Friday, October 28, 2011

Midterms and Managing Stress

Buzzing around campus as I have in the past several days has been a delightful experience. The weather is splendid and students seem to be energized by the season. As a counselor however I am sensitive to many anxious and pressured expressions on the faces of students as they dart between commitments. Mid semester exams are definitely here!

So how do you manage the stress that inevitably goes along with being a college student in October? Here are some quick stress management tips to help you get through:

1. Set realistic expectations and plan on making mistakes. You're human after all and making mistakes are part of the process.
2. Keep your goals manageable. Break down projects, papers and studying into smaller parts and take rest breaks along the way.
3. Take care of yourself. Remember to eat a balanced diet, move your body, get enough sleep and make time for fun with friends. All these will help you feel like you can conquer the day no matter what type of stress you face.
4. Finally, don't underestimate the benefits of taking a moment to breathe deeply!

If you would like to learn more about Stress Management or the other programs offered at the office of Student Counseling Services, call or stop by the Saltzman Center to make an appointment to speak with a counselor (516-463-6791).