Stress Management and Prevention

Stress can have a major impact on your grades, your relationships and your life as a college student. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed out, we can help.

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Signs of Stress

Do you get headaches? Are you biting your nails, feeling irritable or having a hard time sleeping? Maybe it’s hard for you to concentrate, or you feel anxious. These are all signs that you may be stressed.

Managing Your Stress

Stress is a normal reaction. Many times, you can’t avoid it. But you can often lower your stress levels just by taking better care of your body and mind.

What You Can Do

For Yourself

  • Structure your time
  • Have healthy snacks
  • Eat regularly
  • Limit your caffeine
  • Seek support from friends and family
  • Set realistic goals
  • Become active
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Unplug from electronic devices
  • Utilize self-care stratgies:

For Someone Else

  • Listen to them
  • Don’t take their negative feelings personally
  • Offer assistance even if they haven’t asked
  • Give them space or privacy if needed
  • Reassure them that feeling stressed is not uncommon

Attend a Stress-Relief Event

Signature Events

Take advantage of these unique opportunities.

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Yoga and Meditation

Enjoy classes and workshops throughout the semester.

Yoga & Meditation

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Canine Cuddles

Doggy de-stressor opportunities.

Dog Therapy

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About Yoga Wellness Classes

Want to relax, relieve stress and improve your flexibility? Consider taking one of our free yoga classes, which are open to all students — regardless of your level of experience.

Yoga for Student Livinig

This yoga class introduces movements, meditation approaches and breath awareness to maintain overall wellness.

Feel Your Yoga

While this is not a fitness class, we will test our limits. This yoga class is designed to raise your heart rate and wind down to an active rest.

About Meditation Classes and Groups

Meditation programs can help you better manage stress and lead a healthier life.

Weekly Meditation Group

Meditation can reduce stress, improve sleep, and help focus the mind. Attending a meditation group can reinforce your desire to practice meditation daily and help you to expand your skills. It also can connect you with other students who are interested in mindfulness practices. All experience levels are welcome. This group is offered weekly. Drop-in when you can.

Meditation in Motion

Do you want to meditate, but have a tough time sitting still? Learn meditation techniques using movement and other brief, creative strategies. All experience levels are welcome, but no experience is necessary. Come every week or drop-in when you can.

Mindfulness and Meditation Classes and Retreat Days

Students who practice mindfulness and meditation are less-stressed, sleep better, and have more self-compassion. During our 4-session course students learn the fundamentals of mindfulness and different techniques, such as belly breathing, body scan, guided imagery and labeling thoughts, to practice mindfulness every day. During class check-in time, students also get support regarding their personal meditation practice.

Opportunities to Practice Mindfulness and Meditation

Choose from the four-session course, a four-hour retreat day program or both.

You must register in advance for the four-session course. We will not be offering a four-hour retreat for the Fall 2020 Semester.

Register for a Four-Session Course

To register for a four-session course, please complete and submit the registration information; you will need to attend all four classes in order to participate in this course. The course is designed for 12-15 students. You will be emailed to confirm your registration before the first class. If the class is filled, we will inform you when the class is offered again in the future.

Mindfulness Class 1: No pre-requsite required

Mindfulness Class 2: You must successfully complete class 1 to register for class 2

(Requires UBITName and password)

Plan a Stress-Relief Event

If you’re a Resident Advisor, part of a student organization or other member of the UB community, you can request a facilitated workshop, or host your own customized event with guidance from our Stress Reduction Team.

Talk to Someone About Your Stress

Talking to someone else about your stress can often help you feel better. Whether you’re texting with a friend or family member, talking with your Resident Advisor (RA) or Community Advisor (CA), or meeting confidentially with an on-campus professional, there’s always someone who will listen.

Need Help?

Preventative health and wellness education

Health Promotion

Student Life

University at Buffalo
114 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2837; Fax: (716) 645-6234

Short-term on campus mental health support

University at Buffalo
120 Richmond Quadrangle, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261

Phone: (716) 645-2720; Fax: (716) 645-2175

Primary, non-emergency medical care

Health Services

Student Life

University at Buffalo
Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3316; Fax: (716) 829-2564

Additional Resources