5 steps to deal with a stressful moment

Monday, February 24, 2020 5 steps to deal with a stressful moment

When you find yourself stressed out about upcoming tests, your job, or an assignment you haven’t even started, remember stress is a natural part of life and you will encounter it from time to time. Some stressful situations are unavoidable, yet others can be minimized, and it takes a shift in perception to help you to handle them effectively.

Simple steps to help minimize stress in the moment:
  1. Stop what you are doing.
  2. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that this feeling is temporary.
  3. Write a list of the things/tasks you have to do.
  4. Assess the items you wrote and set your priorities.
  5. Take action.

If stress continues to intensify and is happening more frequently, be proactive and use campus resources to help you. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a professionally-trained team of psychologists and counselors who work with Nebraska students to help them explore their feelings and thoughts and learn helpful ways to improve their mental and emotional well-being when issues arise.

  • Visit the CAPS office in University Health Center, Suite 223. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
  • Schedule a personal appointment by phone at 402-472-7450 (appointments can be made only by phone or in-person).

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