What Exactly Is Stress?
There is no doubt that many college students feel stress. We may know we have stress when we experience it, but what is it exactly?
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.
(Adopted from the University of Georgia website)
Counseling Services can assist you with managing and coping with the stressors in your life. Below are two self-help resources:
54321 mindfulness meditation (mp3 14mb): 1 15 minute sequence for beginners and beyond to practice coming into the present for balance, focus and peace of mind.
Muscle relaxation (mp3 14mb): Progressive Muscle relaxation is a 15 minute core reprogramming plan that is expecially helpful to reduce anxiety, tension and insomnia.
Quick style relaxation (mp3 4mb): a 5 minute shorthand version of the longer progressive muscle relaxation to fit easily ito busy days.
Breathing basics (mp3 12mb): teaches essential skills of consciously breathing including diaphragmatic, full 3 part, LSD breathing-all at the foundation of a lifelong strategy for wellness.
Intro (mp3 7mb): Introduction to Stress management: breath, meditation and relaxation highlighted in this series of tools for healing and better health--led by a Counselor of the H-SC Wellness Center with the intention of
having these readily available for home practice when and as needed.