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Stress Management

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 with stress management?

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. 

For more information on counseling support at WVU, visit

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