Stress Management and Prevention

Stress can have a major impact on your grades, your relationships and your life as a college student. In fact, many students say stress is the main obstacle to their academic success. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed out, we can help.

On this page:

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

For Someone You Know
  • 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
  • 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

Find more advice in the Student Self-Care Manual.

Wellness Suite & Safe Zone: 114 Student Union

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Need someone to talk to? Want to relax? At the Wellness Suite, you can enjoy some free tea, color, use one of our massage chairs, meditate, and take advantage of other helpful resources. The Suite is also a Safe Zone for all members of the UB community, with staff available for consultations.

Attend a Stress-Relief Event

Recurring Events

Enjoy classes and workshops throughout the semester.


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Yoga & Meditation

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Signature Events

Take advantage of these unique opportunities.

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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, pick up a do-it-yourself workshop or host your own customized event.

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

Someone to talk to for mental health issues

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

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

University at Buffalo
202 Michael Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5800

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