- Good self-care: Taking care of yourself will help maintain your physical, emotional, and mental reserves to prevent and manage stress. This includes regular sleep, exercise, relaxation, and eating well. For more self-care ideas and planning guides visit our Self-Care Planning website.
- Evaluate your priorities: There are so many amazing activities to engage in at Amherst, but if you try to do everything, you may spread yourself too thin to really reap value from the activities you’re engaged in. What is most important to you? Imagine yourself 5-10 years in the future, looking back. Will you wish you invested more in academics? Developing friendships? Co-curricular activities?
- Consider doing less: Try to leave yourself some down time to relax and replenish. Before taking on an additional responsibility, take some time to think about whether it is going to contribute to or detract from your overall well-being. Are the benefits worth the potential stress?
- Practice setting limits: It can be tough to say “no” to others, or to limit yourself from doing everything, even if you know it might be better for you in the long run. Rather than automatically saying “yes” to new responsibilities, consider changing your default response to, “Let me think about it” or “I’ll get back to you” to buy yourself some time to consider the impact of the decision.
- Work hard, play well: Working hard is draining, and you deserve to relax and let loose. Choose activities that will help you unwind, have fun, and refuel.
Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, and Ron McMillan