Managing stress(text summary from Flash piece, above)
First, recognize stress:
Stress symptoms include mental, social, and physical
manifestations. These include exhaustion, loss
of/increased appetite, headaches, crying, sleeplessness,
and oversleeping. Escape through alcohol, drugs, or
other compulsive behavior are often indications.
Feelings of alarm, frustration, or apathy may accompany
If you feel that stress is affecting your studies,
a first option is to seek help through your educational
is the ability to maintain control when situations,
people, and events make excessive demands. What can
you do to manage your stress?
What are some strategies?
See if there really is something you can change or
control in the situation
Set realistic goals for yourself
Reduce the number of events going on in your life
and you may reduce the circuit overload
Remove yourself from the stressful situation
Give yourself a break if only for a few moments
Don't overwhelm yourself by fretting
about your entire workload. Handle each task as it
comes, or selectively deal with matters in some
Don't sweat the small stuff Try to
prioritize a few truly important things and let the
Learn how to best relax yourself
Meditation and breathing exercises have been proven
to be very effective in controlling stress.
Practice clearing your mind of disturbing thoughts.
Selectively change the way you react,
but not too much at one time. Focus on one
troublesome thing and manage your reactions to
Change the way you see your situation; seek
alternative viewpoints Stress is a
reaction to events and problems, and you can lock
yourself in to one way of viewing your situation.
Seek an outside perspective of the situation,
compare it with yours. and perhaps lessen your
reaction to these conditions.
Avoid extreme reactions; Why hate when
a little dislike will do? Why generate anxiety when
you can be nervous? Why rage when anger will do the
job? Why be depressed when you can just be sad?
Do something for others to help get
your mind off your self
Get enough sleep Lack of rest just
Work off stress with physical
activity, whether it's jogging, tennis, gardening
Avoid self-medication or escape
Alcohol and drugs can mask stress. They don't help
deal with the problems
Begin to manage the effects of stress
This is a long range strategy of adapting to your
situation, and the effects of stress in your life.
Try to isolate and work with one "effect" at a
time. Don't overwhelm yourself. for example, if
you are not sleeping well, seek help on this one
Try to "use" stress
If you can't remedy, nor escape from,
what is bothering you, flow with it and try
to use it in a productive way
Try to be positive
Give yourself messages as to how well you can
cope rather than how horrible everything is
going to be. "Stress can actually help
memory, provided it is short-term and not too
severe. Stress causes more glucose to be
delivered to the brain, which makes more energy
available to neurons. This, in turn,
enhances memory formation and retrieval.
On the other hand, if stress is prolonged, it
can impede the glucose delivery and disrupt
if stress is putting you in an unmanageable
state or interfering with your schoolwork,
social and/or work life,
seek professional help at your school
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