Being a college student can be stressful. Most Smith students report that they have experienced stress-related symptoms such as feeling overwhelmed and tired. Stress management works best when it involves a lifestyle change, and not a response to a specific event in your life.
Developing healthy coping skills is important to stress management and being a successful college student. Healthy habits can reduce stress overload. Be sure you are getting enough sleep, taking time for fun and relaxation, prioritizing physical fitness and health eating, and practicing effective time-management strategies. The Office of Student Engagement is committed to helping students develop healthy habits during their time at Smith. We offer a number of programs and events to assist with this process.
Stress Reduction Programs
Each semester during exams the Office of Student Engagement offers a series of programs designed to help students take a break from studying and lessen stress levels. Programs include massage, the courtesy cart, cookies and milk, and other programs encourage students to take a break, recharge and relax.
The Stress Free Zone on the first floor of the Campus Center allows students to take a break from studying and have fun for a few minutes.
These offices also offer programs and services that can help you build a healthy lifestyle and develop stress management skills:
Get Fit Smith offers noncredit fitness classes for students, regardless of fitness level.
Wellness Education offers student resources for living a healthy life at Smith.
Center for Religious and Spiritual Life has programs around meditation, reflection, and healthy living.
Health Services offers medical care and resources for students.
Counseling Services offers individual session and support groups for students.
Smith To Do has low key craft-based events to help students unwind.
Student Event Committee organizes fun social events.