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Stress, Relaxation, and Mindfulness


Counseling Center

Furrow Hall

175 West Knox Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Stress can have a variety of effects on our thoughts, emotions and behavior. The American Institute of Stress compiled this list of effects that show how damaging stress can be if it is allowed to take over. College is full of stressors such as exams, essays, relationships, buying books, homesickness, finding time for a social life, and too many more to mention. Building some coping skills for the stress of college life and beyond can do wonders for your mental and physical health.

If you think stress could be having a negative impact on your health, call Counseling Services at 309.341.7492 to set up an appointment.

Signs of Stress

  • Feeling overwhelmed or experiencing mood swings
  • Repetitive distressing thoughts
  • Changes in sleep, diet, or exercise patterns
  • Muscle tension and/or digestive issues
  • Difficulty concentrating

Coping Tips for Stress

  • Healthy exercise, sleeping, and eating habits are the best stress busters. Remind yourself that the mind and body are one and the same, and prioritize your health.
  • Don't reinvent the wheel! Use tried and true stress relievers that work for you, just make sure to take small breaks from your busy schedule to relax.
  • Improve your time management skills by using a calendar, planner, or journal.
  • Forget the all-nighter. Losing sleep increases stress while also inhibiting your ability to learn. Study in short bursts with time in between to process. 
  • Learn to say "no" when you are taking on too many responsibilities.

Online Resources

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, come to Counseling Services during business hours. After business hours call Campus Safety (309.341.7979) or call 9-1-1. Click Crisis Sessions for more information.

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Printed on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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