How to Manage Stress
Students can experience stress physically, emotionally, behaviorally and cognitively.
- Stomach ache, headache, dizziness
- Sleeping problems - too much or too little
- Change in normal eating habits
- Irritability or hostility
- Difficulty making decisions
Changes in behavior:
- Noticeable changes from "normal" behaviors
- Withdrawal from people/social events
- Working harder but getting less done
- Blaming others or being overly critical
- Frequently arguing over small things
- No longer enjoying things that used to give you pleasure
- Pretending nothing is wrong
- Extreme thinking (ex. 'Everything is terrible. I am a failure.')
- Thinking you are going crazy or having thoughts of harming yourself or others
If you recognize some of these symptoms in yourself, try...
- engaging in fun activities or spending time at Kutztown University's Student Recreation Center and swiming pool
- getting the right amount of sleep each night
- taking advantage of KU's Health Promotions Services
- managing your time better by making lists and checking-off items you've completed
- maintaining a healthy perspective and examine your thoughts
- slow, deep breathing relaxation techniques
- reaching out to family, friends, or talking to a counselor
- visiting the Health and Wellness Center
- making time to laugh!
Good deeds make you feel good.
Give a friend a little present, make your roommate's bed, donate time to your favorite cause. You'll feel good and so will someone else! .