Manage stress and anxiety over the long term
Believing that you are able to manage stress and anxiety is important because your perceptions can have a large impact on your health. Research has shown that students’ perceived ability to manage stress can reduce their likelihood of becoming depressed”1.
1Sawatzky et al, "Resilience mediates the effect of stress on depression in university students," Journal of American College Health, submitted for review July 7, 2010
Identify the things that trigger your stress or anxiety
What causes your stress or anxiety? Keep a log of your stress triggers and review them periodically.
Identify the times that you tend to get stressed or anxious
Are you most stressed in the morning? Before class? Studying in the evening? Monitor the times you feel most stressed or anxious and include these times in your stress log.
Think of ways to change your responses to stress and anxiety
Are there unhealthy triggers you can avoid or minimize your exposure to? Can you change how you approach triggers or the way that you manage stress and anxiety?
For example, if studying for a difficult class alone in your room at night triggers a stress response, you might try studying with a friend or in a group at a different location and time of day. You might also want to try taking other steps to minimize the stress triggered by this activity, such as asking your professor or TA for help, accessing academic resources like the Learning Commons, or engaging in positive self-talk when you begin feeling stressed.
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