Participate in Sink Your Stress from April 3rd to April 23rd to improve how you manage the challenges in your life.

  • April 3-9: Week One: Reduce stress with MOVEMENT AND NUTRITION
  • April 10-16: Week Two: Reduce stress with SLEEP AND TIME MANAGEMENT
  • April 17-23: Week Three: Reduce stress with HEALTHY CONNECTION

How it works:

  1. Register.
  2. Review or print the Sink Your Stress gameboard .
  3. Each week try to complete as many of the challenges as possible from the gameboard. You can track your progress on a printed gameboard or use the quiz tool on ICON (you will be added to the course shortly after registering for the program).
  4. At the end of the program, complete the evaluation (emailed to all who register for the program) to register for a prize.
  5. Watch for weekly emails with helpful tips and resources for completing the Sink Your Stress challenges!

Weekly Challenges Include:

Week One: Reduce stress with MOVEMENT and NUTRITION

  1. Eat one meal without distraction.
  2. Try out an eating meditation*
  3. Enjoy 2 fruits or veggies for snacks today.
  4. Spend 30 minutes getting active in a way you enjoy today.
  5. Go for a walk/get active with a friend today.
  6. Try out mindful movement or a walking meditation.*

Week Two: Reduce stress with SLEEP and TIME MANAGEMENT

  1. Do one thing today that will help you feel more organized.
  2. Try a body scan or deep belly breathing before bed.*
  3. Avoid using your phone in bed tonight and sleep with it across the room or in a different room.
  4. Practice the Pomodoro Method while studying today.*
  5. Write a list of the things that matter most to you. Does this align with where you're dedicating your time and energy?
  6. Try to step away from social media today. Instead, focus on something that makes you feel good.

Week Three: Reduce stress with HEALTHY CONNECTION

  1. Tell a friend you are grateful for them.
  2. Do one small thing for someone today.
  3. Write down three things you are grateful for today.
  4. Try out a Loving Kindness Meditation*
  5. Explore somewhere you’ve never been.
  6. Prioritize getting outside today.

Need more info on the program? Look over the FAQ’s

Helpful Handouts/Resources:

On Campus:

Student Wellness:

University Counseling Services:

Recreational Services:

Tutor Iowa:

Non-UI Resources

For more online health websites, check out the resource page on our website!

Questions? Email Haley Melchert at

For more information, ideas, tips and recipes visit these websites and follow UI Student Wellness on social media!