Participate in Sink Your Stress from April 5, 2021 - April 25, 2021 to improve how you manage the challenges in your life.

  • April 5-Week One: Reduce stress with MOVEMENT AND NUTRITION
  • April 12-Week Two: Reduce stress with SLEEP AND TIME MANAGEMENT
  • April 19-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. Meal prep 3 meals this week
  2. Increase water intake by 1 glass/bottle per day
  3. Eat one additional serving of fruit or veg per day
  4. Move your body in a way that you enjoy on at least 3 days this week
  5. Complete a strength training workout this week
  6. Spend 10 minutes stretching on at least 3 days

Week Two: Reduce stress with SLEEP AND TIME MANAGEMENT

  1. Plan your weekly schedule
  2. Practice relaxation techniques before bed at least 3 night this week
  3. No phone in bed this week
  4. Wake up at the same time each day this week.
  5. Write down tasks to accomplish for each day while avoiding over commitment
  6. Eliminate 10 minutes of non-essential screen time each day this week

Week Three: Reduce stress with HEALTHY CONNECTION

  1. Reach out to someone you love
  2. Do something nice for someone you know
  3. Write down 3 things you are grateful for each day
  4. Spend 10 minutes practicing a mindfulness meditation technique each day
  5. Plan activity with friends that does not center around/end with drinking alcohol*
  6. Take 3 short walks outside this week

*Please follow COVID-19 guidelines. For more info visit: https://coronavirus.uiowa.edu/campus-life