Stress...It's Nothing to Stress About!

What is stress?

Stress is defined as "the body's non-specific response to any demand made on it." When we are stressed, we feel overwhelmed and do not think we can cope with the world around us. According to, anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our wellbeing is a stress.

Most people know what stress is. However, what you may not know is that some stresses are good for you. Stresses "get you going" and without them our lives would be boring.

The trick is to keep your stress at a manageable level.

Stress and college life

One out of five college students say they feel stressed most of the time, according to research conducted by the Associated Press and mtvU, a college TV station.

As college students, our lives are full of stresses and a majority of us are all experiencing the same things. These include:

Stressed Gator Girl

What's the big deal?

Stress, when extreme and left unchecked, can lead to serious problems that can affect your health physically, mentally and socially.

Stress can lead to an unhealthy gain or loss of weight and put a strain on relationships with friends, family and romantic partners.

What can I do?

Here are some tips for decreasing your stress level:

The things that relax me
Books, movies and herbal teas relax me.