Stress Management for Students
Do you feel overwhelmed with so much stuff to do? We can help!
Learn how to look at stress from a different perspective by watching the video below. Also, check out these additional resources to help manage stress:
Stress is a reality.
It can have a negative impact and it can also have a positive impact.
10 Coping Techniques for Stress Reduction:
1. Figure out what’s stressing you & then problem solve
2. Positive thinking & Perspective
3. Eat right
4. Stay hydrated
5. Get plenty of rest
6. Take breaks
8. Say "no"
9. Alone Time
10. Remember that feeling stressed is normal and that it can actually benefit you.
Benefits of stress:
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Grippo, A. (2016). Why stress is both good and bad. Psychology Today, January 20, 2016. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-wide-wide-world- psychology/201601/why-stress-is-both-good-and-bad
Isaacson, K. (2003). stress doesn't have to be distressing. Women In Business, 55(4), 26.
University of Florida/Counseling & Wellness Center. (n.d.). Maintaining the balance: A self-help guide for students. Retrieved from https://www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/maintaining-the-balance-a-self-help- guide-for-students.aspx
It can be hard to find time and relax when life gets crazy with work, school, and family. Technology is always at our fingertips and there are great apps available to help refresh and unwind even if you only have 5 minutes. Games and coloring are a fun way to relax and relieve stress. There are also apps that help with breathing, mindfulness, and meditation as well as exercise routines such as yoga.
If stress ever gets to be too much:
Before attempting stress reduction techniques, it is important to recognize stress indicators. Here are some stress indicators:
Once stress indicators are recognized, try to identify your stress response
Here are a few apps that others find helpful:
Breethe- This app helps with sleep and meditation along with other ways to promote health and wellness and productivity. There are hours of soothing music, bedtime stories and mediations to help fall asleep, 100’s of guided meditations, breathing exercises, nature sounds and videos to calm down on the go, alarm clock with gentle tracks. This app is free however very limited unless you get a membership. Download to check it out and if you like the free exercises, it is worth the membership!
Oak- This app is great for those who suffer from anxiety or stress daily. It includes meditation and sleep exercises and promotes mindfulness. There are also relaxing sounds and guided breathing exercises designed to help with sleep and relaxation. Another cool feature is that Oak sends you an inspirational quote every day! This one is free.
Headspace- Headspace is a great app for those who are short on time. This app offers short two-three-minute meditations that you can do just about anywhere. Headspace focuses on living a happier and healthier life by becoming less distracted and more focused, and more mindful. There are also sleep exercises. If you are a meditation newbie, they offer a free basic course through the app to get you started. There are also guided meditations for kids! How cool is that? Membership costs $12.99 a month or $94.99 a year. (This app is also the ‘Editor’s Choice’ in the Apple store).
Pigment- Adult coloring is all the rage these days and with the help of your devices, you can color anywhere and everywhere. There are a lot of coloring apps to choose from but I really liked Pigment. Every day, you get a free page to color, which is perfect for those who only have a limited amount of time during the day to get creative. This app also features in app purchases if you want to color more or choose your own pictures.
Motivational Quotes- This app helps those who just need that little bit of motivation and inspiration to get through the day. Motivation offers a collection of hundreds of quotes that you can browse and share with friends and family on social media. There are quotes to help with depression, life lessons, love quotes, motivational quotes, verses from the Bible, and more. This app is free but offers a premium membership for more feature’s ad free enjoyment.
Yoga Workout- It has been proven time and time again that exercise helps reduce stress, but sometimes we don’t have time to exercise as much as we would like. Workout apps such as Yoga Workout are a great option. Yoga Workout is completely free and includes challenges, expert instruction and lessons, and even workouts you can do in bed! Namaste!
Games- It should be no surprise to most of you that game apps are great for stress relief. Here are some great ones to get you started: Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Spill It, Zen Koi, Office Jerk, Criminal Case, and Wordscapes. For more ideas check out the list here: https://www.thecollegejuice.com/2018/10/9-mindless-games-to-play-for-stress-relief/
Techniques specifically for college students:
Universal stress reduction techniques:
The college students guide to stress management. (2018). Retrieved from Purdue
Global University website: https://www.purdueglobal.edu/blog/student-life/
Corliss, J. (2016). Six relaxation techniques to reduce stress. Retrieved from
Harvard Health Publishing website: https://www.health.harvard.edu/
Segal, J., Smith, M., & Robinson, L. (2018). Quick stress relief. Retrieved from
HelpGuide website: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/
Stress management. (2017). Retrieved from Mayo Clinic website: