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How do you cope with stress?

If something is difficult and you don’t understand it, don’t push it. Take a break, take a walk, spend some time by yourself, and give your brain a break. Seriously, trying to force your-self to learn something that isn’t clicking is worse than just taking a little extra time to meditate on it. –Daryn Cazin ‘15
Don’t be afraid to go to your professors and ask them for help or tell them that you do not understand they are here to help you and they want you to succeed.-Ashton Linkenhoker ‘13

I am not good at dealing with stress, but I am getting better. Recently I’ve just started to cut more time out for myself during the day to relax and I’ve been getting out more hanging out with friends instead of staying in the room all the time doing work it has helped me a lot- Jaelynn Bennett

Stay hydrated! Studies show that when you’re stressed your body needs twice as much water as you would regularly need! –Ebony Dixon

Spend time consciously breathing at least once a day. Breathe in through your nose, fill your lungs with air, and then breathe it out through your mouth. Let the moment remind your that your breathe is truly a gift of life, one that is often taken for granted, especially when we are stressed. –Dr. Low Chaplain and Professor of Religious Studies

Take care of oneself by getting enough sleep, food/water, exercise, and a reasonable amount of social time. –Dr. Allison Professor of Biology

Build a reward into the work. If you like to be outside, find “your” place to read texts weather permitting. If you enjoy a can of Pepsi, save it until you’re half way through with your paper or study session; then sip it, make it last until the task is over. No social media/TV/BSing/etc. until it is done. Sleep. It acts as a rest button on each day’s trails. You’re better off emotionally, physically, spiritually with a regular regimen of sleep. Eight or more hours keeps you in the game. Tune out most media. Consider carefully what you’re feeding your mind, as well as the food that powers your brain. Do you want to become the messages you take in? Cumulatively, they affect us. Junk media distractions us from vital life aims. Most media can be justifiable compared to junk food—okay in moderation, terrible as a steady diet. It dumbs us down while encouraging drama queen/king thinking. Lift weights and count your breaths to ten, start again, walk/run/cycle/etc counting to ten, repeat. Throw a ball at a wall, at a hoop, etc. Use the power of ten to focus on being the action, whatever works for you that requires repetitive motion. Focus on breathing to ten and discard all of the other thinking as many times as it takes, it takes a lifetime. Pray or meditate to the power of ten at least ten minutes a day, fifteen is better, twenty is twice as good, etc. –Dr. Dorries Professor of Communications

According to top neuroscientist the biggest factor in academic achievement is sleep! Studies have shown that sufficient sleep enhances performance from one day to the next (this is called consolidation); and that inadequate sleep is related to much smaller increases in learning and even deficits in performance. Research reported in 2011 volume. Academically Adrift, indicates that students who see their professors outside of class are more successful in college. We can’t claim a causal relationship here, but visiting your professors during office hours certainly can’t hurt! You might even invite a professor for coffee or to have lunch with you, or get really nuts and organize a monthly “tea” or “coffee” at the Spencer Center for faculty in your major department and a few students. – Dr. Macalister Professor of Life-Span Developmental Psychologist