The word “stress” has many different connotations and definitions. In common usage, it refers to two different things:
- Situations that trigger physical and emotional reactions (often called a “stressor”), and
- The reactions themselves (known as a “stress response”).
Not all stress is bad. People need some stress in their lives. Even positive life events such as getting a new job or entering into a new romantic relationship cause eustress. It is stimulating, increases our adrenaline, and adds excitement! Different people have different stress levels that are appropriate for them. Some people need more stress in their lives than others. It is important to find a balance that works best for you.
When stress becomes overwhelming, it’s okay to turn to others, including professionals, for help.
If you are in crisis, there are resources avialable for you 24/7.
- Student Wellness has online information about and resources for stress and stress management.
- Mindful movement is a great way to manage stress. Check out the various methods of movement in the link above.
- SCS offers numerous services, including:
- TAO self-help app,
- the online Mind-Body Spa, and
- biofeedback services.
- Campus, community, and online resources made by and for BIPOC communities around racial stress, healing, and self-care.
- If your stress is related to academics and coursework, the Academic Success Center has several options to help you. These include tutoring, supplemental instruction (SI), academic coaching, and other resources.
- The Student Assistance staff can help with life circumstance that can be stressful. Make an appointment or browse their online resources to get ideas for how you can best manage your stress.
- Some meditations and courses are free (Students get a major discount on premium)