Reduce Your Stress, Mindfully
Stress, as many of us consider it, is when our ability to effectively navigate the machinations of life is overwhelmed. This sort of stress -- too many finals at once, mounting personal problems, and the like -- begins to take a toll on us and ultimately reduces our performance and sense of wellbeing. The result can have physical, emotional, and social outcomes that are undesirable and even harmful. What to do?
Step 1: Learn more about your individual stress response. Knowing how you think, feel, and react to stressful situations can help you identify ways to antidote the stress. For example, sitting quietly and taking easy breaths before an exam can set you up for success.
Step 2: Practice techniques that help you manage stress longitudinally. Simple steps like a regular sleep schedule, daily physical activity, healthy eating, and remaining organized go a long way in this regard.
Step 3: Feeling overwhelmed? Ask for help. UMass has a ton of ways to support students. This particular action step is up to you. Nearly everyone at UMass can point you to someone who can make the appropriate connections for you when you’re struggling.
Step 4: Seek social support. Having a solid network of family and friends who can help you navigate life’s challenges can reduce stress and its negative effects. Feeling left out? UMass has a robust network of clubs, groups, and events to help find your niche. Have a look at Campus Pulse to discover more.