We hope you had a restful break week. You should know it’s normal that as you return to your studies, you may find it hard to focus or get back into a routine. You may also be experiencing anxiety or stress about school or other things in your life. Getting through a stressful time is all about balance.
Edgar French, UM’s Spiritual Care coordinator says, “Students can become so absorbed with their academic demands that they sacrifice or ignore the habits and practices that instill a sense of hope, meaning and joy in their lives. These are not add-ons but essential aspects to living a whole and balanced life. Carving out time in our day to recharge our selves, be it exercise, contemplative practices, talking with a trusted friend, can provide the added motivation and energy to get back to the books and get the more out of your study.” Edgar can be found at 102C UMSU University Centre.
If you are having trouble managing any of your worries or concerns, please know that you’re not alone, and the University has many resources to support your success. We’ve put together a few ideas for handling stress.