Stress is your body's natural response to mental and physical activity. Stress isn't necessarily bad; it prevents boredom and gives an adrenalin boost when we need it the most. Stress becomes problematic when it results in physical and psychological conditions that make life painful or unpleasant. Signs that stress may becoming a problem include:
- impatience, frustration, and irritability over minor incidents
- repeated accidents (stress interferes with your timing and concentration
- feeling increasingly disorganized and forgetful
- difficulty making even small decisions, such as where to go to eat
- chronic fatigue or difficulty sleeping
- frequent tension headaches
- back and/or neck aches
- recurring stomach problems
- frequent feelings of anxiety or panic
- feeling overly competitive with roommates or classmates
- speaking rapidly and dominating the conversation
- skipping meals, breaks, or vacations
During times of stress the most important thing is to take care of yourself! Makes sure you eat well, avoid harmful substances, limit caffeine and sugar intake, exercise, and plan personal time for yourself every day.
Stress Management Tools:
Stress Assess--Provides a questionnaire to assess the stresses in your life.