Monday, March 28, 2011
1.) Alcohol: Drinking alcohol can actually increase your stress response- this is exactly the opposite effect of what you hoped. Likewise, always turning to alcohol when you are stressed can create a harmful pattern, which leads you to be dependent on alcohol when things aren't going your way or you're feeling overwhelmed. These effects are subject to individual differences and family history of alcohol use, however.
2.) Sleeping too much
4.) Withdrawing from family and friends
5.) Taking your stress out on others
6.) Overeating (this is often called "emotional eating")
So, if any of these sound familiar, make sure you continue reading for easy stress relief strategies.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Stress: Physiological and emotional responses to an event.
Physiological Symptoms of Stress
1.) Increased heart rate
2.) Dry mouth
3.) Tight muscles
Cognitive/Emotional Symptoms of Stress
2.) Trouble concentrating
3.) Negative self-talk
1.) Stress is the same for everybody
Truth: Everyone reacts differently to stress. Everyone does not get stressed out from the same situations or circumstances.
2.) Stress is always bad for you
Truth: A little stress is good. The most important thing is to learn ways to manage your stress.
3.) Stress is everywhere, so you can't do anything about it
Truth: Nope! You can plan your life in ways to reduce stress, so you don't feel so overwhelmed all of the time. Try prioritizing what you need to do and attending to the simpler things before the really overwhelming things on your list.
4.) No symptoms, no stress.
Truth: You may still be experiencing some stress even if you don't have specific symptoms.
5.) Only the minor symptoms of stress require attention.
Truth: Pay attention to any and all symptoms. Minor symptoms are a sign that your life may be getting out of hand.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Sometimes we get into "go go go" mode. We are juggling classes, studying, that class project, fitting in a visit from mom and dad, a club meeting, and a million other things. As a result, we're skipping out on sleep and grabbing a bag of chips from the vending machine on the way to library instead of getting a full night's sleep and eating a healthy meal. Sometimes it seems like we don't even realize how exhausted we are until we finally get that break. Check out this recent article http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezproxy.gl.iit.edu/doi/10.1002/job.699/pdf to learn more about the benefits of a taking a vacation and the positive effects of finding leisure time during your busy schedule as well. According to the article, a vacation gives our mind and body a rest. Yet, these benefits fade after about a month unless we strive to relax once we return to work or school.