Expert Advice: 5 Tips to Managing Student Stress

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Sara Tripalin, psychotherapist, recently visited massage therapy students to talk about working with clients who are experiencing grief.

“No group feels the effects of stress more than students,” Sara Tripalin, owner of Peace of Mind Therapy, shared with students in the massage therapist program at Globe University-Madison West. “Stress is different for everyone. It can either be thunderous or quietly persistent. Either way, the effects are cumulative and potentially hazardous to one’s health.”

Recently, Sara, who earned her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling at Edgewood College, talked with students in the massage therapy program at Globe University-Madison West about serving future clients who may be experiencing grief.

Peace of Mind Therapy is Sara’s private practice where she specializes in cancer and grief therapy. Her approach to therapy is collaborative. “I believe strongly in a teamwork approach and supporting the inherent strengths of my clients,” she said.

Sara has experience working with a diverse population of clients, including students. Sara, who is a Madison, Wis., native, has also collaborated with Gilda’s Club, Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Komen Madison and Agrace Hospice.

I had the opportunity to connect with Sara and explore ways students can manage stress, because, according to Sara, in this day and age, “students are faced with increasing demands and no additional hours in their days to accomplish them.”

Students, new and current, if you are feeling the pressure and you’re not sure how to release it, here are five things you can do now to help.

  1. Manage Your Time: “One area that I often zone in on with my clients is time management. We all only have twenty-four hours in a day. How we use those hours can have a tremendous impact on how we feel and function.”
  2. Give Yourself a Break: “Another important area is allowing space for “downtime”. We are not human “doings” we are human “beings”. Stress often originates from being “on” too much. We have to allow space for activities that nourish us whether that is exercise, quiet meditation, yoga, socializing, music, art, hobbies etc.”
  3. Remember, Nobody is Perfect: “We also need to learn how to get past the notion that we need to be “perfect”. We get so caught up on the idea of attaining a certain GPA that we fail to experience the experience of school. If you ask most employers, they are more concerned with the person and what skills they bring rather than their cumulative GPA score. We do need to be successful students, but we might need to change the way we define our individual success.”
  4. Connect With Your Support Group: “In addition, every student needs a strong support system. The most successful students have assembled a team of support around them and they know how to utilize that support. That team often acts as a buffer to their stress.”
  5. Remember, Stress is Temporary: “Students will not always be students. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Keeping focused on that and redefining what it means to be successful can go a long way in reducing daily stress.”

Thank you to Sara for sharing her insight on stress management. To learn more about Peace of Mind Therapy including a scaled rate plan for students, log onto http://www.peaceofmind-madison.com.