Stress Management

Being in college can be stressful, especially when you are required to balance multiple priorities, such as holding down a job or looking after a family. The following suggestions are helpful pointers for managing your stress so that you can be successful in all areas of your life.

  • Exercise
    • Not only does exercising improve your health, it also helps you to relax and reduce stress! According to the Handbook for Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living (n.d.)1, exercising moderately for 30 minutes a day, four days a week is recommended. Moderate exercise consists of fun activities such as biking, brisk walking, swimming and dancing. Ask a friend to exercise with you to make it even more fun!
  • Healthy Eating
    • Scheduling time to eat healthy foods can help you cope with stress. When you eat regular meals of nutrient-rich foods, your body has the proper fuel to stay alert and productive throughout the day. Resist the temptation to reach for high-fat, high-sugar foods when you are stressed and choose healthier foods instead.
    • Check out the Canada Food Guide for serving recommendations.
    • Try the food-fitness planner from WebMD or the myfitnesspal app.
  • Relaxation
    • There are many relaxation techniques that can be used to manage stress. Relaxation gives the body time to rest and rejuvenate. Try some deep breathing, muscle relaxation, or meditation techniques.
    • Check out some guided meditations at LearningMeditation.com. Click on “Meditation Room” (on the left, under the tree branch) to access a variety of guided meditations that facilitate well-being and relaxation.
  • Informal Support Systems
    • Friends and family members can be good sources of informal support during stressful times. Talking with someone can help to take the weight off your shoulders and provides a good opportunity for constructive feedback.
    • Many online resources can provide support for stress. Check out AnxietyBC and their app, Mindshift or take a Stress Recess.
  • Counselling Services

Reference

1Public Health Agency of Canada. (n.d.). Handbook for Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living. Retrieved December 2, 2010, from http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/hl-mvs/pag-gap/pdf/handbook-eng.pdf