Stress Management


Stress is a natural response to demands placed on you. Without stress, we would not accomplish much. However, too much stress can cause problems, negatively impact your health, decrease your productivity, and affect your relationships. Therefore, it is important to learn to manage your stress, especially when a large number of demands are placed on you

Owls Care offers several resources to help you manage your stress!

Stress Oasis

The Stress Oasis is a self-serve station at our office that provides information on stress and free stress management goodies such as stress balls, biodots, aromatherapy, and more. Feel free to stop by our office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to stock up.

Stress Management Consultation

During stress management consultations you will meet with one of our staff members and practice relaxation techniques while utilizing biofeedback equipment to monitor your physiological responses to the relaxation techniques. All of the forms of biofeedback used at the office are non-invasive and your physiological responses are measured by placing sensors on your hands or on your ear. Biofeedback helps to teach you how to direct your physiological responses to decrease the impact of stress. You will learn a variety of stress management techniques such as breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. A time management session is also included to help you evaluate your schedule and learn to efficiently use your time.

Strategies for Managing Stress

  • Make time to do things you enjoy
  • Listen to music that improves your mood
  • Practice different stress management techniques like breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or visualization. Learn about these techniques and more by signing up for a stress management consultation
  • Stop by our Stress Oasis and make your own aromatherapy bag. Engage your senses and relieve your stress with your favorite scents
  • Want to chill out now? Check out the super cool Calm website
  • Build your social support system or sit down with CAPS if you need a little extra help
  • Schedule out your day and don’t forgot to pencil in “you time” too!
  • Take study breaks. Create good study habits by taking a 5 – 10 minute break approximately every hour
  • Schedule a stress management consultation to discuss how to be more efficient with your time and responsibilities
  • Create or find a good place to study with minimal distractions
  • STOP multitasking - focus your attention on one project at a time
  • Get active. Move your body for at least 30 minutes a day doing your favorite activity
  • Try out yoga or Pilates. They are great low-impact stress relievers. Check out Campus Rec for a schedule of classes
  • Fuel your body. Eat well-balanced meals that will provide your body with the nutrients it needs. Make an appointment with the registered dietitian on campus to personalize your eating plan
  • Catch some zzzzzzz’s. Make sure you are getting 7 – 9 hours of sleep each night to ensure that your body is functioning at its highest capacity throughout the day

Strategies for Time Management

  • Complete a time log. Track everything you do and how much time you participate in that activity. And yes we mean EVERYTHING! Meals, showering, time spent on social media, etc.
  • Spend most of your time on things that support your goals
  • Be realistic
  • Get organized
  • Make a “To Do” list
  • Use technology or planners to schedule out your day
  • Need a weekly schedule? Try one of these schedules to get started

  • Set aside time for studying
  • Find/create a quiet place
  • Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb” or “airplane mode”
  • Set boundaries
  • Before you commit, make sure you have time in your schedule
  • Schedule time for yourself
  • Manage your stress; schedule a stress management consultation if you need extra help
  • Learn tips for collaborating and resolving conflict
  • Include relaxing activities into your schedule
  • Take breaks and to help you mentally and physically recharge
  • Figure out what strategies work best for you
  • Learn how to modify your routines
  • Set a bedtime; make sure to get enough sleep

How to Study Better

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 Last Modified 11/8/16