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 strategies:

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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Video Collection: Stress Management

Calming Belly Breathing

Learn how to kick in your body’s natural relaxation response in minutes

Viewing time: 11:45 minutes

Body Scan Meditation

Learn how to focus your attention on the sensations of your body to give your mind a break and feel more relaxed.

Viewing time: 14:24 minutes

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