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We’re at that point in the semester where everyone’s sick, you have $4 in your bank account, and the workload just won’t stop coming. But don’t worry! There are lots of resources to stay on top of your physical and mental health here at UMass.

Go to the Rec Center

If you’re in need of a nice workout to ease your mind, take advantage of the three-story gym located behind Du Bois on campus. Equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and lots of space to workout, there is definitely something for everybody at the Rec Center. Everyone benefits from going to the gym every once in awhile. Specific workout classes are also free for students so you can workout in a fun, creative way. A quick workout goes a long way and can definitely relieve a lot of stress!


If you’re feeling sick, go to UHS

Located in Central Residential Area, University Health Services is home to all sorts of different doctors and specialists to help you. UHS provides immunizations, physical exams, and even acupuncture! If you’re feeling under the weather, be sure to visit the helpful UHS staff, brought to you either by appointment or the walk-in clinic.


Walk around campus

I know that, for me, reminding myself that such a beautiful campus is my home brightens any gloomy day of mine. If at any time I’m feeling down, I leave my phone in my dorm and go on a walk around UMass! I strongly recommend this especially if you’re homesick. It’s comforting to see the beauty of Pioneer Valley if you’re ever stressed or upset.


Get some good food

If you’re in need of a little pick-me-up, go to a dining hall or one of the several other places to eat on campus! You are given a variety of fresh, farm-to-table products here at UMass, so it’s really easy to stay on top of your health (and avoid the freshman 15). Anywhere you go, you are bound to find both healthy and fresh items. (There are also comfort food options so you can treat yo’self!)


Schedule a visit at CCPH

Whether through individualized therapy, group sessions, or recommendations to other specialists, trained professionals at the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health are very successful in helping students. CCPH is responsible for helping 20% of students on campus — that's a lot of students! If you’re looking for a caring community an as outlet for your stresses, be sure to check out CCPH.


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