Life Balance & Stress

Maintaining balance—or making time for the things you value as a student—can be difficult.  Resources can help you better understand how to identify priorities and strategies for achieving the balance you desire. 


Values Assessment Worksheet - Your purpose in life has a lot to do with what kind of impact you want to make in the world and the way you want to live. This is clarified and defined by your values. By taking a moment to define those values, you can begin to build life balance around what's truly important to you. 

The Science of Happiness - This six-part BBC series looks at the newest research from around the world to find out what makes us happy. 

Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator - In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time. 

All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes - When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. 

Work-Life Balance or Work-Life Integration? - Defining your who, your what, and your how can help you find your purpose.  Consider finding a balance between your defined sense of self and a career that matches that purpose. 

How to Make Stress Your Friend - Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others. 

The Habits of Happiness - What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment. 


TimeTune  - You can use TimeTune as your daily task reminder, daily activity manager, habit creation tool, student calendar, timetable manager, schedule organizer, routine optimizer, time manager or daily planner. Free on Android. 

Balanced - Struggling to make time for all the little things that matter?  This app helps you stay motivated and focused on what's really important in your life. Free on iTunes.  

RescueTime - An automatic time and attention tracker that helps you monitor how much time you spend in your mobile apps and phone calls, reporting back to you your efficiency score and top distractions on your mobile device. Free on Android; available for Mac and Windows.