Santa Clara University

Wellness Center
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:


Trouble sleeping

Feeling anxious or tense

Increased Moodiness

Moodiness Difficulty



Increased or Decreased Appetite

How can I Alleviate 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.
  • Pay attention to 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. (

Things to Do When Stressed:

  • Read a book
  • Listen to music
  • Call a friend
  • Go for a walk
  • Have some tea
  • Watch a funny movie (or your favorite movie)
  • Meditate *Do whatever you enjoy !!!!
  • Get a massage at the Wellness Center

For questions about stress, stress management or stress reduction techniques, stop by the Wellness Center, or call x4409.

Other Stress Resources

Source: Student Counseling & Resource Service-- University of Chicago Virtual Pamphlet Collection

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