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Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backward (Dr. Luke Seaward)

Stress often brings emotional, physical, and mental responses for individuals when experiencing change. According to the 2023 American College Health Assessment (ACHA) National College Health Assessment (NCHA) results, Illinois State University students identified stress as having the 2nd biggest negative impact on their academic performance (procrastination was number one). According to the 2023 ACHA National Faculty Staff Health Assessment (NFSHA), about 47% of Illinois State faculty/staff had difficulty coping with stress in the last year.

PAWSitively Stress Free

Ways to Reduce Negative Impacts of Stress

  • Feeling a bit down? Check out a light therapy lamp from Milner Library at the 2nd floor Circulation Desk. The Verilux HappyLight Energy Lamp provides up to 10,000 LUX of bright natural spectrum light to lift spirits, sharpen concentration, and improve energy levels. Light Therapy Lamps

  • Practice mindfulness and meditation. Learn how by taking one of our free Koru Mindfulness classes (see class schedule on the right). Classes are taught by certified instructors using an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in helping to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, mental focus and overall well-being.
  • Focusing on the breath can make a difference!
  • SLEEP - Commit to 7 - 9 hours each night
  • Spend time practicing self-compassion. You are worth it.
  • Find time to connect with your friends and loved ones even though we are physically farther away.
  • Ergonomic Guidance while doing Remote Work and Virtual Coursework
  • Physical Activity reduces tension and supports better sleep patterns. Join the Balanced Bellies and Backs fitness class. Held each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays at 12:15 pm via Zoom.
  • Healthy eating lays the foundation for lower stress levels. Guidance is at your finger tips when you request a nutrition consultation - free for students, staff, retirees, and faculty of ISU.
  • Focus your energy on situations you can influence, reframe perspectives about things you cannot change. Visit The Very Well Mind for resources to promote mental well-being.
  • Lean on friends and/or family who are supportive. If stressors become too much to handle, contact Student Counseling Services; faculty and staff may contact the Employee Assistance Program (866) 659-3848 (24/7 availability) or their healthcare provider for help.
  • Visit our Mindfulness page and learn more about Mindfulness and Meditation programs offered by the Health Promotion and Wellness department.