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Stress and the Student Employee

For RA Spring Training

Daniel Wesche

on 17 April 2013

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2 types of stress Stress and the Student Employee HOW TO STAY STRESSED - A TONGUE –N-CHEEK APPROACH
[adapted from Stanford University Campus Health Center]

Apparently, some students enjoy stress. Are these benefits appealing?

- Stress helps you seem important.
Anyone as stressed as you must be working very hard and, therefore, is probably doing something very crucial.

- It helps you to maintain personal distance and avoid intimacy.
Anyone as busy as you certainly cannot be expected to form emotional attachments to anyone. And let's face it, you are not much fun to be around anyway.

- It helps you avoid responsibilities.
Obviously, you are too stressed to be given any more work. This gets you off the hook for all the mundane chores; let someone else take care of them.

- It helps you avoid success.
Why risk being "successful" when by simply staying stressed you can avoid all of that? Stress can keep your performance level low enough that success will not ever be a threat.

- Stress also lets you keep your directive style
"Just do what I say!" is generally permissible under crisis conditions. If you maintain a permanently stressed crisis atmosphere, you can justify telling folks what to do all the time. Never EXERCISE Exercise wastes a lot of time that could be spent worrying Eat, Drink, and Smoke anything you want If Cigarette Smoke cannot cleanse your system, a balanced diet is not likely to do it either. Gain Weight Work hard at staying at least 25 pounds over your recommended weight. Take plenty of Stimulants The old standards of caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and cola will continue to do the job just fine. Avoid soft, sensitive "woo-woo" practices. Ignor the evidence suggesting that prayer, meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and/or mental imaging help to reduce stress. The work ethic is good for everyone, always! Get rid of your social support system Let the few friends who are willing to tolerate you know that you concern yourself with friendships only if you have time, and you never have time. If a few people persist in trying to actively care about you, avoid them. Personalize all criticism Anyone who criticizes any aspect of your work, family, dog, room, house, or car is mounting a personal attack. Do not take time to listen, be offended, and then return the attack Throw out your sense of humor. Staying stressed is no laughing matter, and it should not be treated as one. Males and Females alike - be macho - or at least stoic! Never, never ask for help, and if you want it done right, do it yourself! Become a workaholic Put work before everything else, and be sure to take work home evenings and weekends. Keep reminding yourself that vacations and time off are for sissies. Discard good time management skills and work/study boundaries. Schedule in more activities every day than you can possibly get done and then worry about it all whenever you get a chance. Procrastinate! Putting things off to the last second always produces a marvelous amount of stress. Worry about things you cannot control Worry about the stock market, earthquakes, and the approaching ice age, you know, all the big issues. Become not only a perfectionist but set impossibly high standards... ...and either beat yourself up, or feel guilty, depressed, discouraged, and/or inadequate when you do not meet them. References What is Stress? Stress:
1. Is the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change. (American Institute of Stress, 2007)
2. "Occurs when environmental demands outweigh one's abilities to meet those demands." (Dolbier & Rush 2012) Outcomes of Stress Positive: Motivates
Encourages growth
Helps develop values
Accompanies maturation
Increases resilience Negative Chronic stress can: Inhibit body's immune system Depression and Anxiety Anger Forgetfulness High blood pressure Back ache Disrupted sleep patterns Weight gain Substance abuse Decrease ability to focus Lower Sex Drive Headaches Decrease productivity Common Causes of Stress in Student Employee's Greater Academic Demands
Independence, new responsibilities
Shifts in Social Life
Finance, Loans, Bills, etc.
Exposure to new things
Being away from home/ family
Increased decision making
Substance abuse
Sexuality, Identity, and Orientation
Perception of pressure to succeed
ETC....... One of the biggest causes of stress is not having enough TIME Time Management is actually... SELF-Management Stress & The College Student. National Health Ministries. PC(USA)
http://www.uic.edu/depts/wellctr/docs/Stress%20and%20the%20College%20Student.pdf Dolbier, C.L., & Rush, T.E. (2012). Efficacy of abbreviated progressive muscle relaxation in a high-stress college sample. International Journal of Stress Management 19.1. 48-68 Wilks, S.E., & Spivey, C.A. (2010). Resilience in undergraduate social work students: social support and adjustment to academic stress. Social Work Education. 29.3. 276-288.
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