Monday, March 9, 2015

35 Minutes To Spare? You Can Stress Less

Now and Zen we all feel stress.  Luckily, help is all around us.  One type?  The TWU Student Health Services'
 Stress Less Series.  The free series' next session, Imagery in Stress Reduction, is scheduled for
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 12:25 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 113 of the Student Union
.  Take 35
minutes out of your busy schedule to learn techniques to help you cope with stress 24/7, wherever you happen
to be.
The semester progresses, and the feeling builds.  The many stressors of college life mean many TWU students are familiar with stress--and how it affects them physically, emotionally and cognitively. Chronic stress is worse, causing memory loss, loss of concentration, difficulty sleeping and more--all of which tends to build and lead to, you guessed it, more stress.  A Student's Guide to Balancing Stress

The good news?  There are ways to ease the stress cycle, and you can learn some of these methods with the TWU Student Health Services' (SHS) Stress Less Series.  The series' next session, Imagery in Stress Reduction, takes place on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 12:25 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 113 of the Student Union.  In this brief, free session you'll learn techniques to help you cope with stress 24/7, wherever you happen to be.  

Proven Stress Reducers 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
12:25 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Student Union, Room 113

It's normal to feel stress at times; the key is what you do next.  Because we're not machines, it pays to have stress-fighters in mind for those times you need to fend off this very human emotion.

 Google baby animals images.  Just do it.  Same with puppies underwater (this is funny, not cruel) and grumpy cat.  A menagerie of stress relief awaits.  Another easy way to alleviate those stressed-out feelings?  Google faith in humanity restored and read several of the results.  A few minutes of this is like a good spring cleaning for your soul.    
 20 Scientifically-Backed Ways to De-Stress Right Now contains several good tips.  Others swear by various peppermint, green apple, lavender or lemon products.  "While the greatest effect from peppermint comes through inhaling the scent, peppermint gum, mints and flavored water have been found to produce similar effects," according to Bryan Raudenbush, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.
 Variations of white noise are available for your listening and chilling pleasure at   
 Natural, Adjustable Rain Noise Generator  No synthetic stuff here.  Listen to natural white noise (or pink, brown or grey-like, depending how zen you want to get) to optimize your study time.  A pet project of Stephane Pigeon, self-described "signal processing Ph.D. engineer with a strong passion for sounds," this noisemaker includes a multitude of variations on a theme including Fairy RainGetting Wet and Distant Storm.  Looking for some break time filler?  Even the FAQs are interesting.  This one's a keeper.
 A Cure for the Stressed Life of a College Student  Enough said.
 A set of resources on stress-related topics is available at the bottom of the SHS Stress Less page.
● Need to talk?  Appointments for emotional and mental health treatment are available through SHS.  Information is available here or contact SHS at 940-898-3826.  Individual therapy is also available at the TWU Counseling Center (detailed contact information is listed in the right-hand column on the Counseling Center homepage.)   

Please join the TWU Student Health Services on Wednesday, March 11th--and take a step toward stressing less.

~Sandy Cochran

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