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Managing stress during busy times

Stressed student

December can be one of the most stressful months of the year. Between school, jobs, friends, and family obligations, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Below are tips to help you navigate this busy season with your sanity intact!

Organization is key.
The best way to manage stress is to be prepared. Organize tasks by order of importance and deadline. Once completed, then move on to the lesser things on your list. Be sure to keep a flexible schedule to allow for the unexpected.

Take care of yourself.
Stress weakens your immune system, which is the last thing you need. One way to boost your immune system is to eat well. Visit our website to learn what food to eat to help keep your immune system healthy.

Did we mention sleep?
It’s easy to trade sleep to make time for other activities. But sleep is crucial to your everyday well-being. Get close to the recommended 6–8 hours of sleep as often as possible and try to keep your regular sleep schedule.

People relieve stress in a variety of ways. Reading, a warm bath, playing a sport, knitting ,or talking to a friend help some people relax. Find what works for you and stick to it. A guided relaxation audio is available from Health Promotion and Wellness here.

Make time for you.
Be sure to make time for activities important to you, such as working out, hobbies, and hanging out with friends. Doing things you like will help you be able to focus and to think better. Make time for you every day.

Just say no.
Be realistic about what you can handle. It is OK to say no to anything outside of what you have to get done.