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How to Manage College Stress

Comm 1000

Kaitlin L

on 1 May 2013

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Transcript of How to Manage College Stress

A Day in the Life:
How to Manage College Stress Bibliography Stress "Stress can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous" (University of Maryland School of Medicine).

Stress is "a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances" (Oxford Dictionary). Alvord, Mark K., et al. “Understanding Chronic Stress.” Apa.org. American
Psychological Association. N.d. Web. 1 March 2013. “Five Facts about College Stress.” In.princetonreview.com. Princeton
Review, 12 Dec. 2011. Web. 1 March 2013. 3 Steps for Managing Stress 1. Identify
2. Analyze
3. Prioritize Goelitz, Jeff. “Campus Overload: Students Can’t Let Stress Become Their
New Norm.” Washingtonpost.com. Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2011. Web. 1 March 2013. “Stress.” Oxforddictionaries.com. Oxford University Press, April 2010. Web. 1 March 2013. Stress and the College Student. National Health Ministries. Feb. 2006. Web. 1 March 2013. Identify What am I thinking? Evaluate Prioritize Basic Needs Strategies What can I do? Know your limits
Don't over-commit
Organize: thoughts & things
Know what's expected, ask if you don't know
Turn off the electronics
Find healthy ways to express your problems
Do things you enjoy: like eat some chocolate
Don't stress about stress! Stress and the College Student. National Health Ministries. Feb. 2006. Web. 1 March 2013. Zieve, David and David R. Eltz. “Stress and Anxiety Overview.” Umm.edu. University of
Maryland Medical Center, 16 June 2011. Web. 1 March 2013. In other words

Stress is the body's response to any real or perceived threat. "I don't know how I'm ever going to get everything done."
"I should do well on this test or I am a failure."
"My friends should say hi when I see them in the valley."
" If my grade doesn't make the cut my future will be ruined."

Often our thoughts can shape a cycle of defeat & cause unnecessary stress. What am I feeling? Afraid, Frustrated, Hurt, Neglected, Uncomfortable, Incapable, Pressured, Tired, Vulnerable, Rejected, Disgusted, Offended, Conflicted, Crabby, Dissatisfied, Hopeless, Crushed, Spiteful, Threatened, Bitter, Confused, Conflicted, Disrespected, Overwhelmed, etc.

Emotions help measure our thoughts and what is happening inside us. Why am I feeling these things?
What is the cause? Giving a speech
Taking a test
Long "To Do" list
Change: physical environment, major, etc.
World & local problems Planning for the future
Wondering "what if..."
Pleasing others
Making major decisions
Student loans/$ Eat well
Limit caffeine & sugar
Get 7+ hours of sleep
Basic personal care & hygiene
Form healthy relationships
Intentionally relax By Identifying, Analyzing, & Prioritizing the things in our lives, we can stress less & enjoy our college experience to the fullest! "Stress is like spice-in the right proportion it enhances the flavor of a dish. too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you."
Donald Tubesing What does it do? Princeton Review: Stress can cause
Smart people to do stupid things
The body to work on overload

The Good News: Stress can be Controlled Intro to Speech Communication 1000
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