Managing Stress

Do you ever feel as though you just can’t handle everything: your class work, your part-time job, the demands of family and friends? If so, you are probably feeling pressured or are under stress.

Common Symptoms of Stress

being short-tempered
feeling rushed
having difficulty concentrating
queasiness, indigestion
losing weight
worn-out feeling, fatigue

How to Reduce Stress

  1. Manage your time effectively to help reduce stress by allowing you to feel in control.

  2. Eliminate stressors. Once you have identified a source of stress, eliminate it if possible. If, for example, a part-time job is stressful, find another that is less stressful.

  3. Review your accomplishments to give you confidence that you can handle the work ahead.

  4. Avoid simultaneous life changes. College is a major change in lifestyle and is stressful in itself. Therefore, try to avoid additional major changes such as starting a new job.

  5. Establish a daily routine to eliminate the need to make numerous daily small decisions.

  6. Seek knowledgeable advice if stress becomes an insurmountable problem.

  7. Get physical exercise because exercise often releases tension, promotes a general feeling of wellness, and improves self-concept.

  8. Eat nutritious meals. During rushed, stressful times such as exam days, nutritious food can help you keep calm and think more clearly. In general, try to eat fruits, vegetables, and protein; avoid refined sugar, large amounts of caffeine, and high-calorie, low nutrient snacks.

  9. Get adequate amounts of sleep because sleep allows the body time to replenish energy and to recover from the daily demands placed upon it.