Release Date: September 12, 2019
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Now that college students are back on campus, a University at Buffalo mental health counselor has an important message: Self-care is key to healthy stress management.
“Stress is a normal part of life and it can even be a positive force in your life,” said Carissa Uschold-Klepfer, assistant director for outreach in the UB Office of Counseling Services.
“Learning how to reduce and handle stress, including developing self-care habits, is critical, especially for college students who may be on their own for the first time,” she said.
She noted that self-care has five components: physical, mental/emotional, lifestyle, social support and spiritual.
She noted that resources, such as the UB School of Social Work Self-Care Starter Kit, may also be of value. “While this kit is geared to students and professionals in the helping professions, it is also valuable for anyone seeking to deal more effectively with stress,” she said.
Uschold-Klepfer added that UB’s Counseling Services offer to students a broad range of mental health and referral services, all designed to promote students’ personal well-being and academic success. The UB Counseling Team includes psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals who serve students at UB. More information is available at https://www.buffalo.edu/studentlife/who-we-are/departments/counseling.html.