Anxiety and Stress Resources

On Campus Resources 

Health Promotion Services (SHS)

Health Promotion Services offers appointments with a stress management specialist to help students with anxiety and related issues, relaxation training sessions, stress management workshops, a resource library, and more.

SHS Groups

Off Campus and Online Resources

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Website has information on different types of anxiety disorders, depression, and related disorders, as well as resources for getting help and managing these issues.  Also has tools for finding therapists and support groups in a particular area.

National Institute of Mental Health

Website has information on different types of anxiety disorders, signs and symptoms, different treatment options, and living with these issues.

Student Guide to Surviving Stress in College and Beyond

Feelings of stress at school or at work are normal, healthy even, as our bodies react to exciting, welcomed challenges. However, if we are not mindful of our mental health, we start feeling the harmful effects of our stress — an inability to complete tasks, make decisions, or continue a healthy, balanced lifestyle. This guide helps students recognize and understand feelings of stress and anxiety and how to manage these feelings so that they don’t become overwhelming. Key elements of the guide include:

– A comprehensive review of the different types of stress and their accompanying signs and symptoms
– An overview of the causes and effects of college stress
– An in-depth look at anxiety: how it relates to stress, common anxiety disorders and tools for anxiety management
– Resources, techniques, and tips to help manage overwhelming feelings of stress and anxiety

Students’ Guide to Dealing with College Stress

The guide takes an in-depth look at the various stressors confronted by students. From grades and money to feelings of isolation, it inspects what students are dealing with and how they are affected by stress and anxiety. Key elements of the guide include:

– “Do”s and “Don’t”s of college stress
– Common signs of students in need and where to find help
– External stress-management resources

For more information from SHS, please visit:

shs.wustl.edu/HealthAndWellness/HealthTopics/Pages/Anxiety.aspx 

shs.wustl.edu/HealthAndWellness/HealthTopics/Pages/Stress.aspx

shs.wustl.edu/HealthAndWellness/HealthTopics/Pages/Relaxation-Techniques.aspx 

 

Apps for Coping with Stress and Anxiety

Apps can be downloaded through the iTunes store for iOS or Google Play for Android

unnamed Calm is a mindfulness meditation app

  • Guided meditations for sleep, anxiety, stress and other distractions
    • Unguided timed meditations with relaxing background scenery and sounds

 

 

Pacifica is targeted to help those with anxiety, mood disorders and imagesstress

  • Tracks emotions, thoughts and health.
  • Suggests activities based on mood.
  • Teaches deep breathing, behavioral exercises, and identifying negative thinking patterns, and learning how to replace them with positive thinking patterns.

 

SAM is a self-help anxiety management app. Helps users:

  • Understand causes of anxiety
  • Monitor anxious thoughts and behaviors over time
  • Manage anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection
  • ‘Social cloud’ feature allows users to anonymously get support from SAM community

Breathe2Relax is a breathing exercise tool

  • Teaches diaphragmatic breathing exercise
  • Breathing exercise help decrease ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress response), help with mood stabilization, anger control and anxiety management

 

 

Anxiety disorder infographic