Stress Reduction and Relaxation

Self-Care

Stress is a normal human emotion that we all experience from time to time. As college students, the right amount of stress can increase our productivity and motivate us to make good grades, stay involved, and do our best. However, too much stress can quickly cause us to become overwhelmed.

Finding the right balance between too much and too little stress is an essential part of our overall well-being.

Stress can be caused by internal and external factors and can manifest itself as:

  • cognitive,
  • emotional,
  • physical,
  • or behavioral irregularities.

Possible indicators of excessive stress are changes in:

  • mood,
  • motivation,
  • heartbeat,
  • eating and sleeping habits,
  • relational patterns,
  • and academic performance.

It is important to pay attention to these and other stress indicators in order to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Below is a list of resources that provide more information on stress indicators, stress management, and relaxation tips.

Last Updated: 5/09/2011