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.
But if you need extra support, help is available 24/7. Please see below for details.
"Final stretch" workshops
Stop by one of our new CAPS-led workshop to learn ways to take care of yourself while doing the best you can through finals.
Workshops are free and open to all – no registration required.
Workshop schedule (see workshop descriptions below)
|Let's Meditate||Monday, 11/26||12:15-12:45||Cornell Health, Room 127D|
|Coping 101||Wednesday, 11/28||2:00-3:00||Cornell Health, Room 127D|
|Let's Meditate||Thursday, 11/29||12:15-12:45||Cornell Health, Room 127B|
|Cultivating Stress Reduction||Thursday, 11/29||5:00-6:30||Cornell Health, Room 127C|
|Survival Guide to Finals||Saturday, 12/1||10:30-12:00||Cornell Health, Room 127D|
|Let's Meditate||Monday, 12/3||12:15-12:45||Cornell Health, Room 127D|
|Easing Your Stress Mindfully||Monday, 12/3||5:00-6:30||Cornell Health, Room 127A|
|Coping 101||Wednesday, 12/5||3:30-5:00||Cornell Health, Room 127C|
|Let's Meditate||Thursday, 12/6||12:15-12:45||Cornell Health, Room 127B|
|Survival Guide to Finals||Saturday, 12/8||10:30-12:00||Cornell Health, Room 127A|
|Let's Meditate||Monday, 12/10||12:15-12:45||Cornell Health, Room 616|
|Easing Your Stress Mindfully||Monday, 12/10||4:30-6:00||Cornell Health, Room 616|
|Coping 101||Tuesday, 12/11||11:45-1:00||Cornell Health, Room 501|
|Let's Meditate||Thursday, 12/13||12:15-12:45||Cornell Health, Room 127B|
Tips, techniques, and tools to manage when life feels overwhelming. This workshop will offer a variety of basic instruction and practices to assist with anxiety management, stress reduction, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. Facilitated by Travis Winter, LCSWR, CAPS counselor.
Cultivating Stress Reduction
Learn strategies to ease stress and anxiety and increase self-care, including relaxation techniques and guided meditation. Facilitated by Jessica Conner, PsyD, Behavioral Health Consultant.
Easing Your Stress Mindfully: Breathing Through Finals
Learn breathing exercises and mindfulness strategies to relieve stress in the mind and body. Facilitated by Maurice Haltom, LCSWR, CAPS counselor.
Take a half-hour break for guided mindfulness meditation focused on stress reduction. (See the whole Let's Meditate schedule). Facilitated by Eve Abrams, LCSWR, CAPS counselor, and Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, MA, Mental Health Promotion Program Director.
Survival Guide to Finals
Time management tips, study skills, ways to balance stress while studying, and important self-care strategies. Facilitated by Jessica Conner, PsyD, Behavioral Health Consultant.
Tips for managing stress
- Prioritize self-care: Try to get enough sleep, eat well, and get in some exercise. Connect with others. Take 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.
- 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 stress-busters: 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.
- Speak with your academic advisors and professors if you anticipate difficulty meeting deadlines.
- 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):
- During business hours – Press 2 to reach a Cornell Health counselor
- When we're closed – Press 2 to be connected with a trained mental health provider from our on-call service, who can talk to you about your concerns and (if appropriate) refer you to other Cornell and Ithaca resources