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Stress less

Stress is a part of everyone’s lives and can negatively affect your health if it is not managed appropriately. Stress is the largest obstacle to academic success and is often brought on by external events such as relationships, family, classwork, or finances. How you react and manage your stress influences how much of an impact it has on your daily life.


 

What does stress look like?

 

Any number of these symptoms may affect your ability to hang out with friends, focus at work, or do well in school. The important thing is to know how to effectively manage your stress. Some will turn to negative coping strategies like alcohol and drug use or working too much. Think about how you manage stress and what you can do to help minimize negative impacts to your life.

Physical

Physically

You may feel an upset stomach, muscle pain or tension, fatigue, sleep disturbances (too much or too little), loss or increased appetite, or illness.

Emotional

Emotionally

You may feel anxious, irritable, depressed or sad, quick to anger, moody, overwhelmed, panicky, or overly emotional.

Mental

Mentally

You may notice worrying more about tasks or the future, feelings of hopelessness, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, inability to make decisions, perfectionism, and a lack of clarity.

Get the support you need

 

Talk it out:

Stress can sometimes make us isolate ourselves from others, even though staying connected and having someone to talk to can help significantly.

Ask for help:

Sometimes asking for more information, deadline extensions, or even getting roommates to help out with tasks at home can relieve stress.