Keep Calm and Reach Out

This blog post is the 3rd installment in a series featuring 7 Day Stress Less Challenge participants’ responses to questions we posted on social media.

February is Emotional Wellness Month at Maryland.

We asked students who is their go-to person when they are feeling stressed and need to talk.


Being emotionally well involves having an optimistic attitude, adjusting effectively to change (and there’s a lot of it in the college years!), and managing emotions in a healthy way.

Sometimes emotions can become too much for any of us to handle on our own. Emotional wellness also means knowing when and how to reach out and ask for help. That can mean venting to a close friend, confiding in a family member or seeking professional help when stress has become overwhelming. There is no shame in reaching out; seeking help is a sign of strength.

Emotional Wellness Ways to De-Stress

  • Call up or Skype® a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile
  • Call the UMD Help Center
  • Meet with a counselor
  • Get emotions off your chest –  journal or confide in a friend
  • Talk to your parents or other family members
  • Leave your worries behind for a while – laugh it out with a comedy show or movie
  • Offer help to someone else who may be struggling
  • Make an appointment with Mental Health Services
  • Take an anonymous screening if you think it’s something beyond everyday stress

Dozens of Terps shared and tweeted about who they turn to when stress is too much. Here’s what they had to say:

On Twitter:

On Facebook: (click here to go to post and read on Facebook):

reach out social media responses_FB

Now, it’s your turn! Reply to us on Twitter (click ‘reply’ below) or leave your thoughts in the comments.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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