Stress Management

Stress is a normal response to change and actually can help us at times. The key is not to try to remove stress from your life but to learn an appropriate level of stress and the skills to manage that stress in your daily life.

To can be difficult to recognize what is an appropriate, healthy level of stress. Ask yourself these questions to determine if your level of stress is appropriate or should be managed through other resources. Make an appointment if you are feeling too much stress.

  • Is your response to current challenges consistent with your typical response to stress?
  • How much are stressful emotions interfering with life (for example, going to classes, socializing, taking care of yourself)?
  • How long-lasting and chronic are your negative feelings?
  • Are you repeating the same or worsening negative thoughts and fears?
  • Are you connecting to people on campus (not just friends from home or other virtual connections)?
  • Are you taking realistic and productive steps to limit stress?
  • Are you using unhelpful coping behaviors such as drinking alcohol excessively or using illegal drugs? — This can be a sign of self-medicating.
  • Are you in avoidance mode, not dealing with reality, or maybe covering up the truth? Simple routines make a significant difference. Try to get “back to the basics.” Sleep and eat in ways that are healthy for you.

Programs

Additional Resources

  • Students can access resources, including specific concern topics, via my.denison.edu
  • In a mental health emergency, you may call The Wellness Center at Whisler Hall at 740-587-6200, or use the online resources below:

Contact Us

Phone
Fax
833-255-1347

Please call 740-587-6200 and press #1 to schedule an appointment with a member of our medical or behavioral staff

*Given demand for student appointments, we ask that you cancel any appointment you are unable to attend.

Counseling “Walk-in Hour”:

No appointment necessary
Monday through Friday
11:30 am - 12:30 pm.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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