Are you aware that students report stress as the number one impediment to academic performance at UC San Diego (1)? It is very important to make sure you take time to de-stress.
Two helpful publications for finals week:
What Stress Does to Us
- Depletes energy
- Causes poor concentration
- Tightens muscles
- Causes sleep difficulties
- Makes us edgy/short tempered
- Can lead to relationship difficulties
- May cause us to make poor nutritional choices
- Blood vessels constrict, breathing becomes shallow, blood pressure and pulse may rise
- Blood stream gets flooded with hormones
Consider the benefits of Hands-On Relaxation Activities
- Provides stress relief by loosening and relaxing tight muscles
- Can improve circulation and range of motion
Touch Can Be Calming
- It can help slow down the mind
- Become less anxious
- Enhance attentiveness
- Improve concentration
Try these easy stretching exercises to get you through Finals Week!
THE R&R SQUAD IS HERE TO HELP!
The Resources and Relaxation (R&R) Squad is a group of trained peer educators from the Health, Recreation and Well-being Cluster. The R&R Squad provides free 4-5 minute low intensity neck, back, shoulders and arm/hand rubs.
Check out the Zone calendar to see the days the R&R Squad is in!
"R" is for Resources: UC San Diego students reported that they would like to receive information on resources for stress reduction, depression/anxiety, grief and loss, suicide prevention, sexual assault and relationship violence, nutrition and physical activity and sleep difficulties.
"R" is for Relaxation: 60% of UC San Diego students rated* the stress they had in the past 12 months as "more than average" to "tremendous". (*According to the 2010 National College Health Association Survey)
Here are some other things you can do:
- Listen to music
- Learn Self Massage - a real stress-buster!
- Pray or meditate
- Participate in regular physical activity. Research shows physical activity helps reduce stress, depression, cardiovascular disease and so much more. There are plenty of opportunities on campus to get physical. Check out the Zone for free classes. Recreation also offers fun, affordable classes.
- Learn guided visualization/deep breathing. Counseling and Psychological Services has audio recordings you can listen to on your computer: http://caps.ucsd.edu/download_center_web/download_center_home.html#irelax
- Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night
- Manage your time well. Master proper time management skills
- Take a walk on the beach
- Eat nutritious meals
- Keep a journal
- If you need further help with stress issues, contact CAPS at: http://caps.ucsd.edu
Have questions? Contact a Health Educator at (858) 534-1824.
(1) National College Health Assessment, 2010.