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people walking through the UC Davis Arboretum

People walking through the UC Davis Arboretum
(Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

Stress & Relaxation Spotlight

  • Mediation Services
    Mediation Services provides conflict management to faculty, staff and graduate students. Their core service is structured, informal mediation designed to facilitate the effective management of workplace disputes.

Physical Wellness Resources:
Stress & Relaxation

The mind and the body are interrelated and interactive. Mental stress and anxiety can manifest themselves physically, which can be detrimental to mental and physical health and wellness. Because stress can effect how the rest of the body functions, it is important to learn how to manage the stresses of everyday life in healthy and productive ways.

UC Davis Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), a department of Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)

The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to enhance the mental health, interpersonal relationships, academic performance and career development of students attending UC Davis. CAPS offers individual and group counseling on issues such as stress reduction, eating disorder management, alcohol and other drugs, relationships, mental health and other topics. They also provide referrals for long-term individual psychotherapy, individual inpatient treatment programs, and a 24-hour phone response. Their website contains information regarding how to respond to individuals expressing clear and imminent danger to self. Note: Services are only available to UC Davis students.

Guided Mindfulness and Relaxation Audio Downloads

These mp3 audio files will help you relax and focus your mind for your responsibilities and are available to everyone.

Stress and Wellness Clinic

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) sponsors workshops offering individual and group counseling services to registered UC Davis students dealing with stress and/or anxiety. They offer groups addressing topics such as breaking free of stress and anxiety and mindfulness meditation.

The House

The House is a confidential peer counseling center offering a variety of free and confidential services to UC Davis students by phone and drop-in. The House offers peer counseling, a mind-body gym, educational workshops and wellness programs for the campus community. Note: Services are only available to UC Davis students.

Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)

The Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) offers confidential, cost free assessment, intervention, consultation and referral services. Whether the problem is work-related or personal, administrative or individual, career or relationship focused, our experienced staff can assist you in recognizing and resolving the problem. When additional resources are needed, they can link you to appropriate services in your community. Note: Services are only available to UC Davis students.

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) provides the health and wellness resources so that you can stay healthy and successfully achieve your academic goals. SHCS staff includes board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, therapists, a registered dietitian and health educators. This on-site clinical facility is available to all registered UC Davis students and provides primary care, specialty care, preventive and self-care services. Urgent care services are available depending on the severity of the health problem. An inn-house pharmacy, diagnostic laboratory, x-ray and insurance services are also available. Student fees help fund SHCS, which allows services to be provided to students at low rates. Students pay small fees for most services.

Mind Spa - features massage chairs, computerized self-assessment screenings, guided relaxation/meditation tools, biofeedback software and Stress & Wellness Ambassadors to help guide and introduce students to these resources. It is located on the second floor of the Student Health and Wellness Center in the CAPS Clinic.

Fitness and Wellness Center

The Fitness and Wellness Center offers services such as massage, fitness classes, personal training, dietary analysis and nutrition drop-in hours.

Davis Arboretum

The UC Davis Arboretum is a public garden with over 4,000 kinds of trees and plants. It is a beautiful place for active recreation or peaceful contemplation. Walk or bike through gardens along a scenic waterway or join a guided tour. Find great plants at monthly plant sales. Friends of the Davis Arboretum contribute financially and volunteer in the gardens, nursery, outdoor classroom or office. Volunteer training starts in October.

Student Academic Success Center

The Student Academic Success Center is devoted to helping students develop skills that will help them in their academic endeavors. They offer a multitude of resources that range from tutoring and writing workshops to tips about study habits. They also offer Time Management Workshops to alleviate stress by offering advice on how to budget your time. Note: Services are only available to UC Davis students.

Health Education and Promotion Napping & Sleeping Resources

Taking a 20-30 minute nap can improve your academic performance. The HEP Napping Campaign is advocating the benefits of taking a half hour out of your day to rest your eyes and recharge. Go to the website to find out how you can benefit from a short daily nap, locate the best napping spots on campus and explore the other resources on the site.

Experimental College (EC)

The Experimental College (EC) strives to provide a forum for learning and an outlet for individuals to share their interests and skills in an informal, cooperative setting. The EC offers classes such as dance, yoga, cooking, and martial arts. The EC has an organic community garden where students can rent a garden plot. Courses change quarterly. Visit the website for a current listing.

Mediation Services

Mediation Services, which is run by Human Resources, provides professional conflict management consultation, education and services to faculty, staff and graduate students. Their core service is structured, informal mediation designed to facilitate the effective management of workplace disputes. Note: Services are only available to UC Davis faculty, staff and graduate students.

Other Resources

National Sleep Foundation

This website contains fact sheets on a variety of topics including tips for good sleep, sleep deprivation, sleep apnea, depression, chronic fatigue and more. It also contains sleep quizzes to test sleep knowledge and behavior. Users can "Ask the Sleep Expert" and find a local sleep professional.

WebMD Sleep Disorders Help Center

This website contains a sleep disorders guide addressing symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and management. It also contains a blog, message boards, sleep well newsletter and "Ask the Experts" section.

WebMD Stressed Out

This website explains how stress affects your physical health, explains the physical signs of stress, and provides strategies for reducing stress. This website also contains a self-test to help you find out if stress or anxiety is affecting your health.

HelpGuide is a non-profit organization that provides assistance and support for people dealing with a variety of stress related issues. Their mission is to help people understand, prevent and resolve life’s challenges. HelpGuide offers information and encouragement to take charge of your health and well-being and make healthy choices when dealing with stress.

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Mayo Clinic Stress Center

Find out why stress is harmful, recognize stress symptoms, and explore practical tips on stress relief and stress management.

Managing Your Time

This Dartmouth University website includes tips for managing your time. It contains sections on the advantages of time management, keys to successful time management and time management resources.

Study Skills Center

This Virginia Tech website has online study skills workshops on topics such as: time management strategies for improving academic performance, strategies for improving test performance, increasing textbook reading comprehension and strategies for improving concentration and memory.