Stress Management

Programs and Initiatives for Stress Management

Graduate school can be stressful! At UMB, we are committed to spreading awareness about stress and anxiety, creating supportive programming, and providing resources designed to help students achieve academic success. A little bit of stress is good to motivate us to perform, and to pursue our personal and professional desires. However, the way that we respond to stress can make a big difference to our overall well-being. Learning how to cope with stress is important for mental and physical wellbeing. 

Stress Management Programs

Stress Busters is a nationwide college health program that helps students rediscover relaxation. You've been go-go-going and we want you to take a breather. Sooth the stress away with a variety of simple and creative ways to feel relief during finals season. Check back for Spring 2024 Stress Busters Events. 

Take a "Paws" Pet Therapy takes place the second Tuesday of each month during the Fall and Spring semesters in SMC Campus Center Lobby. Pet therapy dogs Maddie, Marcel, and Pippin will be there to bring a little joy and hopefully brighten your day.

UMB Cooks Cookbook We can reduce our stress by nourishing our bodies with nutritious foods. Meal planning and food prepping can save us time and money while relieving our stress. Please submit your favorite recipes and ideas to URecFit and Wellness to be featured in our UMB Cooks Cookbook. We will share a completed digital cookbook with the UMB community in the Spring 2025 semester.  Submissions will be entered into a raffle for five people to receive their choice of an air fryer, instapot, or blender. Submit your recipes and ideas here.

Past Stress Management Events

Stress Busters:

  • Coffee and Pastries 
  • Pet Therapy Tuesday, Take a “Paws” 
  • Lunch and Lawn Games 
  • Free Seated Chair Massage 
  • Ice Cream Study Break 
  • Movie Night 
  • Games, Puzzles, and Color/Doodle Tables 
  • Plant a Succulent or Tropical Plant

Workshops and Other Events:

  • "Stress Less Workshop"
  • Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Mind
  • Pet Therapy Tuesday: Take a "Paws"
  • Stay Ahead of Your Stress: Build a Wellness Toolbox
  • UMB Sleeps Well