Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It's the first week back after spring break and the ARC is as busy as ever.  I don't know about you, but I'm already feeling a bit stressed and overwhelmed about the rest of the semester.  I would like to explain what stress is, the symptoms of stress, and debunk a few myths about stress. Over the next few posts, I will provide I a few easy stress relief activities and include resources for more information and where to seek help. 

Stress: Physiological and emotional responses to an event.

Physiological Symptoms of Stress


1.) Increased heart rate
2.) Dry mouth
3.) Tight muscles
4.) Sweating
5.) Headaches
6.) Exhaustion

Cognitive/Emotional Symptoms of Stress

1.) Restlessness
2.) Trouble concentrating
3.) Negative self-talk
4.) Exhaustion

Myths (www.apa.org)

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.

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