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I feel stressed

Certain levels of stress can be healthy, motivating, and energizing. However, unhealthy levels of stress can negatively affect you in many ways —physically, cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally. High levels of stress can also lead to headaches, muscle tension, sleep problems, and anxiety.

If you’re feeling stressed, here are some activities that might help:

  1. Write in a journal
  2. Engage in  moderate exercise on a regular basis
  3. Spend time with friends
  4. Pick up a new hobby
  5. Improve eating habits
  6. Improve sleeping habits
  7. Watch a favorite movie or television show
  8. Join a club or student organization on campus
  9. Enroll in UCR Counseling Center’s Biofeedback sessions
  10. Practice meditation/relaxation exercises

Click on the links below for podcasts that walk you through various relaxation and imagery exercises that you can practice almost anywhere at any time!

Breathing Exercise 

Passive Progressive Muscle Relaxation 

Active Progressive Muscle Relaxation 

Lapping Waves Meditation 

Lake Meditation

Mountain Meditation