- Everyone experiences stress. Events or tasks are not stressful; our reactions are what cause stress. How you choose to deal with it is what is important. There are lots of ways to cope.
- Stress can be caused by our reactions to
- Workload and deadlines
- Lack of sleep
- New environments
- Any major change
- While a little bit of stress can provide the extra push we need to get things done, too much stress can make you irritable, lower your immune system and simply decrease maximal functioning.
- According to halfofus.com, “Good stress management involves avoiding stress when possible and developing coping skills to deal with necessary challenges and pressures.”
- For example: If deadlines and heavy workloads make you feel stress, schedule time every day to work on projects. To avoid stress, don’t procrastinate – putting things off will make you feel rushed and overwhelmed later.
- Find stress management techniques that work for you. Whether it’s exercise, meditation or socialization, take the time that you need to ensure that you can feel in control
Sources: http://ub-counseling.buffalo.edu/stressmanagement.shtml, http://campusmindworks.org/students/self_care/managing_stress.asp, http://www.uhs.uga.edu/stress/wellnesslifestyle.html, http://www.halfofus.com/Default.aspx
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