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.
- 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.
CAPS-led end-of-semester workshops
Stop by one of our CAPS-led "Final Stretch" workshops to learn ways to prepare for finals, and manage end-of-semester stress and test anxiety.
Workshops are free and open to all – no registration required – and are offered at Cornell Health between December 2 and 12.
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.
Be sure to speak with your academic advisors or professors if you need extra help, or anticipate difficulty meeting deadlines.
If you're struggling, help is available
Here are some places to start:
- Call us 24/7 to speak with a licensed therapist from ProtoCall, our on-call support team of mental health professionals (607-255-5155, #2).
- 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.
- More resources for emotional, academic, and social support are available on Cornell's Caring Community website.