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De-Stress with Stress Less

Around this time of the semester , students start to burn-out. Thanksgiving break can not possibly get here fast enough. There is no way that there is even enough hours in the day to get your pre-finals work-load done, so you might not even get to enjoy your break anyway.

            The Dallas Counseling Center and Student Life Dallas Center have got you covered. On Mon. Nov., 21 at 12 p.m., there will be the Stress Less: Multiple Roles event, which will focus on how students can more effectively juggle all the important roles they play. TWU Dallas Clinical Psychologist Dr. Linda Louden feels that “since many of our Dallas students are parents, partners, caregivers, and employees in addition to attending their rigorous programs, stress management in this kind of a busy context is important to keeping all the balls in the air.”

            Stress management is not the only benefit that Stress Less and other events like it have to offer students. As with any campus-sponsored event, students have another chance to socialize, which could very well help with stress management itself. Louden comments: “Taking part in Student Life programming offers students’ opportunities to feel connected to the university and other students as well as provides valuable chances to learn important life and leadership skills. We know that the more students are engaged in the university experience, the more likely they are to persist to get their degrees.”

            If your grades are not exactly where you would like them to be, your mental health might be a factor. Louden is certain that taking care of your mental health can only improve your life, saying: “…protecting and improving your mental health aids academic performance, goal attainment, relationship functioning, job satisfaction, and overall well-being. If you are struggling with a mental health issue, getting help can improve many areas of your life.”

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