The right amount of stress can motivate us to perform at our best and reach our goals. Everyone has a "sweet spot" where there is just enough stress to help you focus and get things done, but not so much that you feel overwhelmed.
When you need to feel better fast, there are several simple strategies you can try. There are also lots of things you can do to manage ongoing stress before it becomes overwhelming.
LONG-TERM STRESS MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
> Manage Your Time
Learn how to manage your time with the help of the Academic Success Center Learning Corner.
>> Write It Down
Struggling with a problem? Try keeping a journal. It will help you clarify your thoughts and problem solve more effectively.
>> Think Positively
Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. Caught in a negative tailspin? Try to evaluate your thoughts rationally and stop critical self talk. Contact CAPs or the OSU Cascades Student Success Center for help.
>> Eat Healthy
Eat healthy, well-balanced meals and avoid alcohol to effectively manage your stress.
>> Practice Gratitude
Take a few minutes each day to recognize what you are thankful for in your life. Not only will you feel good — gratefulness improves mental and physical well-being.
>> Spend Time Outside
Get outside and take a break. In Corvallis, Bend and Newport there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy mother nature. Take a hike up Bald Hill, a walk on the beach or a stroll along the Willamette River.
TIPS FOR IMMEDIATE STRESS RELIEF
>> Visit the Mind Spa
Soothe your mind, body and spirit with a visit to the Mind Spa at CAPs.
Make sure to get plenty of sleep and find time to rest. You'll return to your responsibilities rejuvenated and ready to go.
>> Get Active
Exercise improves your mood and helps you concentrate. Visit Dixon Recreation Center, join an intramural club or get active outdoors through the Adventure Leadership Institute or Cascades Adventures.
Watch a funny movie. Goof around with friends. Laughter relaxes you and is good for your health.
Remember to take deep, slow breaths when you are stressed. Try yoga or meditation.
>> Engage in Creativity
Take time to do things that you enjoy. Listen to music. Work on a crafty project. Relax and be creative.