You’re two and a half weeks in to the semester and perhaps some of those tests and assignments that used to appear on the syllabus as a vague future happening are becoming more and more real. Stress happens. A little bit keeps us on our toes and helps us to do our best work, but too much can greatly reduce our academic ability. So, if you are noticing an increase in stress, here are a few things you might look into to reduce any feelings of being overwhelmed:
1. Take a walk or a run or a bike ride or maybe go to the SLC for a game of hoops — just getting active can help reduce stress levels.
2. Talk to someone. Sometimes talking it out can help with stressful situations. Whether it is a friend, a family member, your CL, Residence Chaplain, Hall Director, someone in the Spiritual Life office or someone in the Counseling Center, be sure to visit with someone. Remember part of your student fee includes an intake and 6 sessions at the Counseling Center on the second floor of the SLC. The counseling center is staffed with trained professionals who want to help you. (254) 710-2467.
3. M&M Hour. Though these particular M&Ms stand for Meditation and Mindfulness, I have heard that they do also offer M&Ms of the chocolate variety. This meeting on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4 pm is an opportunity to learn about different relaxation strategies to help you deal with your stress. No reservation is required.
4. Eat Well. Try to incorporate more and more fruits and veggies on your tray in the dining hall.
5. Sleep. Getting enough rest can be a challenge, especially when you are living in the college world that is always abuzz with fun friends and exciting opportunities of things to do, but try as much as you can to get good rest.
6. Academic Support Programs is a department in the Paul L. Foster Success Center that includes the Tutoring Center, Academic Mentoring, and Supplemental Instruction opportunities. Also, this department has advisors on staff who can work with you to develop smart study strategies, time management skills, and a plan for test preparation.
These are just a few resources, but please take advantage of these if they would be useful. Also, feel free to see us in Career Counseling if determining your major or career path are part of the stress.