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Director of Student Wellness Programs

Sara Martinez


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Summer office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 10am to 4:30pm.
We are available on the days were are closed but you will need to schedule an appointment.
If our office is closed but you need any of our resources, please contact Sara Martinez at 989-964-2292 to schedule an appointment or feel free to contact her at


College life is rewarding yet stressful. In fact, based on our 2012 ACHA survey results SVSU students said that the number one reason why they did not do well in their academics was STRESS! There are also a number of other factors that students felt influenced their academics, which we have included in the following list.

1. Stress 27% 
2. Sleep difficulties  22% 
3. Anxiety  19%
4. Work 15%
5. Cold and/or flu 14%
6. Social media outlets and video games  13%

7. Depression


8. Concern for a troubled freind or family member

9. Relationship Difficulties  8%
10. Participation in Extracurricular Activities  7.5%











There is good and bad stress. Good stress is what motivates people to finish a project or study for an exam. Bad stress is the kind that lingers and can actually hinder people from performing well. Stress can show up physically and emotionally. Always check up with yourself to make sure that you are taking care of yourself when you are stressed out so that it doesn't come out in ways you didn't plan such as an outburst in a relationship or not performing well on an exam.


Ways to Cope with Stress at SVSU

Are you stressed out?! It is important that if you are stressed that you find healthy ways to reduce stress so that is why we have come up with a list of 20 ways to de-stress at SVSU.

Take time for you!

  1. Go for a walk/run on campus
  2. Go rollerblading
  3. Take a bike riding
  4. Hang out with friends
  5. Check out a Valley Nights movie
  6. Try cooking a new recipe
  7. Workout at the Campus Recreation Center or check out one of their fitness programs or club sports
  8. Take a bubble bath or long shower
  9. Take time to reflect on your goals. Why are you here at SVSU? What do you want to accomplish?
  10. Clean... sometimes it's relaxing
  11. Go to a play or program on campus
  12. Listen to music that you enjoy
  13. Play a board game with friends
  14. Go to the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
  15. Go to the Cardinal Cage in Student Life and play Fruit Ninja or Just Dance on the X-Box Connect
  16. While you are in the Cardinal Cage in Student Life, play pool
  17. Color... sounds silly but a lot of students have told us they love to color
  18. Watch funny YouTube videos or a funny movie
  19. Read for fun!
  20. Paint or do an art project

If you would like to add to our list, please contact

If you have tried several ways to cope with stress but feels as if you are running out of solutions, or if someone you know is dealing with some of these issues and would like to talk to someone about it, please contact our Student Counseling Center at 989-964-7078 to schedule an appointment with a licensed clinician.

If you want to learn more, please check out the rest of our website or look for events with the Peer Health Education logo.