Santa Clara University


Stress Management

As many college and graduate students are aware, juggling responsibilities of school, jobs, exams, friends, family and life in general can cause stress. While each person reacts differently to stress, possible signs and symptoms can include:

So what can I do to alleviate some of the stress in my life?

Be aware of your particular stressors

Notice how you react to certain things. Are there situations, people, etc. that cause you stress? Just being aware of the things that stress you can help to alleviate some of the stress.

Know your emotional and physical reactions to stress

Does your body tense up when you are stressed? Do you get upset easily with others? Being aware of how your body reacts to stress is important. By knowing HOW you react, you can take steps to counteract these reactions.

Find ways to lower the intensity of your reactions to stress

Learning ways to lower the physical and emotional intensity of your reactions can be a big step. Taking a few deep breaths, going for a quick walk-anything that can get you "back to normal" is beneficial.

Build up your physical and emotional reserves

Taking good care of yourself, physically and mentally, can help ward off the affects of stress. Daily exercise and a healthy diet can make a big difference.

Good things to do when you feel stressed

Stress management resources

Stress & Relaxation Interactive Program

We all have stress – sometimes it’s helpful, but sometimes it gets in the way.

It’s helpful to learn about stress and how to manage it. Why? Because increasing awareness is the first step in making a change for the better! This Interactive Program will help you figure out if stress is helping or hurting you, and what to do about it if it’s a problem.

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