Texas Community Colleges

Stress Awareness Month April 2020

As if on cue, April arrived heralding "Stress Awareness Month." How apropos!
Western Texas College cares about your wellbeing, especially during this COVID-19 Crisis.
Even positive stress, i.e. a vacation, getting married or moving can affect you negatively. On the other hand, if your only exercise is jumping to conclusions, perhaps the following five ways to reduce or minimize the effect of stress on your life and health will be of benefit.
Five Ways to Reduce or Minimize the Effect of Stress on Your Life and Health
1. Go for a walk
Not only is exercise good for your health, but it is also great for reducing stress. Find a way to incorporate exercise into your daily life; your mind and body will thank you for it.

2. Write It Down
Another great way to handle stress is to write things down. Listing all the things you’re grateful for or keeping a journal of your thoughts and feelings can help reduce stress.

3. Listen to Music
Music can induce calm and leave you feeling relaxed. It doesn’t matter what type of music it is, as long as you enjoy it.
4. Do Things That Make You Happy
Do one small thing a day for you! Read, cook, paint, call a friend; just do something that puts you in a positive move.
5. Disconnect
Technology itself can be stress-provoking. From time to time, try to disconnect. Put the phone down, walk away from the computer and turn off the television. Getting some fresh air and taking time for yourself can work wonders. 
And to help you finish this semester on a stress less high note, here are some tips to help you power through:

  • Set up a comfortable, organized study area 
  • Reach out to your classmates & instructors - you are not alone!
  • Structure your day just like you were attending classes on campus
  • Contact support@wtc.edu when you need assistance
  • Take 1 week at a time. Only 6 weeks to go!
Other Resources
By Phone

Texas COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line ------ 833-986-1919 
Online Resources 
The 60 Second Tranquilizer
Top 10 Stress-Busting Tips
Top 10 Key Steps to Stress-Free Living

How to Identify Stress
The Stress Questionnaire
How Important is Your Worry?
The Wheel of Life
Stress and Coping
5 Things You Should Know About Stress 
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