Coping Strategies for the Home Stretch
The end of the semester brings many events together at once – from finishing final projects to preparing for the next steps for the summer or your career, to changing relationships. There is a lot to juggle, and while many of these events can be exciting and something we look forward to, these times remind us that even good events in our life can be stressful. Here are some reminders about healthy coping strategies – pick one or two and add them into your days over the coming weeks:
•Build-in time for yourself every day, even if it is 30 minutes, and do something you enjoy.
- Listen to or play music
- Make art
- Read a pleasure book
- Take a bath
- Drink a cup of tea
- Watch a show
- Play a video game
• Exercise regularly – even taking a brisk walk for 20 minutes daily can help with stress and other emotions.
• Make time to eat regular meals and nourish your body and mind. Eat early in the day to give yourself mental energy – don’t wait until late in the afternoon to have your first bite to eat!
• Spend time outdoors / in nature.
• Talk with supportive friends and family, or talk with a counselor. The Counseling Center offers options such as Let’s Talk for brief, drop-in conversations with a counselor.
• Incorporate prayer, meditation, or spiritual support.
• Use relaxation skills, such as deep breathing exercises or using apps such as calm.
• Write down 3 things you are grateful for every day.
• Use humor – talk with friends or watch a funny movie.
• Make time to sleep and restore your mind and body for the next day.
Keep in mind…Our attitudes, perceptions, and the way we look at stressful events can help us resist the negative effects of stress.