Linda Qualia, associate dean of counseling and career services at Collin College, suggests students experiencing unhealthy stress try some of the following stress-fighting techniques:
- Get organized
Poor organization is a primary cause of stress for most people
- Pay attention to how you breathe
Breathing is the only automatic function of our bodies we can also control by attending to it. Changing our breathing by deepening and slowing it will calm us and allow us to focus on a present moment.
- Laugh, a lot
Humor has been shown to relieve stress, pump endorphins and relax tension.
- Gain some distance from the stressor to get perspective
Stepping away from a situation by breathing, taking a time-out or talking to someone allows us to see a problem a different way.
- Have someone you can vent to
Talking about your feelings and thoughts gets them out of your head, so you can stop fretting.
- Become more assertive
Being assertive demonstrates self-respect and helps you say “no.”
- Talk to a professional
When stress becomes overwhelming, talking to a professional can help. A professional’s non-judgmental acceptance will help you get refocused and recharged.
To speak to someone with Collin College Counseling Services, call 972.881.5127 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.