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Stress Relief & Intellectual Wellness

Welcome! Here are some ideas to relieve stress and help you relax throughout the term, provided by the Drexel University Libraries.

Welcome to Drexel Libraries' Virtual Stress Relief Guide

Stressed about exams? We get it, and we're here to help. Studying is important,
but so is taking a break to refresh and refocus your mind.

Whether it's connecting you to meditation resources and origami tutorials, printable coloring pages, online puzzles, or tips for self-care, you can find a way to relax and get stuff done with the Drexel Libraries. Please enjoy this resource guide full of activities and information to help you unwind and take a brain break whenever you need one.

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Tips for Managing Stress

College is stressful--and it's important to take some time to relax and manage your stress levels. Thankfully, there are several ways to manage stress (courtesy of the National Institute of Mental Health):

  1. Be observant: Recognize your body's response to stress (difficulty sleeping, increased use of alcohol and other substances, irritability, depression, low energy, etc.)
     
  2. Try to relax: Explore different activities designed to decrease stress and support mindfulness, wellness, and mental health (see: the Relaxation & Mindfulness section of this guide).
     
  3. Set reasonable goals: Decide what tasks need your immediate attention, and which can wait for later. Learning when to say "no" when you're feeling overwhelmed is a key step to managing and reducing stress.
     
  4. Stay connected: Remember that you are not alone. Reaching out to others for emotional support works to mutually benefit yourself and those around you.
     
  5. Devote time to your hobbies: Rome wasn't built in one day - so, don't feel like you have to tackle all of your tasks in one day. It's important to set aside time for activities outside of schoolwork, such as listening to music, playing games, cooking a meal, or reading a book.