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Stress Management for College Students
Transcript of Stress Management for College Students
What is stress?
What can we do about stress?
General Adaptation Syndrome (G.A.S.)
Hans Selye (1907 - 1982) - a Montreal-based scientist who furthered our knowledge of stress.
Change your relationship to stress!
Stress gears our body to respond to a perceived emergency, whether it's a bear chasing you or a report that needs to be submitted in two hours.
Our body's response to an event
Fight, Flight, or Freeze
Stress was essential to our ancestors' survival. Some say we have too much stress in our lives. Is that true?
Effects of Stress
High blood pressure?
Increased heart rate
Immune system changes?
Compromised social networks?
Lower problem solving skills?
Breathing speeds up
Digestion slows down
Blood clots faster
Sugar and fat pour into your blood
Is all stress bad?
When have you experienced good stress?
Stress can enhance your performance!
Negative Self Talk
"I'm so stupid."
"Why didn't he say hi to me?"
"I'm not excited about college. It's going to suck just as much as high school. School is school."
Living an Unhealthy Life
Drinking too much caffeine and/or alcohol
Always being too busy
Getting little/no sleep
Our personality traits can cause us stress.
A Type personality
Always say yes to everyone's requests
"As soon as I lose -- lbs, my life will be perfect!"
"I made a mistake in my speech. I'm the worst employee ever. I'll never get the promotion."
"My friend didn't say hi to me, she must not really like me."
Car breaks down
Rules and regulations
Students know all about this!
Major Life Events
Losing your job
Having a baby
Moving to a new home
Experiencing a death in the family
Going to college!
Dealing with other people's tempers, aggression, and anger
People who don't
support your goals.
Are these things stressful for you?
Stress comes from...
...how we react to what happens in our lives.
writing a test
giving a speech
1. Alarm reaction - stress reaction
2. Resistance Stage - body adapts to the stress reaction
3. Exhaustion Stage - after a while, the body can no longer adapt leading to major health consequences and, eventually, death.
Selye pointed out that our bodies can't adapt to stress forever.
Too much or too little stress?
Selye discovered that each person has an optimal stress level, and that finding your optimal level can improve your performance.
Kienzle, A. (2000). Manage stress before it
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Selye, H. (1974). Stress without distress.
Toronto, ON: McClelland and Stewart.
Suzuki, D. T. (1991). Living with stress [VHS].
Toronto, ON: CBC Television
Turkington, C. A. (1998). Stress management
for busy people. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
This Prezi incorporates elements of several Prezis and PowerPoint presentations on Stress Management from:
Kakwasi Somadhi, Professor Emeritus, SCC
Original Prezi by Kristin Morris
adapted by Liz Stevenson
1. Number of Assignments
2. Taking Exams
3. Size of Assignments
4. Low grades on exams or assignments
5. Assignment due dates
6. Class presentations
7. Overall course work load
8. Own expectations (high or low)
9. Spacing or frequency of exams
10. Class assignments
Top 10 College Stressors
Exercise - build it into your routine.
Always take the stairs
if you are able.
Pay attention to your alcohol and caffeine consumption.
Take slow, deep breaths. Always inhale slowly. Quick inhaling and shallow breaths cause negative reactions in your body.
Reach out for help. Talk to someone who cares about you.
Do good. Taking care of others reduces our stress and increases our resilience.
Eliminate multitasking. Do one thing at a time, and turn off all other devices and distractions.