It’s normal to feel more stressed than usual at this time of year.
The good news is that there’s actually a LOT you can do to help keep your stress in check so you can function at your best.
Tips for managing stress
- Prioritize self-care: 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 focus, energy, and sleep quality.
- Get calm: The Cornell Calm app offers simple tools to help with anxiety, sleep, and overall well-being (and it’s free for anyone with a Cornell email address).
- Press pause: Check out Press Pause (developed by MTV and the Jed Foundation) for short videos, words of advice from other college students, and tools to help reduce anxiety, worry, and the feeling of being overwhelmed.
- Try five-minute stressbusters: Learn how deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization can relieve your stress within minutes.
- Meditate: Even two-five minutes of meditation can calm your mind and help you feel more focused and relaxed. Try guided meditation here, or stop by a free Let's Meditate session on campus. For more information and guided meditations, visit our Meditation page.
If you're struggling, help 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 you figure out how and what to study when preparing for final projects and exams, including putting together a time management "homestretch calendar" to get yourself organized.
- More resources for emotional, academic, and social support are available on Cornell's Caring Community website.
If you have an urgent mental health concern – for yourself or for someone else – please call us at 607-255-5155 (available 24/7).