You're not alone if you've been feeling stressed. 79.3% of TTU students reported experiencing moderate or high stress within the last 12 months (TTU RISE, ACHA Report, 2022). The first step in improving stress management is understanding what stress is and how it occurs.
|Signs include: Positive challenge, excitement, motivation, and enhancement
|Signs include: Negative threat, anxiety. procrastination, and diminution
|The Process of Stress
|Important upcoming exam
|Feeling of dread
There are many ways your body may show warning signs of stress. The following stress responses may indicate that you need to slow down and prioritize self-care.
|Lack of intimacy
|Lack of purpose
|Lack of creativity
|Loss of direction
|Change in appetite
|Less contact with loved ones
|Inability to get things done
|Loss of sense of humor
|Lowered sex drive
|Making many simple mistakes
How Do You Manage Stress?
Self-awareness is the key to stress management. Awareness is made of three interconnected components: Thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
|“I made bad choices, and I am stuck with them.”
|“I embrace the lessons I have gained from this experience.”
|“This is just who I am.”
|“I am always growing and adapting.”
|“I've got no one to turn to.”
|“I am worthy of support, and I welcome it into my life.”
|“I'm not good enough.”
|“I have the power to change my opinion of myself.”
How do you change your mindset? Affirmations, perspective and self-empathy, healthy coping mechanisms, and accountability all contribute to mindset shifts.
Labelling one's emotion as they feel it helps identify and shape the emotional experience.
Plutchik's Wheel of Emotion is a visualization of the complexity of emotions and aids emotional identification. The Emotion Wheel can be used as a tool for labelling, self-awareness, emotional regulation and literacy, communication, and understanding others. Emotions further from the center represent milder intensity. Emotions that are close are more similar than those farther apart. The words outside of the slices are common blends of emotion. Learn more by watching this quick video.
Tips for practicing empathy
- Feeling what someone else feels
- Actively listening
- Not judging
- Seeking to understand/connect
- Discovering their perspective
- Acknowledging everyone's feelings
- Comes from a place of curiosity
Coping Mechanisms: The Process
- Identify cause of feeling (e.g., a heated argument with a friend)
- Determine feeling (e.g., feeling of frustration)
- Feel, process, and release emotion (e.g., venting to someone you trust)
- Assess (e.g., was it useful, safe, and healthy? Did you process or avoid?)
47.2% of TTU students in 2022 reported getting less than 7 hours of sleep regularly. Adults need about 7-9 hours of daily sleep for proper cognitive and behavioral function.
If you're not sleeping well, you're more prone to physical changes in your nervous system. Meaning that lack of sleep can contribute to heightened stress and anxiety.
Are you or someone you know experiencing suicidal thoughts? Read about suicide prevention.
RISE operates with the knowledge that there are many facets of well-being. These facets, or dimensions of wellness, are intertwined and impact one another.
Through evaluation of these various dimensions, individuals can best understand what specific areas of life may need a bit more energy and attention, while also seeing which areas are flourishing. Take the short quiz to evaluate your dimensions of wellness. These eight dimensions are like spokes on a wheel in which an imbalance in one makes it much more challenging for the wheel to roll effectively.
|Comprehensive fitness, leisure, and wellness area. Provides free fitness classes, intramural sports, sport clubs, massage therapy, weight rooms, and cardiovascular equipment.
|Student Health Services
|Provides students with healthcare needs from Urgent Care to a Full-Service Pharmacy.
|Raider Recharge is a voluntary, one-on-one wellness coaching program free to all TTU students. This meeting is individualized to meet the needs of the student and focuses on personal growth through discussion, self-reflection, and interactive activities.
|Student Counseling Center
|Licensed mental health care providers offer individual, couple, and group counseling, or students can independently care for themselves at the MindSpa.
|Family Therapy Clinic
|Provides affordable therapy to individuals, couples, and families. Offers caring and confidential therapeutic services to address a wide range of issues.
|Offers a broad range of affordable mental health services, which include individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, and group therapy. The Psychology Clinic also offers psychological and vocational assessment and testing.
|Center for Campus Life
|Offers a variety of ways for students to get involved at TTU, such as joining a student organization, volunteering, attending workshops, and more.
|Student Activities Board
|The Student Activities Board offers free events to students with a TTU student ID.
|Offers a comfortable place to practice meditation, reflection, guided imagery, affirmations, and yoga.
|The Learning Center
|Provides students with free peer tutoring in many academic subjects.
|Offers free, peer-led review sessions for historically difficult courses.
|Provides opportunities to explore majors, refine academic and career goals, and facilitate your academic success.
|Offers online access to online journals, books, and databases. Also provides individual study spaces and computers.
|University Writing Center
|Provides in-person and virtual appointments to help undergraduate and graduate students with resumes, research, and writing assignments.
|Outdoor Pursuits Center
|Offers exciting trips and challenges from bike rides to hikes.
|Provides open spaces for sports, walking, and outdoor exercise.
|Raider Red's Food Pantry
|Provides students with short-term access to supplemental food and connects students with resources on and off campus to support student wellness.
|Student Business Services
|Allows students to make payments, estimate tuition, and access benefits and loans.
|Red to Black Peer Financial Coaching
|Provides financial education and awareness to students by covering topics like spending plans, building and using credit wisely, and maximizing financial aid.