Nine tips for reducing stress

Look around campus. How many stressed college students can you spot? Are you one of them?

If you feel hopeless from the stress weighing on your shoulders, realize you are not alone. Stress can be diminished by practicing stress management techniques and living a healthy lifestyle.

“The best things people can do to manage stress are to take care of their physical health, use in-the-moment coping strategies to reduce tension in tougher moments and spend time with people that make them feel good, even if they think they don’t have time,” said William Meek, psychologist with WSU Vancouver counseling services.

Bill Stahley, WSU Vancouver academic coordinator, agrees. Stahley’s tips for managing stress include:

  • Pay attention to your diet. Eat more vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables, avoid alcohol, sugar, fat and salt.
  • Exercise more often. Experts advise a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
  • Try to relax. Meditation, a hot bath or a cup of tea might help.
  • Develop a positive attitude: Look for the opportunity in challenges.
  • Gain perspective by focusing your energy on something else.
  • Get organized. Clutter and confusion can multiply stress.
  • Work in smaller sessions and take frequent breaks.
  • Leave time for fun. All work and no play is a recipe for stress.
  • Let go of stress and anger. There are better outlets for your energy.

Additional tips for stress management are available at willmeekphd.com. Meek is also available for individual and group counseling at the Student Resource Center.

The Student Resource Center will conduct a free stress management workshop at 1 p.m. Oct. 23 in Firstenburg Student Commons. The SRC will conduct other workshops this fall on goal setting, test anxiety, test taking skills, time and energy management and note taking.

For more information, call 360-546-9155, email the SRC at src@vancouver.wsu.edu or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/srcwsuv.

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