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 www.medicalnewstoday.com, 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:
- Being on our own and in a new environment
- Changes in our family relationships and our social life
- Financial responsibilities
- Substance abuse
- Awareness of our sexual identity and/or orientation
- Preparing for life after gradation
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:
- Exercise. This is proven to be beneficial to both physical and mental health.
- Get at least 7 hours of sleep.
- Eat well-balanced meals
- Make time each day to do something the relaxes you- reading, watching tv, yoga, or anything else.
- Go for a walk
- Use your support system- talk to your friends and family.
- Hug someone- physical contact is a great stress reliever.