Outreach Recap: Stress Buster Carnival

Presented by CAPS, Active Minds, Psychology Club, and Tigers Together

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Stressing less is always best! 

In support of our friends for their Stress Buster Carnival at the Carillon Garden, we stopped by to discover what tips and activities are helpful for reducing stress.

This event was a great way for students to relax before finals, and consisted of coloring stations, snow cone machines, bracelet making, balloon animals, stress balls, and yoga. There were also handouts about mindful breathing, therapeutic suggestions, and also strategies for managing stress.

 

Below are suggestions from the “Strategies for Managing Stress” handout provided by CAPS:

 

Physical Strategies 

  1. Get adequate sleep daily (8 hours preferable).
  2. Eat a balanced diet.
  3. Engage in regular exercise (at least 30-minutes 3-4 times weekly).
  4. Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake.

 

Behavior Strategies 

  1. Breakdown large projects and tasks into more manageable parts.
  2. Create daily task lists and check off tasks as they are accomplished.
  3. Manage your time effectively by using a calendar to schedule study hours and specific times when you can work on tasks.
  4. Intentionally slow down your pace.
  5. Try to spend at least one hour of quiet/private time each day.
  6. Spend regular time socializing with friends and loved ones.
  7. Engage in activities that make you laugh.
  8. Engage in activities that you enjoy, greatly interest you, or which give you a sense of accomplishment.
  9. Look for opportunities to help and support others.
  10. Avoid symptom relieving self-indulgent behaviors such as over-eating, drinking, or using drugs.

 

Cognitive Strategies 

  1. Re-evaluate the importance you place on many of your sources of stress. Often we make things bigger than they really are.
  2. Use self-talk to help you change the messages you give to yourself.
  3. Think about stressful situations you have dealt with successfully in the past. Remind yourself that you were able to deal with them before .
  4. Think about how stress is affecting you mentally, emotionally and behaviorally, and what you may be doing to make the stress you are experiencing worse.
  5. Take time daily to think about and be thankful for the positive things in your life.
  6. Attempt to have a positive rather than pessimistic outlook.

 

Emotional Strategies 

  1. Learn to use relaxation, mental imagery techniques, and/or meditation daily to counter anxiety and other physiological based emotional reactions to stress.
  2. Practice calming yourself at the beginning of each day.
  3. Develop interpersonal relationships with family and friends who can provide support during times of stress.

 

Help Seeking Strategies 

  1. Talk with someone close to you who can best be of support to you.
  2. If you are having difficulty managing stress, you may want to talk with a counselor at the Counseling and Psychological Services center (CAPS). CAPS is located in the Redfern Health Center. Our phone phone number is (864) 656-2451. Brief walk-in appointments are available Monday through Friday from 10am-2:30pm. All full-time Clemson University students are entitled to 10 free individual sessions and unlimited group sessions per semester.
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