Stress is an inevitable part of life; it can take a toll on students’ physical health, emotional wellbeing, and academic success unless they learn to manage it appropriately. College students experience stress related to changes in lifestyle, increased workload, new responsibilities, and interpersonal relationships.1 Extreme levels of stress can hinder work effectiveness and lead to poor academic performance and attrition.2 College students who experienced stressful life events also reported worse health outcomes and reduced quality of life.3 Introducing successful coping strategies may help students avoid the destructive consequences of excessive stress.
This page is intended to be a resource containing suggestions for what you can do to help decrease the negative impact of stress among NYU students.
• Promote relaxation, stress-management and self-care opportunities within your organizations and at events. There are a lot of fun, free opportunities and resources to help students relax and de-stress within and outside of the university community. Check out the Stress Resource Guide and LiveWellNYU.com for a listing of upcoming opportunities and events.
o Start your weekly meetings with “Highs and Lows” to remind each other of funny events or stories from the week and relax before tending to your organization’s business
o Encourage members to post a daily inspirational quote or joke to your club or organization’s Facebook group, twitter account, blog, or listserv as an easy way to reduce members’ stress.
o Encourage students take to advantage of stress reduction opportunities within and outside of the university community. Techniques such as meditation,25 biofeedback,26 and mindfulness27 have been shown to reduce stress among students.
o Recommend that students create a schedule in order to prioritize tasks. Poor planning is a common cause of excessive stress among students. Students who see themselves as being in control of their time, a feature indicative of good time management, report experiencing less negative characteristics related to stress. Practice with time management can lead to better study habits, improved learning, and overall increased productivity.
o Plan study breaks for your friends, peers, or members of your organization. Consider co-organizing a de-stress event within your Hall Council or student government.
• Host a free Stressbusters event. Free backrubs sponsored by the Health Promotion Office! Request Stressbusters for your next event, class, program, meeting or special occasion. Learn about upcoming Stressbusters events by joining their listserv.
• Help connect students to resources. Advise students to consult university academic support services such as the Academic Resource Center, the Writing Center, or the University Learning Center. Tutorial support can safeguard students from the consequences of stress. Your willingness to speak openly and positively about supportive services could help eliminate perceived stigma or shame for some students needing help.
• Host free or very low-cost events. Financial resources can be a major source of stress for students. Check out the NYU Money Management Resources page for tips and resources to help students have fun while staying on a budget. Also visit LiveWell NYU.com for a listing of upcoming free or low-cost opportunities and events.