College Success Tip #8
What is stress management?
Why do so many students get sick around exam time?
Stress manifests itself as a psychological or physical reaction to
outside influences. Stress in college is inevitable although it can be
managed so as not to become overwhelming and create negative
consequences for students. Understanding the triggers of stress and
learning some basic tools to help manage it can minimize its effect.
Why is stress management important?
The pressures students face while trying to balance
all aspects of their lives can be overwhelming at times. If students
aren’t able to balance the demands placed on them, their stress level
can increase while their success rate can decrease. Students need to
understand that for each 1 hour they are in class, they will have 2-3
hours of homework. That means for a student taking 15 units, they will
have 30-45 hours of time committed to class and outside work. This is
on top of any time dedicated to work, family, sports, etc. Student
often start out with their time already maxed-out. When a problem
emerges, the student’s stress level is sure to increase.
Examples of stress management
Some ways to reduce stress include:
Getting enough sleep
Eating a proper diet and exercising regularly
Learning a relaxation method such as yoga or meditation
Not taking on additional activities if you do not have the time
Avoiding drugs and alcohol;
Making time for hobbies and play
Managing your time efficiently (make each minute count)
Internal links for stress management
There are several campus resources that can help
you with stress management. The
New Student Advisement Guide, complied by the Matriculation
Department has many ideas for students to reference.
Counseling courses 111 and 150 will also assist with stress
management planning as well as many other topics related to student
The College of the Canyons’ Student Health Center
can also help with stress and anxiety. Visit their
website for more information.
External links for stress management
Upcoming workshops on stress management
Cougar Mentors in the Student Development Office
offer various workshops, some that address stress management. For more
information call 661-362-3141 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.canyons.edu/offices/student_development/src.
The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin (Pearson/Prentice
Cornerstone: Building on Your Best, 4th Ed., by
Robert M. Sherfield, Rhonda J. Montgomery, and Patricia G. Moody
(Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).
Becoming a Master Student, 10th Ed., by Dave
Ellis (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003).
Study Guides and Strategies,
Dartmouth’s Academic Skills Center, http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/index.html.