Managing Stress

Stress has been defined as the physical and emotional reaction people experience when there is a disparity between the demands on them and their ability to meet or cope with these demands.

  • Almost all law students experience some degree of stress.
  • Normal stress can serve as a catalyst for change and can lead to personal growth.
  • But stress can easily get out of control and make you miserable.

Signs that stress is really getting to you

  • Problems sleeping (too much, too little).
  • Changes in your eating patterns (too much, too little).
  • Irritability.
  • Sadness, crying.

Things You Can Do to Help Manage Stress

  • Develop a plan for time management.
  • Hold realistic expectations.
  • Try not to obsess about things that are out of your control.
  • Exercise.
  • Maintain social supports.
  • Get enough sleep.

Seek help early if stress is making you unhappy

  • See Kiyana Kiel to work on a time management plan. 
    Email Kiyana Kiel, call (619) 260-6876 or stop by Warren Hall, Room 206.
  • Visit USD's Counseling Center, Serra Hall, Room 300. 
    Walk-in hours 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Or call (619) 260-4655 to make an appointment.


Please email Kiyana Kiel, call (619) 260-6876 or stop by Warren Hall, Room 206.


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Fax: (619) 260-7715


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