Beach Balance

December: Stress Less
By: Meghan Artia, Beach Balance Graduate Assistant

With the holidays approaching and fall semester coming to a close, we may be experiencing higher levels of stress. Stress can appear in a variety of forms, and it is important to be able to identify when we may be experiencing these feelings.


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Stress can be defined as an increased demand placed on the brain or physical body. Many individuals start to feel stressed when multiple demands are placed on them at the same time. Negative stress can prevent individuals from feeling and performing their best - whether it be mentally, physically or emotionally. While the feeling of stress may be overwhelming, there are techniques you can use to manage the stress you may have in your life!

Self-care is taking time out to care for yourself and simply being mindful of your own needs. Self-care can come in a variety of forms and does not have to be a grand event. Even taking five to 30 minutes out of your day to relax, meditate and live a more balanced life counts as a form of self-care. Regularly practicing self-care techniques can help with reducing stress while creating feelings of calmness and a sense of control. Essentially, taking some time for yourself can give you renewed energy, which we all can use. Make sure to take some time for yourself, set boundaries if you need to and remember that your needs are important too.

Techniques to Manage Stress:

  • Exercise: Working out regularly is a great way to relax one's body and mind, while improving your overall mood!
  • Relax Your Muscles: This can be done in the form of stretching, taking a hot bath or shower, receiving a massage and/or getting a good night's sleep. Research shows that getting a massage reduces stress and anxiety by lowering your adrenaline hormones.
  • Deep Breathing: Research shows that deep belly breathing stimulates our vagus nerve, which triggers our body's relaxation response. Incorporate exercises like Box Breathing into your daily routine to reduce stress.
  • Make self-care a priority: Self-care can come in many forms including cooking, creating art, giving yourself a facial or catching up on a favorite TV show. Take time to do what you enjoy the most!

It is time to take care of your stress and relax. Let's finish the semester with a bang and make stressing less a priority.

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Beach Balance, with support from Student Health Services, Bob Murphy Access Center, and Counseling and Psychological Services, aims to promote personal well-being, from a holistic approach, by empowering members of the Long Beach State University (LBSU) community to make healthy lifestyle choices.  Various educational opportunities are offered through Beach Balance, including programs about nutrition, stress management, biofeedback, and overall health education. 

Beach Balance has two locations on campus, they are in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC room 203C) and the University Student Union (USU 313). 

SRWC location services: 

  • Massage therapy 
  • Nutrition counseling 
  • Weekly events 

USU location services: 

  • Relaxonchair (full body massage chairs) 
  • Relaxation Station: health and wellness reading materials, art therapy, lounge chairs 
  • Weekly events 

If you are interested in learning more about Beach Balance, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the SRWC office at (562) 985-0763 and the USU office at (562) 985-4794. 

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