Mardi Gras is over, and whether your holiday break was filled with excitement or with rest and relaxation, returning to school can be difficult, especially with mid-terms approaching. Getting back into a routine can evoke anxiety and stress. This may seem inevitable, but there are ways to manage your anxiety and make the transition go a little more smoothly so that you can more appropriately and effectively prepare for those mid-term exams.

1. Prioritize sleep. Getting enough sleep is crucial for your health and mental health, overall.

2. Learn to say “no”. If you feel like you often take on more than you can handle, think about taking certain things off of your plate. Make sure that your needs take precedence.

3. Exercise regularly and eat healthy foods. This includes drinking enough water. Making this a part of your routine can relieve anxiety and make you feel refreshed.

4. Do something for YOU. Do you love to draw? Read? Do yoga? Make time for the thing that you love, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed.

5. Talk to someone. Call a friend, a family member, a counselor – or come to the UCC Anxiety Management Groups! Talking about your worries and anxieties out loud can often make them seem more manageable.

If you would like more information on managing your anxiety, join the University Counseling Center for FREE anxiety workshops. All groups meet from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in Marquette 112.

The March schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, 03/09/16 Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Asia Wong, LMSW
Wednesday, 03/16/16 Rewiring Your Anxious Brain Alicia Bourque, PhD
Wednesday, 03/30/16 Progressive Muscle Relaxation Erin Shapiro, LPC
Wednesday, 04/06/16 Self-Care and Stress Management Gil Lerma, LPC
Thursday, 04/21/16 Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Asia Wong, LMSW
Thursday, 04/28/16 Rewiring Your Anxious Brain Alicia Bourque, PhD
Thursday, 05/05/16 Progressive Muscle Relaxation Erin Shapiro, LPC
Thursday, 05/12/16 Self-Care and Stress Management Gil Lerma, LPC

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