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Wellness begins by knowing your daily stressors. Whether your stressors include long assignments, managing a job and family responsibilities, or taking care of others, a student’s day usually requires a large amount of energy. This type of schedule can quickly lead to worry and feeling overwhelmed.  Stress is a normal part of college students’ lives, and it is a common reason for students to seek counseling.

Take a few minutes to assess how you are taking care of yourself. Are you aware of the physical sensations, feelings, emotional discomfort, and tension in your body? Do you give your body the chance to move and release tension? Do you pay attention to food and what you put into the body?  If you feel your daily stress level is overwhelming, taking a few minutes to care for yourself can improve how you feel.

Ideas include:

Drinking plenty of water.

Aiming for at least seven hours of sleep per night.

Taking a 10-30 minute walk daily.

Spending time in activities that connect you to positive people.

Eating more fruits and vegetables, and less manufactured or highly processed foods.

Sitting in silence for at least 5 minutes a day.

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