Coping with Stress

BY CONNOR MENDEL

Stress is pressure or tension exerted on a material object. Stress is a condition that is often characterized by symptoms of physical or emotional tensions. It is a reaction to a situation where a person feels threatened or anxious. A lot of high school and college students start to build up more stress around this time of the year. With finals coming around the corner it’s time that students really start to get worried and “stress.” There are many ways to deal with it and everybody is different on how they handle it.

What are some things that cause stress? From physical (such as fear of something dangerous) to emotional (such as worry over your family or school.)

Survival stress- this is a common response to danger in all people and animals. When you are afraid that someone or something may physically hurt you, your body naturally be better able to survive the dangerous situation.

Internal stress- have you ever caught yourself worrying about things you can do nothing about or worrying for no reason at all? This is internal stress and it’s when people make themselves stressed. This often happens when we worry about things we can’t control or put ourselves in situations we know will cause us stress. Some people become addicted to the kind of hurried, tense, lifestyle that results from being under stress.

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What it feels like to be surrounded by stress. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus.

Environmental stress- This is a response to things around you that cause stress, such as noise, crowding, and pressure from work or family. Identifying these environmental stresses and learning to avoid them or deal with them will help lower your stress level.

Fatigue and Overwork- This kind of stress builds up over a long time and can take a hard toll on your body. It can be caused by working too much or too hard at your job, school or home. Also caused by not knowing how to manage your time well or having time to rest.

There are many ways people can deal with stress. Eating a well-balanced meals, take a time-out and just relax, exercise daily, get enough sleep, take deep breaths, welcome humor, and maintain a positive attitude.