According to the 2019 National College Health Assessment Survey, stress is the leading factor impacting academic performance.
While some stress is beneficial in terms of our motivation and productivity, unmanaged chronic stress can lead to a wide range of negative health outcomes that can affect your physical, mental, emotional, and even social well-being.
Tips for Stress Management
Luckily, there are many ways to manage stress! The key is to finding strategies and techniques that work best for YOU! Here are some primary examples of stress management strategies and techniques to help you live happier, healthier lives:
- Practice relaxation and breathing techniques, such as the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise, which involves the following steps:
- While sitting or lying down in a comfortable position, place one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly.
- Take a slow and deep breath in through your nose as you mentally count to 4.
- Gently hold your breath as you mentally count to 7.
- Slowly exhale through your mouth as you mentally count to 8.
- Listen to guided meditation and mindfulnes exercises from UCSD Center for Mindfulness.
- Don't be afraid or ashamed to ask for help when needed. Tapping into your social support system may mean reaching out and asking support from a friend, family member, colleague, or a trained medical professional.
- Engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
- Eat nutritious, well-balanced meals
- Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night
- Maintain your hobbies! Make time for activities that you find fun, fulfilling, and meaningful.
- Seek out counseling from Counseling and Psychological Services.
- Meet with a Health Coach through our Health Coaching Program to help you along in your health and well-being journey!
Have questions? Contact a Health Educator at (858) 822-5382.