Stress Management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. To identify your true sources of stress, look closely at your habits, attitudes, and decision making. Some stressors are difficult to identify. We have identified a few common stressors that students tend to encounter below. However, we recommend starting a Stress Journal to identify patterns and common themes that are specific to you.
Common Student Stressors*Academic Deadlines - With the intensity of the UChicago academic
quarter, many course deadlines can fall on the same day. We suggest
focusing on time management methods to assist in managing
this stressor as well as cognitive restructuring to manage your
Financial Obligations - Balancing money and school loans can be
extremely stressful. Managing money takes practice, alter the situation
by taking control of your finances and getting help if needed.
Friendships - At UChicago you will most likely redefine values and
grow as a person, and so will your friends and the quality of your
friendships. Cultivating quality friendships takes time as well as tensions
may arise from other university stressors. When these situations occur,
we recommend cognitive restructuring and looking at
the situation or your reaction closely.
Once you identify what a stressor is and how you currently cope, you will have a better chance at addressing it. From there, you can find a management tool that would best prevent, reduce, or cope with that stressor in a healthy way.
We welcome you to explore the different stress management methods and coping strategies below. Additionally, you can visit our Stress Relief and UChicago Stress Events & Services’ pages to discover healthy ways to relax and recharge on and off campus.
Stress Management & Coping StrategiesChange The Situation or Your Reaction
Efficient Time Management
Create a Stress SMART Goal
Adopt Healthy Lifestyle Choices
For more individual help with stress and other related concerns you can talk to a UChicago counselor at the Student Counseling Service.
*This list is not exhaustive, and stress management methods may differ depending on the person.