Dealing With Stress

Dealing With Stress

After recognizing the source(s) of your stress, try some of these techniques to deal with feelings of distress.
Some stress relief techniques can be applied to both long and short term, and some are more specific. Here are some general stress relief techniques, followed by short and then long term techniques. Everyone experiences stress differently, and there is no universal way to deal with stress. Find what works for you by trying a few different techniques.

General

  • Exercise, go for a walk, join a team - exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress because it naturally releases endorphins (the hormones that make you feel good)
  • Try Yoga - yoga focuses the mind, and connects the body to the mind
  • Deep breathing - focusing on your breathing can help get your mind relaxed and better able to concentrate on your task at hand
  • Massage therapy - if you carry your stress in your back, neck (as many students do) try massage therapy as a prevention to further physical stressors
  • Get enough sleep - sleep is important for your body and brain to keep them functioning well and efficiently
  • Write in a journal - letting out your thoughts can help you deal with them
  • Laugh - humour is a great stress reliever, watch a funny movie, or hang out with your most funny friends
  • Talk about your problems with people you trust - another form of dealing with problems
  • Use healthy self-talk (ex. “this too shall pass”, “what is the worst that can happen?”) - by adopting a mantra you can begin to think more positively about potentially negative situations
  • Learn time management - use your planner effectively
  • Learn how to say “no” - don’t try to take on too many things at once
  • Make time to take care of yourself - balance your academic, social, familial and personal needs
  • Eat balanced meals - proper nutrition helps keep our minds and bodies functioning at their highest potential

Short Term Stress Relief

To relieve short-term stress (failing a test, losing your wallet, essay deadlines, study “cram sessions”, etc.) try some of these techniques

  • Deep breathing
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Stretching in between study sessions

Long Term Stress Relief

These techniques include more lifestyle changes to decrease long term, or chronic stress (divorce, losing a loved one, losing a job, failing a course, physical injuries, ongoing disagreements with family or friends, consistently missing deadlines, etc.)

  • Prioritize your tasks monthly, weekly and daily and stick to your schedule
  • Seek professional counseling (See contact information for the Student Development Center or Health Services at Brock)
  • Make the commitment to join a gym, fitness class, or team and schedule it in your weekly agenda
  • Volunteer your time for a good cause 

 

stress tip

"Get away for awhile - Read a book, watch a movie, play a game, listen to music or go on vacation. Leave yourself some time that's just for you."