Managing Stress

We’ve learned about different types of stress. We know that stress can affect our mood, thoughts, body, and behavior. We also know that stress is just about everywhere and can even be a good thing. But how can we best manage stress?

One of the more popular ways to manage and tackle stress is through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Generally an 8 to 10-week course, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is used to help you connect with yourself, engage in more self-care, and help you find balance. You don’t have to be a yogi or a meditation guru to benefit from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. There are workbooks you can buy (check out Amazon) to try some of the techniques at home, or you can do a quick Google search to find a program in Seattle. Don’t forget you can also check out SPU’s free mindful yoga classes!

If mindfulness or yoga isn’t your thing – research also points to exercise and spending time outdoors as a great way to alleviate stress. To battle stress, you need to check-in with yourself (to be aware that you’re experiencing stress) and then do something that allows you to check-out from what you’re stressing over (meditation, yoga, exercise, nature walks). Then try tackling your stress one step at a time.

College is a stressful time, but it should also be a time of learning about yourself and enjoying your independence. Make time for yourself! And lastly, don’t forget the power of social support. Reach out to someone you’re comfortable with and set up a time to chat if you’re feeling overwhelmed!

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