How to manage stress in your life

Student Life

Whether it’s making grades, keeping scholarships, maintaining work and school or building relationships, college kids are always stressing out about something.

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“Everyone handles what life gives them differently. Some people just need to talk it out with themselves,” Potter said. “It’ll take time to master a way that works for you. Sometimes people just need to recharge their batteries and do things that they enjoy doing.”

Anyone that has a job and goes to school knows what it is like to have to create time management for yourself to get things done. Having to be at work by 4:30, getting out of class at 3:00 and figuring out how you’re going to get a paper done by tomorrow is just one prime example of a kind of stress we face.


“For me it is not as stressful as it once was, since I now work here on campus and go to school,” Senior Shannon Ebling said. “With working here it gives me more time to get homework done, and unlike other jobs, here at Missouri Western they will work more around your school schedule.”


So who is more stressed? College-aged or middle-aged people?


“I’ve been to college once before, and honestly I think it varies on the individual,” Non-traditional student Marilyn Colboch said. “Everyone’s circumstances in their lives are different, and how they deal with them are different as well.”


On Oct. 29, free massages were given out by physical therapy majors in Eder Hall 208. For the students that were in attendance for the stress management seminar, this would be an added little treat for them.


“The massage was amazing, it felt really good. I could almost feel every negative thing in my body just melting away,” Freshman Katie O’Toole said. “Sometimes you just have to unwind and let everything go.”


If you are having problems in any part of your life, school, work, family, friends, or relationships perhaps you could consider counseling.


The counseling center here at Missouri Western is located in room 203 of Eder Hall. Counselors are there Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You can simply go into their office or call them at (816) 271-4327 to set up an appointment.


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