Dr Scott B. McCabe

Managing Stress for Post-secondary students

It is getting to be that time of year: midterms followed quickly by final exams and the expectation to find a summer job.  This is a recipe for stress for post-secondary students.  It is important to remember strategies to assist with the stress associated with being a post-secondary student.  Here are some easy ones to do.


1) BREATHE – take a few deep breaths, release them slowly.  Pay attention to the tension in your body, relax as you release your breath.

2) EAT HEALTHY – resist eating a bag of chips on the run.  Sit down, take a few moments, eat health food, slowly.  Do not rush yourself through your food.

3) SLEEP – Plan on going to bed at the same time every night.  Stay rested.  Studying for exams, preparing projects with little or no sleep is not the way to showcase your work.

4) TURN UP THE MUSIC – Listen to your favourite song.  Let the music play in a room, not just through earbuds. Dance around the room, move your body, enjoy the music.

5) STOP RE-LIVING LOST MOMENTS – If you didn’t attend classes, missed handing in an assignment, move forward.  Break down the steps to finish the year in a positive way.

6) ON CAMPUS STRESS BUSTERS - There is a reason why post-secondary schools organize stress buster activities at school, students need them! Take the time to attend the event.

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Dr. Scott B. McCabe
February 24, 2018
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