DeSTRESS yourself!!


Life can be extremely stressful and stress has a large impact on our lives and health. So what makes something stressful?

Stress comes from…

… Events that we perceive as endangering our physical or psychological well-being.

… Negative events that are, uncontrollable, unpredictable, or inexplicable

… Change positive or negative

When we get stressed our physiological response is known as the fight or flight response. This response is essential for safety and is activated, while non-essential processes are inhibited to help conserve energy. Stress is an essential part of life and can be good for short periods of time. This is highly adaptive in the short term, but it is very damaging if sustained long term. If you are under chronic stress it has many negative effects. Stress has been associated with many different physical health problems such as ulcers, asthma, headaches, coronary heart disease, and hypertension. There are many ways to help cope and reduce stress.

  1. Social support: Talk to your friends and family. Even just saying things out loud can have a huge benefit in our stress levels. And lots of times they end up having some good advise to give you too!
  2. Exercise: Physical activity is a great way to get your mind off your stress. It can help relieve some of that excess tension. It is also a good time to do some thinking and do something beneficial for you.
  3. Things you love: Do activities that you love. Sit down and listen to a favorite album or do a puzzle.  Anything that you enjoy and helps you relax is a great thing to take up during times of great deals of stress!


1 comment so far

  1. Paula on

    This is why I always get sick around finals time!

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