Monday, November 2, 2015

Making Stress Your Friend: Part 2 - by Krista

Hello again!

Last week we discussed stress; what it is, how to cope with it, and included a Ted Talk on the subject. This week, I want to talk about the resources that can assist you in dealing with stress and stressful situations throughout your college career here at Chico State.

There are many resources on campus that students can access for FREE! The concept of “free” to me is incredible and includes opportunities that you should not pass up. After all, someday we will have to pay a good amount of money for these amazing services and they wont be nearly as accessible as on the campus of your current lifestyle. The Counseling Center is open Monday thru Friday 8:00am-5:00pm with crisis services available all day throughout their regular operating hours. 

You can view more information on the Counseling Center website. The Student Health Center can always help as well. Stress can be just something extra on your plate, but if you are sick and stressed out, you are less likely to take the time to care for yourself. If you are anything like me, you will push yourself until you need to see the doctor because you didn’t rest when you should have taken the time to care for your body. If this sounds like you, I want to recommend the Student Health Center. Every time I absolutely need something, they are able to fit me in. If you form a relationship with a full time staff member, you can be seen quickly, which (hopefully) won’t disrupt a busy schedule. The Student Health Center is open Monday thru Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, however, they open at 9:15am on Wednesdays. For more information, visit the Student Health Center website.

Of course, there are many other resources on campus as well such as the library and academic advising walk in hours. However, I want you to consider your family and friends as a solid foundation for support in the time of stress and possible anxiety. Having a well-rounded social life will help support a successful education and keep you on track. We want to avoid burnout as much as possible as students! Keep yourself and your schedule open for a little “you” time and don’t forget to include those important people in your life. Carving out time for social activities, or just to talk about your situation will be more helpful than you anticipate.

Thanks again for reading! Next time I would like to talk to you all about methods of stress relief, such as sporting events, hobbies, and activities that can help you during those tough midterm weeks! 

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