SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS FOR STRESSFUL CIRCUMSTANCES
When you are feeling stressed, try one (or all) of these 3 simple strategies.
Take a deep breath. Go ahead, take a deep breath right now. Doesn’t that feel better? Deep breathing lowers your heart rate, increases oxygen to your brain and triggers a relaxation response all over your body. Deep breathing can lower your stress levels and elevate your mood.
Have a snack. When you’re busy it can be hard to find time to eat. But if you make it a priority to eat a snack every few hours and drink plenty of water, it will keep your blood sugar up, improve your brain function and energy levels, and make it easier to get periods of stress.
Be kind to yourself. According to one theory on human development, we have learned to focus heavily on negative things as a survival mechanism. We need to unlearn this response in many situations because it creates stress and anxiety. By recognizing your successes and reminding yourself that you’re doing your best, you’ll actually feel less stressed.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GET YOUR FREE FLU SHOT
Don't let the flu get you down. Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from getting sick. The flu vaccine offers you protection all season long.
If you missed getting your flu shot at the clinics in October, you can still get your FREE vaccination at Health Services. Brown students can walk in or call 401.863-1330 to make an appointment for the always FREE flu vaccine.
HOW TO HELP A FRIEND WHO HAS BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED
The majority of students who have been sexually assaulted first tell a friend. Research indicates that if positive support is initally offered, survivors will have better recovery outcomes. You can offer help by believing and validating your friend's experience. Respect your friend's privacy but offer resources to aid with their recovery process.