Managing Transitions with Self-Help Resources

Published May 17, 2018

Mindfulness Stones

As the school year comes to a close, many of us are "switching gears" and making plans for travel, starting new internships or jobs, or preparing for new class schedules. Changing routines can be stressful and connecting with new sources of support can take some time, so these transitional periods are a great opportunity to try out some new self-help tools! Here are a few of our favorites:

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne: Explore possible contributing factors to your anxiety, as well as many different strategies for managing it. Available in hard copy or as an eBook through the ASU Library!


Calm (smartphone app and website): Free basic guided mindfulness exercises. Choose from an assortment of soothing background images and sounds, and try the deep breathing tool for a quick and simple way to unwind.


Calm Harm (smartphone app): Select free exercises from categories such as Comfort, Distract, Express Yourself, Release, and Breathe to help manage anxiety and urges to self-harm.


Pacifica (smartphone app): Using this app to help track your moods, thoughts, and goals can be a good option if you experience anxiety and/or depression. There are also options to connect with others through a peer support community or to try out some relaxation exercises. (website): Do you struggle with low self-esteem or persistent self-criticism? Give the exercises and guided meditations on Dr. Kristen Neff's website a try!


Suicide Prevention Lifeline (hotline and website with LiveChat option): If you're struggling with suicidal thoughts or want to support a friend in crisis, the Lifeline can help from anywhere in the country. Call (800) 273-8255. If you're concerned about someone's immediate safety, call 911.


For even more options, visit the "Self-Help" tab on the "Services" page of our website!

Audrey Stone, MA, LPC, NCC

Staff Counselor and Diversity Outreach Coordinator

Counseling & Psychological Services Center

(828) 262-3180     (828) 262-3182 (FAX)

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The Counseling Center offers after-hours emergency coverage for urgent mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, and other trauma.  Call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on-call.

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