Managing Stress

Stress is ubiquitous—we all experience it, we all suffer from its consequences, and we can all do a better job managing our physiologic, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to stressful situations.

The Counseling Service is available to work with students to more effectively identify sources of stress, better manage those things that they can affect, and impact their sympathetic nervous system to support engagement in valued activities (even in the presence of stressors). Below we offer a brief explanation of the stress response, its short and long term effects on your functioning, techniques to induce the restorative relaxation response, and adaptive cognitive and behavioral responses to stress.