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Stress Management


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Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? If so, know that you are not alone. It is common for college students to experience stress. We are here for you at WELLWVU and have several tips to help reduce your stress levels.

What is stress?

Stress is a normal reaction that your mind and body experience when you are faced with changes in life. Stress often results from feeling like you are unable to handle or cope with these life changes.

What causes stress?

Whether you are adjusting to a new college environment, or taking several challenging classes, there are several things that can contribute to your stress level. However, there is not one specific thing that causes stress. Everyone responds to situations differently, so it is normal for you to have a different stress response than a friend or classmate. It is helpful to reflect on the things in your life that increase your stress.

Stress can not be avoided - but it can be managed.

How can I manage my stress?

Similar to how everyone responds to stressful situations differently, they also react to stress management techniques differently. Unfortunately, there is not a secret recipe for how to get relief from stress—it is about finding what works for you!

Don't get discouraged if you try a stress management technique and you still feel stressed afterwards. All that means is you have not found what works for you yet. Check out our virtual stress management tools for more ideas!

How do I know if I need help?

You are not alone! While stress management techniques can be helpful for some people, it is also common to need additional support to help manage your stress. If you notice your stress start to have a negative impact on your life, and stress management techniques just aren’t doing the trick, consider reaching out to a friend, advisor, or counselor for support.

Managing Your Stress As A Student

Learn techniques for improving your mental and emotional wellness.

Time Management

College students have a lot to balance. Learn how you can manage your time more effectively to lower your stress levels.


WELLWVU's ChillPACK is a month-long wellness challenge offering daily tips/tools for improving your overall well-being.


Movement and exercise are great for managing stress. See how you can incorporate more movement in your day and feel better.


Fueling your body with the nutrients it needs is so important for wellness. Learn about how you can improve your nutrition.


Rest and recovery are crucial to wellness. Find ways to improve your sleep quality and lower your stress levels.

Stress Management Tools

Find resources for managing stress and improving your quality of life. College isn't easy, we're here to help you lighten the load.

Carruth Center Programs

Getting help with your mental and emotional help can mean a world of difference in how you experience life. See how these programs can help you cope with daily stressors.


Find Counseling Through Carruth

The Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services is available to support all members of the WVU community through a variety of life changes. Faculty, staff and students can schedule counseling services by visiting their website.

Visit the Carruth Center Website

Stress Management WellCasts

In this featured WELLCast you'll learn strategies for getting better sleep. Watch other stress management educational videos from the WELLWVU team by visiting their YouTube Channel linked below.

Visit the WELLWVU YouTube Channel

External Resources

For more information about stress management, and general wellness, visit these helpful outside resources.