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Wellness Guide — Calming Stress with Self Care

A Guide to UConn Library Resources on Wellness and Self-Care

Calming Stress with Self-Care

Balancing a schedule of university classes, schoolwork, and deadlines can be stressful.  It is important to take care of yourself when you are stressed out.  Taking a break to rest and recharge can be very helpful.  According to the American Psychological Association, self-care is defined as, "activities or behaviors that enhance mental, emotional, and/or physical health and well being."  Whether your self-care activity is eating a healthy meal, going for a walk, taking a nap, coloring, painting, listening to music, dancing around your room, or talking to a friend-- self-care is an important tool for taking care of yourself.  If you are feeling stressed out, a self-care activity can help you to feel calmer and more centered.

Photo of tea and baked good

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 Examples of Self-Care Activities:     

  • Going for a walk outside
  • Cooking a meal for yourself
  • Taking a nap to rest
  • Watching a comedy show to laugh
  • Calling a friend to talk
  • Writing in a journal to express your feelings                                    


Online Free Wellness Classes:

There are several free wellness classes online which teach students how to live well, and take care of themselves.

For more information about the origins and history of the term "self-care," please refer to the link below which provides a nice overview.

Digital Library Books

Take a Break


Disclaimer: This content guide is meant to be solely informational in nature.  It is not meant to provide professional care or recommendations.  It includes general considerations, but readers should contact their medical provider for individualized advice, treatment, and recommendations.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to your local hospital. If you are in crisis, please call 860-486-4705 to be directed to the UConn on-call therapist. During winter breaks, crisis support is available only during business hours.