Tuesday, August 9, 2022

UMKC’s Violence Prevention Program and Counseling Services help students deal with stress and practice self-care

Are you already feeling overwhelmed? In definite need of a break? Or feeling stressed? You’re not alone. 

UMKC’s Violence Prevention Program, along with Counseling Services, hosted a Snack and Self-Care event last week in the Student Union.

Maya Burton, the Violence Prevention Program coordinator, said the main focus of this event was to “provide students with a snack and tips on self-care and more importantly, relaxation.” Burton also said she felt the “stress journaling” method happened to be the most favorable here at the university. 

“Having a journal can help relieve stress through writing about irritation, which can guide you to work through issues. Journals can include what’s bothering you and why,” Burton said. 

Along with good, healthy snacks, the organizations also provide good, healthy information. So if you’re feeling under stress or just want more information about different ways to release and prevent stress, please feel free to visit UMKC’s Counseling Services. Counseling Services is a “safe place where people can come to talk about self-care and stress management,” stated Vincenza R. Marash, a staff specialist at Counseling Services. Its office is located at 5110 Oak St., Suite 201. You can also call 816-235-1635.

Here are some extra tips on handling stress during the school year.

  • Keep a journal
  • Ask for what you need
  • Say a prayer
  • Meditate
  • Stretch
  • Take a stroll, hike or run
  • Dance, sing, or read 
  • Just say “no”


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