Stress Management

Students have many different tasks to juggle. The stress produced by these tasks stimulates students to their best effort, but can also cause negative effects such as elevated blood pressure, loss of sleep, irritability, or depression.Even though the causes of stress are often beyond a person's control, stress can be controlled in a way that it works for you.

Here are some strategies for keeping yourself on an even keel:

Deal with the Cause. If tension comes from a relationship with a person, talk out the differences. If tension comes from an unfinished task, set priorities to finish that job.

Learn to Face Yourself. One good way to pace energy is to set goals, then take time out to enjoy rewards for accomplishing goals. Realize limits and plan around them. Often we take on more than our time and energy level can realistically deal with. Unfinished business is a big source of stress. At times, it is better to turn away extra projects than leave work unfinished.

Talk out your Troubles. Learn to talk things over with someone. It relieves pressure, makes you feel better, and sometimes can help you see a new side to your problems.

Learn Flexibility and Accept Imperfection. Go easy on yourself! Take care of things, as best as you can, and don't worry about them the rest of the time.

Exercise. A physical workout is a great tension reliever.

Don't Agonize Over Defeat. Learn from your mistakes but don't dwell on them.

Balance your Life Tasks. Hobbies, music and physical activities are all renewing activities. Balance work and personal time. Each will be more effective in your life.

Eat and Sleep Right. As our life becomes more hectic, these two areas seem to go down the tubes. Getting enough sleep and eating properly increase our energy level when we need it the most.

Vitamins. When under stress, our bodies use those vitamins it does not store, those being Vitamin C and B-complex. Supplements can help in general, and especially during a stressful period.

For assistance in learning to cope with stress, contact the Student Assistance Program at (855) 774-4700 or the Wellness Center at  (810)762-9650 or