Fighting Stress

MeidtationAccording to the Fall 2011 American College Health Assessment Survey, 33 percent of Arcadia students experienced stress significant enough to impact their academic performance.
 

Healthy Ways to Relax and Unwind

Arcadia University's Counseling Services staff are always willing to help you identify ways to reduce stress.  In addition, here are some simple ways to fight stress on your own:

  • Go for a walk
  • Spend time in nature
  • Call a good friend
  • Sweat out tension with a good workout
  • Write in your journal
  • Take a long bath
  • Aromatherapy
  • Savor a warm cup of coffee or tea
  • Play with a pet
  • Work in your garden
  • Get a massage
  • Curl up with a good book
  • Listen to music
  • Watch a comedy

Unhealthy Coping Strategies

These coping strategies may temporarily reduce stress, but they cause more damage in the long run:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking too much
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Zoning out for hours in front of the TV or computer
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and activities
  • Using pills or drugs to relax
  • Sleeping too much
  • Procrastinating
  • Filling up every minute of the day to avoid facing problems
  • Taking out your stress on others (lashing out, angry outbursts, physical violence)

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For an Emergency:
Dial Ext. 2999 or
215-572-2999

Location: 
Heinz Hall, Ground Floor

Phone: 215-572-2967