less, Do More
with Michelle Poler. She shows how to challenge your comfort zone to tap into your full potential.
with Brenda Cleaver. You’ll learn how to embrace gratitude and ambition simultaneously, how to identify what you have and what you need.
with Bogdan Goncharuk. You will learn about the barriers to time management and how to overcome those barriers.
with Dora Kamau from Headspace.
with Dora Kamau from Headspace
Guided Mini Meditation