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A little stress in life is good and can actually make you more productive, but too much can cause you to get sick. The best way not to let stress cause a problem is to recognize the symptoms early and engage in stress reduction techniques.

Symptoms of being too stressed include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Tense muscles
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Decrease in focus
  • Lack of concentration
  • Feeling sad or depressed

Stress Reduction Techniques

Relax...or find an activity that you enjoy that does not relate to the source of your stress

  • Read a book
  • Jog, dance, or play a sport
  • Watch a movie
  • Laugh with friends
  • Play a game
  • Listen to music
  • Drink Hot Tea or Coffee
  • Take a hot bath
  • Take a nap
  • Anything else that makes you feel good
  • Exercise

Many scientific studies have found that exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve your overall happiness and health. It is important to find an exercise activity that you enjoy such as:

  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Rollerblading
  • Walking
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Jogging
  • Frisbee

Time Management

You can avoid unnecessary stress at the end of the semester if you manage your time well and plan at the beginning of the semester.  If you forgot to plan at the beginning, it’s still not too late to assess how effectively you are using your time and make the necessary changes.

  • Assess how you use your time
  • Identify and focus on your priorities
  • Plan ahead of time for papers and exams 
  • Put everything in perspective

Relaxation Response:

  1. Pick a focus word, phrase, image or prayer
  2. Assume a comfortable position
  3. Close your eyes
  4. Relax your muscles
  5. Breathe slowly and naturally, repeat your focus word as you exhale
  6. Assume a positive attitude, if you get distracted, return to your focus word
  7. Continue for 10 - 20 minutes
  8. Practice once or twice a day


Contact Univerity Health Services at 617-552-3225

Or University Counseling Services at 617-552-3310