Managing Stress & Anxiety

Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) – Mental Health promotes and fosters the emotional and psychological growth and well-being of all students at UConn by providing a wide range of supportive services.

Managing Stress and Anxiety

Tips for Managing Social Anxiety

Regardless of what you need to do, keep it gradual as you work towards spending more time with others. Start with the easier things and work your way up to the harder things.  It’s always a good idea to combine these activities with relaxation techniques, both before, during, and after the experience, to help ease the anxiety.  Be kind and patient with yourself if you feel anxious. But don’t let that stop you from taking the steps to stop avoiding the things that you need to do the most.

Introduction to Mindfulness

  • Introduction to Mindfulness
    • Student Health and Wellness is offering a workshop to support stress reduction and overall well-being. This 60 minute workshop introduces basic skills of mindfulness practice to include deep breathing, present moment awareness, and self-acceptance.  Check out the link above for dates and times during the semester.

Managing Mental Health During the Pandemic

Stress Reduction in 5 Minutes or Less

Managing Stress (video)

How to Make Stress your Friend (video)

The Secret of Calm

Learning Anxiety: 10 Ways to Calm Your Mind

  • Learning Anxiety: 10 Ways to Calm Your Mind
    • If you frequently find yourself dealing with stress and anxiety that’s interfering with your studying, here are a few tried and proven tips for managing your learning anxiety.

Self-care Tips to Reduce Anxiety

  • Self-care Tips to Reduce Anxiety
    • As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase, anxiety related to the outbreak is on the rise too. But there are things you can do to help reduce your anxious feelings and in turn, strengthen your immune system.

Mood and Anxiety Clinic

  • Mood and Anxiety Clinic
    • The Mood and Anxiety Clinic at the UConn Health is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals struggling with mood and anxiety symptoms

Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

  • Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation.  Have you ever noticed how you breathe when you feel relaxed? The next time you are relaxed, take a moment to notice how your body feels. Or think about how you breathe when you first wake up in the morning or just before you fall asleep. Breathing exercises can help you relax, because they make your body feel like it does when you are already relaxed.

The Top Mental Health Challenges Facing Students with Resources

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Facilitated Meditation

Guided Meditation to Calm Anxiety

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Black Lives Matter Meditation

Copper Beach Institute

  • Copper Beach Institute offers online classes in meditation and mindfulness. Beginners are welcome. These classes help people to quiet their minds and focus on their well-being.

The SHARP Research Lab

  • The SHARP Research Lab.  SHARP Lab is partnering with campus groups at UConn (Counselling and Mental Health Services, Freshman Year Experience, and others), as well as local high schools and community groups, to evaluate methods that assist teens and adults in creating a habit of daily meditation.

The S.T.O.P. Practice for Stress

Meditation: A Simple, Fast Way to Reduce Stress

Coming Back to Breath Meditation

Lovingkindness Meditation for Oppressive Experiences

Meditation & Mindful Apps

Insight Timer

Smiling Mind

MyLife Meditation

UCLA Mindful

Healthy Minds Program

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Other Resources

JED Campus Resources

Active Minds

  • Active Minds
    • Is dedicated to saving lives and to building stronger families and communities. Through education, research, advocacy, and a focus on young adults ages 14–25, Active Minds is opening up the conversation about mental health and creating lasting change in the way mental health is talked about, cared for, and valued in the United States.

The Holistic Husky Podcast

  • The Holistic Husky Podcast
    • A community where UConn students can express their experiences with mental health and inspire students to take charge of their wellness.

Random Acts of Kindness

  • Random Acts of Kindness
    • We need to distance ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help each other. During difficult times, we often see the most beautiful acts of kindness. If you’re home and looking for things to do to keep busy, scroll down for a list of resources to help! We will get through this sooner if we take care of ourselves and each other (without risking contagion). Kindness is a powerful tool. Let’s use it.