Stress Resources

The word “stress” has many different connotations and definitions. In common usage, it refers to two different things:

  1. Situations that trigger physical and emotional reactions (often called a “stressor”), and
  2. 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.

Campus Resources

Thrive@ISU

Thrive@ISU is a confidential program to help you identify areas of your wellbeing that may be affecting your experience at ISU and to help you facilitate a student driven action plan to help you Thrive!

Thrive@ISU is NOT counseling or medical treatment. Rather, it is a student to student program focused on providing a safe, confidential space for you to learn about areas of wellbeing that may be affecting you, to learn about resources of support available, and to help you generate some next steps to help you thrive!

Student Wellness

  • Student Wellness has online information about and resources for stress and stress management.

Recreation Services

  • Mindful movement is a great way to manage stress. Check out the various methods of movement in the link above.

Student Counseling Services (SCS)

Self-Care and Stress Management Resource for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities

  • Campus, community, and online resources made by and for BIPOC communities around racial stress, healing, and self-care.

Academic Success Center

  • 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.

Student Assistance

  • 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.

National/Online Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “How Stress Affects You”

Perceived Stress Scale (self-assessment)

Headspace app or website

  • Some meditations and courses are free (Students get a major discount on premium)

Guided meditation and information on mindful.org

Coursera courses on stress and stress management