Relaxing Your Mind and Body:
There are a number of relaxation techniques that can help you manage stress and also improve your concentration, productivity and overall well-being.
Meditation Audio: http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22
Consistent sleep is critical for a healthy life. Although we all need varying amounts of sleep, if we do not get enough sleep, everything from our immune system to our ability to learn and remember information will be negatively affected. Sleep is as important as nutrition and exercise when preparing for peak performance.
Changes in relationships can be a source of stress for many students, as can feeling socially isolated. At the same time, talking with a supportive friend or family member can be helpful in coping with stress. This section emphasizes conflict resolution for stress management.
Sometimes all the things we have to do can seem overwhelming and impossible to accomplish. Learning how to be a good time manager is a skill that you can use throughout your life, which can make work, play and studying more manageable, more productive and less stressful. Learn about the ABCs of time management.
Alcohol and Other Drugs:
Alcohol and other drug use can lead to many problems that can add stress to our lives. High-risk use can lead to poor decision-making, impaired abstract thinking, injury and legal problems. By understanding your overall risks, you can make healthier choices.
Tobacco can impact your sleep, ability to fight infection and overall health. These issues can create stressful situations. Tobacco use by some, however, is seen as a stress reducer. In order to achieve a healthy lifestyle, it is important to learn strategies to deal with stressors and to understand that quitting tobacco use takes time and practice.
EX: Re-Learn Life without Cigarettes
American Legacy Foundation and the Mayo Clinic. This program helps smokers to create a personalized cessation program, which targets the physical, psychological, behavioral and spiritual aspects of addiction. The website also features a Resource Center and an online community for EX members to share their experiences.
Helping Young Smokers Quit: Identifying Best Practices for Tobacco Cessation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Helping Young Smokers Quit is a national program that addresses the critical need to disseminate effective, developmentally appropriate cessation programs for adolescent smokers. The HYSQ initiative works to fill a gap in knowledge about the numbers and distribution of youth cessation programs, as well as the types of treatment approaches and program components that are offered across the U.S. It aims to identify effective program models and promising directions for future research.
How to Quit – Useful Resources to Quit Smoking
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health (CDC-OSH). This website provides a resource list of pamphlets, fact sheets, and publications on smoking cessation including: “You can quit smoking”, “Quit Tips”, “I Quit!: What to do when you’re sick of smoking, chewing, or dipping.” The site also includes references for other websites to help quit smoking.
When you consider that the average credit card debt of an undergrad is $2,748, it's no wonder why finances are a common stressor for college students. This section offers tips on money management and credit card use.
40 Money Management Tips Every College Student Should Know:
Spirituality means finding personal meaning in your life; it doesn't mean just following a particular religious dogma. This section describes how exploring spirituality may be helpful in managing stress.