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Stress Management

WELLWVU offers several hands on programs and resources to help students reduce stress

According to a recent AP-mtvU poll, 85% of college students report feeling stressed daily. Simple activities that are easy to learn can dramatically change the way someone perceives stress.

Stress Management Programs

Visit the Program Request page to set up a chill program for your group.

1. Resilience through Self-Compassion

This workshop provides simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing stress or difficult emotions. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, participants gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into their daily lives. Learn how to stop being so hard on yourself and handle difficult emotions with greater ease. Motivate yourself and interact with others from a place of kindness rather than criticism.

2. Transforming Stress

As the semester responsibilities build, so can our stress. But did you know that how we view stress can impact our performance and overall health? Research shows that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. In other words, it's all in how you relate to your challenges. This workshop will walk you through identifying your areas of perceived stress, guide you through a mindfulness practice that can help you relate to and turn towards your stress in new ways, and use a reframing worksheet to articulate the new perspective shift you've created. This session will include a few slides, some guided exercises and time for Q&A at the end. Feel free to bring a journal or notepad, but a worksheet will be provided.

3. Mindfulness 101

Mindfulness - focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations - has been growing in popularity over the years and for good reason. In this workshop we will provide an overview of what mindfulness is, the different ways to approach mindfulness, and why you might want to put it into practice. You'll get to experience a basic mindfulness meditation exercise at the end so you can see for yourself!

4. Self-Care Planning

Everyone's needs and approach to self-care are unique. There is no one prescription to a healthy approach to life, but sometimes it is helpful to reflect on where we're at with our self-care behaviors and develop some new intentions. In this workshop we will use our WELLWVU wellness wheel to assess your different areas of self-care and identify what you might want to work on in the coming month(s). You will leave with accessible and measurable goals to work towards and the option to implement a buddy system to keep you on track.

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