UC Berkeley students sometimes think that they are the only ones who are struggling, but everyone has their struggles. Sharing what you’re going through with others can be a tremendous relief, and you might be surprised by how well they can relate. If you are experiencing stress due to the effects of marginalization, oppression, and/or trauma, self-care is still important, but may not be enough. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your support network. Friends, family, mentors, spiritual leaders, community groups, roommates, and/or classmates may be able to lend a sympathetic ear or a helping hand. UC Berkeley also offers a variety of advising resources which can be found at www.berkeley.edu/academics/advising-tutoring.
If your efforts to manage your stress don’t seem to be helping, or you’d just like to have professional support, consider using the many services available to students at UHS (group counseling, health coaching, Let's Talk consultations, advice nurse, etc.).
Remember: Stress management is an ongoing practice, not a one-time activity. Make it part of your regular routine for the best results.