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Stress Management

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The H.E.R.O.E.S. strive to help students manage stress in a healthy and productive way. This is reached through workshops of effective coping and relaxation methods to provide students with resources for maintaining a stress-free environment.

Why It's Important

  • Stress can impact academics.
  • Students may not know they are suffering from stress. The H.E.R.O.E.S. presentations consist of various relaxation tips to calm the mind
  • Stress can lead to negative habits such as: over or under eating, lack of activity, headaches and nausea.

What Are the H.E.R.O.E.S. Doing?

According to the Healthy Campus Data, stress negatively affects students' academics at UC Merced. The H.E.R.O.E.S. strive to reduce the impacts of stress on students by providing resources and workshops to teach effective coping methods.

Our workshops focus on mindful coping, meditation strategies, and helpful organization tips. We visit clubs and organizations on campus to present stress relieving techniques and provide stress management kits.
The H.E.R.O.E.S. are also working on a review week (otherwise known as the dead week) initiative to ease the transition to finals week and reduce stress. This initiative has been in progress for about a year now.
Around midterms and finals, the H.E.R.O.E.S. bring therapy dogs to campus to ease the stress on students.


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Utilize CAPS to manage stress ranging from academic stress to crisis situations. CAPS offers counseling as well as workshops to help relieve stress. CAPS also offers group therapy between couples or roommates.

Therapy Dogs

Around finals week, therapy dogs are brought to campus to relieve stress. It has been proven that spending time with animals relieves a person's stress. For more information on therapy dogs and requesting their services, please email the HEROES at

Bright Success Center

Utilize the Bright Success Center to learn tips on how to relieve academic stress during the semester. They also provide materials, such as weekly, monthly and semester-long calendars to help stay organized.