Fall 2014 Stress Free Zone Calendar of Events!
Take time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate to give you the energy you need to finish your finals strong! Check out this calendar of events organized by Vandal Health Ed, Vandal Nutrition, Campus Rec, ASUI, and others!
Stress is defined as a response to a demand that is placed upon you. Without some stress, people would not get a lot done. That extra burst of adrenaline that helps you finish your final paper, perform well in sports, or meet any challenge is positive stress. It is a short-term physiological tension and added mental alertness that subsides when the challenge has been met, enabling you to relax and carry on. Responses to stress can be physical, such as a headache; emotional, such as fear or sadness; and mental, such as increased anxiety. If you cannot return to a relaxed state, then the stress becomes negative. The changes in your body (increased heart rate, higher blood pressure and muscle tension) start to take their toll, often leading to mental and physical exhaustion and illness. Too much stress can cause problems and affect our health, productivity and relationships.
How to manage stress
- Have a positive attitude
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
- Exercise regularly
- Eat well
- Utilize your support network – talk to your friends and family, social time can also work wonders on stress levels
- Identify the sources of your stress
- Get adequate sleep
- Don’t be afraid to take short breaks from studying
- Get some quiet time – away from other students
- Learn to relax and take a deep breath
- Don’t be afraid to talk to professors about extensions if you have experienced an illness or traumatic event