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Stress-Less @ WashU adopted from Stress-Less @ Stanford, and customized for Wash U, allows you to have a private consultation regarding your main areas of stress. 

This consultation teaches you how to manage stress intentionally by guiding you through a process to identify the ways you successfully manage stress and your barriers to stress management.  Easy-to-use technology-based and other resources help you establish a routine that will increase productivity and focus and decrease anxiety and procrastination.  Other areas discussed include breathing and relaxation, sleep and exam stress.

The 20-minute, one-on-one consultations will be with Jordan Worthington, MSW candidate, Mental Health Promotion Coordinator at Student Health Services, and leader of Meditation Mondays in the Zenker Wellness Suite as part of Mental Health Mondays.  Her approach is to meet people where they are, consider their stress management strengths and weaknesses, and then discuss additional resources that could further enrich their stress management practice. Her approach has 2 central parts:

1) Supporting and promoting student self-care and concentrating on stress areas that frequently affect students including general stress, performance/test taking anxiety, social anxiety, and relationship stress. 

2) Teaching people how to set healthy boundaries with technology and cultivate mindfulness of their individual use of technology. The objective of this is to increase the practice of being fully present with others in order to develop meaningful relationships and social skills in academic and professional environments.

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Jordan sh​ares her views on the program:

"Stress is inevitable in life, and especially within a rigorous academic environment such as WashU.  While we are unable to eliminate stress in our lives, we can change our relationship to stress so that we don't feel overwhelmed. StressLess @WashU is a program that helps highlight our existing strengths and acknowledge the ways in which we are managing stress, as well as tools to manage our stress more effectively.  We'll learn to use technology as a tool to counteract stress and explore healthy boundaries with technology.  StressLess@WashU will help students gain personal skills that will benefit them personally and professionally, during their time at WashU and beyond"