The end of the semester can be stressful for many students. While moderate stress is normal at this time of year – and can even help motivate and focus us on achieving our goals – too much stress can activate our “fight or flight” response and decrease our ability to function.
If you're struggling, support is available.
Here are some places to start:
- Stop by one of our "Let's Talk" locations to speak informally with a Cornell Health counselor. It's free, confidential, and available daily Monday–Friday.
- Connect with trained peer counselors through Cornell's EARS (Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service) program.
- Those living in university housing can connect with residential staff for support.
- The Learning Strategies Center can help with tutors or time management plans.
- More resources for emotional, academic, and social support are available on Cornell's Caring Community website.
Visit our Stress Management page for tips on managing stress, including five-minute stress busters. Some find that practicing brief self-guided meditations can help decrease stress and increase focus. Or you can stop by a Let's Meditate site if you're interested in guided mindfulness meditation (free and available daily, Monday–Friday).
Remember to prioritize self-care, especially when stress is high. Try to get enough sleep, eat well, and get in some exercise. Connect with others. Talk a short walk in nature. Allow yourself to take guilt-free 5- to 15-minute breaks to do something you enjoy ... or just to relax and do nothing. Avoid alcohol, since drinking can decrease sleep quality, focus, and energy.
If you have an urgent mental health concern – for yourself or for someone else – please call us at 607-255-5155 (available 24/7).