Stress

Stress Curve

Stress is a normal response to the demands and pressures we experience in life. Some stress can be helpful and motivate us to meet deadlines and perform, but too much stress carried for too long, however, can be harmful and impact our ability to function.

Stress Management

Practicing stress management helps us improve our ability to respond to stress. Here are some tips for when you’re feeling stressed:

  • Take purposeful breaks. Give yourself 5-30 minutes to clear your head by taking a walk, listening to music, taking a 20-minute power nap, or grabbing coffee with a friend.
  • Practice physical self-care by eating a nourishing meal, exercising, or getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Practice good time management. Plan out time for class, work, and self-care on a Semester Calendar (Fall 2017 pdf) or Weekly Calendar (pdf), or make a to-do list.
  • Practice being in the moment with a mindfulness or deep breathing exercise. This strategy is highly effective during moments of panic or when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  • Talk to a friend or relative. Reach out to a good listener who makes you feel good about yourself.
  • Go outside. Research shows that spending time in nature helps lower our stress levels.

There are many resources available at Babson to help promote stress reduction and to aid students in developing healthy coping strategies in managing the day-to-day stress of being a college student.

Resources

Try our Guided Meditation Voicemail (781-239-REST) to practice mindfulness techniques and regain a sense of balance and centeredness. It’s a great tool to help relax, slow down racing thoughts, and/or come down from a stressful day before bed.

Relaxation tools such as coloring books, fidget sticks, and silly putty are available in the Wellness Center. Stop by during office hours to pick one up.

For more information about managing stress, or to learn about using a weekly or semester calendar, please email Health Promotion to make an appointment.

Getting Help

Sometimes when we carry too much stress for too long, or we experience a traumatic event, it is normal to need some additional support. If you’re having trouble managing your stress, and find that it’s impacting your quality of life and ability to function, we can help.

Mental Health Screening

Take a free, confidential, and anonymous online mental health screening. The screening tool provides feedback, information, and resources related to a range of concerns, including anxiety and depression to substance use, eating concerns, and trauma.

Speak With a Counselor

Schedule an appointment with Counseling Services to speak with a counselor about your concerns. Email counselingservices@babson.edu or call 781-239-6200 to make an appointment.