What you can do while waiting for you’re an appointment
When a person is stressed or upset, it can feel difficult to wait for your appointment time. Here are some things you can do to manage during those times until a stressor passes, or until you can speak with your Counselor. You may find some or all of the following hints to be helpful in a time of stress:
- Exercise can help improve your mood. Start with light (even just a few minutes) or moderate exercise, and work up to approximately 30 minutes per day.
- Good nutrition will help build your strength for coping with difficult problems. Don’t skip meals and try to make nutritious food selections.
- Avoid alcohol and other drugs during times of distress. While these can give a sense of temporary relief, they can also cause a decline in mood, a decrease in sleep quality, and/or intensify other symptoms.
- Call or visit a friend, loved-one, or RA. Seek out positive people who will listen without judging or giving unwanted advice.
- Sleep – if you’re getting too little (less than approximately 6 hours) or too much (approximately more than 9 hours) sleep, this can increase stress, sadness, or even exacerbate headaches.
- Plan at least one pleasurable activity every day. Engage in activities which renew or inspire your heart, mind, and body.
- Try meditation, a relaxation exercise, or yoga. One example of a relaxation exercise is 10 minutes of slow, deep, diaphragmatic breathing.
- If faith is important to you, prayer and service attendance can also lift the spirits.
- Spend time in nature and seek out beauty. Find ways to accept yourself and forgive mistakes in your life.
- Time management and Organization– rushing around can increase stress. Try getting a planner. Make lists of things you want or need to accomplish and plan when you will do them. Remember to make it realistic and balanced; this means planning for fun and down-time as well as work!
- Keep to a routine of getting up, getting dressed, going to classes, etc., even if you don’t always feel like it. Sometimes just doing the routine or staying active can help you to feel better.
- Laugh! Watch a funny movie or TV show. Laughter can cause a chain reaction that lifts mood.
- Spending time with a pet
- Get involved in something meaningful that speaks to your values
- Help someone else with something small and manageable that they are struggling with.
There are many resources on the Internet and Web that are geared specifically to the needs of students. You may wish to check out some of the following sites. Holy Family University is not responsible for the content on these sites and does not claim to agree or disagree with any content or the accuracy of the content found on these sites.
Potential Self-Help Resources
Mindfulness, Relaxation, and Wellness Tools:
Black, Indiginous, and People Of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health
Grief, Trauma, and PTSD:
Lesbian, Gay, Transgender Questioning:
Mental Health Information:
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