Safety Topic of the Month
Managing End of Year Stress with Safety in Mind
Holidays! The transition back home. All these things can leave you
vulnerable to physical and mental stress this month. The last thing you need is
to become a victim of a crime.
Safety Tips During Finals:
- All night studying and a lot of caffeine can leave you
more vulnerable to theft. Always take a moment before you leave to do a check.
Did I lock the door? Do I have everything I need? If you drove, is anything
valuable left in the car in plain sight?
- Be aware of your surroundings. When your mind is
preoccupied, you tend to get careless. Don’t leave valuables unattended. Don’t
leave your laptop or backpack behind while you go for food or to use the
- When you take a break from your studies, use the
safety resources around you. Don’t take a walk alone at night for a breather.
Get someone to walk with you, or get an escort to a safe place where you can stretch your legs without
putting yourself in danger.
- Don’t prop open doors to make access easier. It also
makes access easier for people who shouldn’t be in the building.
- Eat, rest, and stretch. Your body and your mind are
connected. If you don’t take care of your physical needs, your brain will
- Get a study group together. Helping each other is a
win-win. Look out for each other and keep each other safe.
Tips for Keeping Mentally Fit:
- Feed your body some brain food. Look it up. Dark
chocolate is a brain food!
- Take some breaks. Do some deep breathing to get better
oxygen flow to the brain.
- Take your normal medications.
- If you become overwhelmed, take time to talk to
someone. If there isn’t a person available when you need them, Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)
is an option.
- If you ever feel hopeless or desperate, reach out to
is a crisis hotline available 24/7 at (505) 277-3013.
has an after hours crisis line at (505) 277-3136 (option 3).
is open 24/7 and can assist you in finding the help you need. Call (505) 277-2241.