University Health and Counseling Services
Ambrose Center


UHCS Services

Feeling burnt out? We have counselors who specialize in stress reduction and relaxation skills. We also have a Relaxation Room open to all UW-W students and employees. Or perhaps it's more than just stress? Let's chat. Call 262-472-1305 to set up an appointment. 


There is no such thing as a “stress-free” life. A certain amount of challenge is stimulating and healthy. Stress is the deep exhaustion that results when too many demands keep us stuck in a state of low-grade flight or fight arousal, i.e. stressed out. Stress undermines our ability to concentrate which can lead to problems at work or school. Stress subjects us to mood swings and irritability that leads to problems with family, friends and roommates. Stress can cause insomnia, backaches, headaches, digestive disorders and eventually lead to major illness. Learning a few tools to help reduce and manage your stress will have a major positive impact on your overall well-being and create a happier more relaxed you. Yoga, meditation, deep breathing, mindfulness, guided imagery and energy balancing techniques are excellent tools (to name a few).

Try this simple calming breath: inhale deeply through your nose, now exhale slowly through gently pursed lips. Take 5 or 6 good breaths this way and feel yourself calmer and more present. If you’re having difficulty getting a good breath in, exhale first.

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