A Guide to De-Stressing During Midterms

Midterms can be a tough part of the semester for many students, and an overwhelming workload can trigger a lot of stress. However, taking time to take care of yourself during times of stress is imperative, even when it feels impossible. Here are some resources related to self-care and stress relief:

Ithaca College Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): CAPS is an excellent resource if you’re concerned about managing stress or your mental health. You can make appointments over the phone or in person, but can also walk in every day during their crisis hours. Their website also has a number of mental health related resources. If you visit CAPS or the Center for Health Promotion (also in the basement of the Hammond Health Center), you’ll find massage chairs, light therapy lamps, and pamphlets about stress and a plethora of other health conditions.

5-Minute Meditation: If you feel like you can’t dedicate a long period of time to meditating (or worry you won’t be able to focus), try a short guided meditation like this one. Focusing on your breathing for a few minutes can clear your mind and re-energize you.

Yoga with Adriene: Yoga is great for stress relief, and this YouTube channel offers easy-to-follow videos for all levels and abilities. You can do them in the comfort of your own dorm or at the gym, and there are even specific routines to combat stress and anxiety.

Self-Care Tips from Therapists: This article talks about how some therapists approach self care. It can look different for everyone – it might mean spending time with friends, enjoying a hobby, or putting on some Netflix during a study break.

Take care of yourself this week and always, and remember – midterms will not define your college career. Good luck, and enjoy your weekend!