Understanding Stress & Stress Management Student Health and Wellness Counseling Services
Objectives • Define and identify causes of stress • Acquire skills important to reduce stress • Gain skills to appropriately address positive changes that can reduce your stress.
Definition of Stress Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that "demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize. ~Richard S Lazarus
Effect of Stress on College Students • Stress can affect all aspects of students’ bodies: physical, mental, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functions can go haywire under duress. • When people are stressed, they tend to not take care of themselves as well. • Stress can also impact relationships in your life, whether it’s with friends, family, classmates or teachers. Stress distorts emotions, and you may be more irritable and defensive as a result. • Chronic stress diminishes the amount of time you spend in the sleep cycles that we need to stay in, and affects our digestion and our bodies.
Physical Stress Management • Exercise • Walking • Aerobics • Eating healthy • Deep-breathing exercises • Relaxation training • Yoga • Massage
Cognitive Stress Management • Examining thought process (Positive or Negative thinking). • Rational thinking (Feelings of inadequacy, worries). • Address thoughts • Counter unhealthy thoughts.
Emotional Stress Management • Resolve the underlying cause of the emotional stress. • Assertiveness training • Avoid stressful situations • Talking to friends • Counseling • Life balancing
Technological Stress Management Without technology With technology Relaxing apps Mindfulness alarms Uplifting webpages • Silence • Reminders off of message box • Checking emails time
STRESS REDUCERS • Get a good night sleep • Eat a healthy diet • Exercise on a regular basis • Engage in at least one pleasurable activity every day • Stop smoking • Use alcohol in moderation • Use caffeine in moderation • Set realistic goals for yourself, your job and your family • Develop a good support system.
References • Barlow, D. H. & Durand, V. M. (2009). Abnormal psychology: An integrative approach (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. • Corey, M., Corey, C., & Corey, C. (2008). Groups: Process and practice • (8thed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole. • Recognizing signs and symptoms of stress. (2005). Retrieved February 16, 2013 http://www.clevelandclinic.org/health/health-info/docs/1700/1745.asp • http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTCS_00.htm • http://www.psdgraphics.com/backgrounds/night-sky-stars-background/
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