Stress Management FAQS
Some commonly asked questions.
Types of appointments:
- One-on-one appointments are for first appointments, severe muscle tension or other stress issues, determining Optimal Breaths-per-Minute, and making individualized recordings (self-hypnosis, performance rehearsal).
- Self-directed appointments are for many follow-up appointments and class assignments. Students will be at their own computer station with headphones in a room with 3 stations. They will do intensive biofeedback training and/or relaxation training with the help of a biofeedback assistant.
Applies theories of individual, academic, and career development; emphasizes information gathering and self-assessment with the intent of helping students make informed choices regarding major and career selection and subsequent graduation planning.
It is also important to pay attention to feedback from the body that indicates stress overload: fatigue, chronic or excess illness, headaches, stomach problems, anxiety, chronic muscle tension, etc. These may be cues to seek medical help and/or seek help for stress management. They are also signals from your body to take better care of yourself by slowing down, getting more sleep, taking on fewer responsibilities, prioritizing, eating more regularly, exercising regularly, etc.
We do not treat medical conditions in Biofeedback Services.
- J & J EMG/Temp/SR: Measures muscle tension, hand temperature, sweat gland activity, heart rate variability, and respiration rhythm. A biofeedback specialist assists you on this program to help you learn how to better regulate these systems in your own body.
- Heart Rate Variability biofeedback programs: Our cutting edge interactive heart rate variability biofeedback programs are the most effective intervention we offer for immediate calming, improved concentration and memory, and peak performance.
- EmWave: Measures heart rate variability (the rhythm of the heart). It shows positive changes in this rhythm as you learn to diaphragmatically breath and focus your mind. This program also allows you to visually see how your thoughts can actually change your physiology.
- Dual Drive: This biofeedback racing game requires you to keep yourself calm in order for your car to go and keep gas in the tank. Through breathing techniques, you can slow your heart rate and maintain this calmness despite the distracting chaos of the race in front of you.
- Relaxing Rhythms: Measures heart rate variability (heart rhythm) and sweat gland activity. You can listen to guided meditation by experts or play games that you win through diaphragmatic breathing and calm mental focus.
What other services are available in Counseling and Psychological Services to help with stress and anxiety?
- You will complete a form that asks about your stress issues to help us respond to your particular needs.
- The faculty member or graduate assistant will consult with you about your issues with stress and help educate you about stress and stress management.
- You will be hooked up to a Biofeedback program to see how stress in the present moment is affecting your body and to help you become more aware of the internal cues of stress.
- You will do biofeedback training and/or relaxation training appropriate to your needs.
- Biofeedback is painless and non-intrusive. But if you wear foundation make-up you may want to bring it with you it to reapply to your forehead after the session.
- Discussion of biofeedback data, effectiveness of techniques, awareness and practice goals, rescheduling according to your needs, and referral to relevant information and resources will conclude your session.
- You will complete paperwork that updates your stress issues and asks about your awareness and practice goals and how effective they have been in helping you manage stress.
- You will continue with biofeedback and/or relaxation training to meet your needs either one-on-one or in the self-directed stations, depending on the type of appointment.
- You will be referred to appropriate resources and set new or continued awareness and practice goals.
Yes. There are many resources on our website including the following:
- Education about stress and stress management
- Free downloadable mp3 relaxation recordings
- Handouts that teach Relaxation Skills
- Relaxation cd’s that can be checked out of the library for 3 days
- Tips to help manage stress
- Links to other stress management websites and resources
The emWave heart rate variability biofeedback program is available on a walk-in basis in the Career and Academic Success Center, 2590 WSC, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Bring your ID card to check out the equipment. You can also find many relaxation resources by doing an internet search.
Are there other resources I can use to learn how to relax and manage my stress more effectively on my own?
This website includes free downloadable mp3 recordings of eight relaxation techniques for home practice and handouts on stress, stress management, and related topics. Click here to access these files.
The Biofeedback Lab has placed a variety of relaxation cassette tapes and CD's on reserve in the Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL) which can be checked out by students and used on a 3-day basis. They can be found in the Learning and Resource Center (LRC) which is located in 4840 of the HBLL. Click here to see a list of those resources available.
The Career and Academic Success Center (CASC) located in 2590 WSC (Wilkinson Student Center) also offers a variety of helpful coping skills mini-classes on an hourly basis every day. No sign-up is needed to attend. A schedule of workshops for the month can be obtained from the reception desk in room 2590.
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