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Health Education & Promotion
Wellness: How to Help Students with Stress

Project Objectives

The Health Education and Promotion Stress Campaign (pdf) serves to create awareness around student stress on campus and to promote increased knowledge of campus resources. We work to increase faculty and staff involvement in helping students reduce and manage stress. We also provide information on campus resources that are available for students to use and provide faculty and staff with tips on how to work with students to prevent and respond to student stress.

Recommended Resources

Massage Chairs at Student Health & Wellness Center

Student Health and Wellness Center Stress Relief: We Can Work It Out!

There are two massage chairs available in the CAPS Clinic Mind Spa located on the second floor of the Student Health and Wellness Center across from the ARC on La Rue Road: so if you're stressed, we can work it out!

The second floor’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Clinic houses a Mind Spa for students. Drop in and learn to use one of the massage chairs in the Mind Spa, where you can enhance your relaxation with guided relaxation and mindfulness audio resources and explore a computerized biofeedback program that helps to cultivate skillful stress management. Experienced Stress & Wellness student ambassadors are available to guide you through CAPS Clinic’s relaxation resources.

Visit the Mind Spa website to learn more.

The third floor's Health Education and Promotion (HEP) department offers free stress and sleep resources including free nap kits with eye shades, ear plugs, and napping tip cards.

Syllabus Supplement

This Syllabus Supplement Resource List (pdf) provides a brief description of some of the campus resources that are available to students to help them manage and prevent stress. It also contains a number of useful online websites that provide information on techniques to manage stress, information on study skills, and relaxation mp3s. Attach this sheet to your syllabus or pass it out to your students separately so they can be aware of and utilize these resources.

Extended Resource List

This is a more extensive and detailed list of campus resources (pdf) that you can keep in your office to refer to when you encounter stressed students. This list contains specific information about these resources, such as hours, location and contact information. When directing a student to these resources, it is important that faculty also give the student enough information about the resource so they know where to go.

Tip Sheet

This is a quick reference sheet (pdf) specifically for faculty and staff that gives tips on how to help students manage their stress and how to make the classroom a lower stress environment. It includes tips on recognizing and responding to stress, providing academic assistance, interacting with students, and encouraging time management.

Multi Media Relaxation Resources

UC Davis’ Counseling and Psychological Services website has downloadable, instructional relaxation podcasts on belly breathing, meditation, and guided visualization. The site also features information on student-specific stresses: procrastination, test anxiety, financial stress, and perfectionism are all covered in CAPS’ Q&A section.

Quietmindcafe.com features guided relaxation videos to calm your mind, release your stress, and train your breathing. Each video includes peaceful natural imagery, soothing music, and gentle spoken guidance for relaxation.

The Mayo Clinic offers an easy-to-use stress assessment tool and a network of resources for stress management on their website, including how to control the physical effects of stress like weight gain, headaches, and fatigue. The extensive resources featured on the Mayo Clinic site encourage you to recognize, manage, and reduce your stress to increase your happiness and achieve your goals.

 

 

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