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How to Manage Stress

Students can experience stress physically, emotionally, behaviorally and cognitively.

Physical symptoms:

  • Stomach ache, headache, dizziness
  • Sleeping problems - too much or too little
  • Change in normal eating habits

Emotional symptoms:

  • Moodiness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability or hostility
  • Difficulty making decisions

Changes in behavior:

  • Noticeable changes from "normal" behaviors
  • Withdrawal from people/social events
  • Working harder but getting less done
  • Blaming others or being overly critical
  • Frequently arguing over small things
  • No longer enjoying things that used to give you pleasure
  • Pretending nothing is wrong

Cognitive changes:

  • Extreme thinking (ex. 'Everything is terrible. I am a failure.')
  • Thinking you are going crazy or having thoughts of harming yourself or others

If you recognize some of these symptoms in yourself, try...

  • engaging in fun activities or spending time at Kutztown University's Student Recreation Center and swiming pool
  • getting the right amount of sleep each night
  • taking advantage of KU's Health Promotions Services 
  • managing your time better by making lists and checking-off items you've completed
  • maintaining a healthy perspective and examine your thoughts
  • slow, deep breathing relaxation techniques
  • reaching out to family, friends, or talking to a counselor
  • visiting the Health and Wellness Center
  • making time to laugh!

                                                                                                                                                              Wellness Tip:

                      Good deeds make you feel good. 

Give a friend a little present, make your roommate's bed, donate time to your favorite cause.  You'll feel good and so will someone else! .