Feeling Overwhelmed? Simple Steps That Can Help!

By University of Windsor Modified on March 13, 2018

How to develop a Coping Plan to have your stress level under control.

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The last month of the semester can feel overwhelming for many students. Projects, exams, and other responsibilities can create a whirlwind of stress and pressure. While it’s normal to feel stress, too much of it can be… well, too much. So what can you do when things get tough?

Tune In: Check in with how you’re feeling. Sounds simple, but we often get so swept up in external demands that we forget about ourselves! Noticing how you feel and validating your emotions is the first step to finding ways to cope. Ask, “What can I do right now that will help?”

Develop a Coping Plan:

  • Breathe. Slow, deep breaths. It will help calm your body and bring you out of that high stress state.
  • Talk it out. Family, friends, counsellors, helplines. Reach out to someone you can trust and share what’s on your mind. Here for You: Student Counselling Centre, Peer Support Centre, Good2Talk (1-866-925-5454)
  • Endorphins, anyone? Exercise is a huge stress buster and helps elevate mood. Take time to do something you enjoy. Here for You: Lancer Recreation
  • Get serious about sleep. It’s hard to cope when you’re exhausted. If you’re having trouble sleeping, visit or talk to your healthcare provider. Here for You: Student Health Services
  • Fuel up. Good nutrition is key to stress management. Learn more here: Here for You: Campus Food Pantry
  • Build skills: Learning time management and study skills can help you feel more in control of academic demands. Here for You: S.T.E.P.S.

Reach Out: You don’t have to do this alone! At UWindsor, there are many services students can access for support. To learn more about the resources italicized above, visit student support services. If you are not a student here, similar services are available at your institution – don’t hesitate to seek them out!