Taming College Stress

Identify Your Stressors


  • Poor grades, falling behind, intimidated by professor


  • Homesickness
  • Relationship issues with friend, significant other, family

Out of Balance

  • Struggle with time-management, procrastination, prioritizing
  • Poor sleep and eating schedule


  • family or life stress (medical, financial)

Keys to Managing Stress

Take control:

  • Set realistic goals, make a plan that is balanced.

Get support:

  • Talk to friends, family and use campus resources.

Take care of yourself:

  • Exercising, sleeping and eating well will help counteract insomnia, tension and fatigue.
  • Include relaxation and fun in your schedule to help keep you in balance.
  • Meditation, prayer, yoga, progressive relaxation or imagery can help with anxiety and worry.
  • Recognize when your thoughts are negative and replace them with positive ones.

UNC Resources to Help Reduce Stress

Campus RecreationCheck out the wide range of fitness classes, intramural sports and clubs, and outdoor recreation activities

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Walk-in Hours: M-F  9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm.

Check out these links from CAPS:

Download PDF: Taming College Stress

REMEMBER: The UNC Learning Center is a great resource! Both Peer Tutoring and Academic Coaching can help you create a balanced approach to succeeding at Carolina. Our friendly staff is ready to help – drop by or make an appointment!

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