Stress Management

Helpful tips on how to manage every day stress

Watch out for signs of stress overload

Symptoms of too much stress can be physical, emotional, mental and behavioral. While everyone is different, some common signs are: memory problems, trouble concentrating, racing thoughts, irritability, anger, sadness, headaches, frequent colds and changes in sleep or appetite.

Know your triggers

Stress and its triggers are different for everyone. Certain people, places or situations might produce high levels of stress for you. Think about what causes you stress, and brainstorm solutions. If public speaking or presentations make you stressed, start researching early and practice several times. If there are friends or social situations that cause extreme stress, you may want to avoid them when you are already feeling tense or overwhelmed.

How to reduce stress

+ Exercise: All forms of exercise reduce stress hormones, improve mood, boost energy, etc.

+ Relax: Try a variety of techniques - yoga, breathing exercises, meditation, visualization, etc.

+ Manage your time: Focus on one task at a time. Manage and prioritize your to-do list. Break down big tasks into small single steps or actions.

+ Be realistic: Avoid over committing yourself when you are busy with school.

+ Curb your caffeine: Try and drink no more than one caffeinated beverage a day.

+ Reach out: If you're stressed and overwhelmed, talk to someone. If you feel like you cannot handle the stress on your own, make an appointment with Kellie Nielsen.

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