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    • Dude, I’m Stressed! Stress Management for Life
      Lori Wangberg, Health Educator
      CMU Health Services
    • What is Stress??
      Defined as the way your body and mind react to any situation, that is new, threatening, or exciting.
      Stress prepares you to act (fight or flight)
      Our response to handling stress determines whether it is harmful or helpful.
      Stress comes from the Latin word “STRICTUS” meaning
      “to draw tight”.
      (College students encounter many stressful situations and it is natural to feel some anxiety)
    • STAGES OF STRESS
      Alarm Reaction – Recognition of stressor
      (evaluation of threat or not)
      Resistance – Deal with the stressor (appropriately or not)
      Final Stage – Exhaustion or Recovery
      (too much stress vs bounce back)
      Source: Stress & Mental Health of College Students, 2006
    • Things that stress us:
      School work
      Job
      Money
      Relationships
      Family
      Time management
      Living arrangements
      Homesickness
      Past experiences
      Social stigmas
      Transitioning
      Peer Pressure
      Ignorance of resources
      Sleep deprivation
      Self esteem
    • College Student Stress Calendar
      September – homesickness, room mate conflicts, academic adjustment, alcohol/substance abuse
      October - midterms, dating/non-dating anxieties, financial strain
      March – Academic with approaching mid terms, senior job /summer job anxiety
      April - Final papers/increase work load, financial worry after spring break costs, social life pressures, formals, etc.
    • When stress is harmful:
      No healthy outlet for this feeling of “tightness”
      Misuse of alcohol or
      other substance abuse, because they don’t solve problems they just mask them and can create more stress, problems.
      sources: “About college and Stress”, Channing L.Bete, Co. ; CMU Counseling Center
    • Healthy ways to cope with stress
      Be realistic, learn to say NO!
      Get rid of Superman/Superwoman
      Choose one task at a time, (making lists seems to reduce stress)
      Healthy lifestyle, good nutrition, adequate sleep, balance work and play
      Share feelings with family, friends
      Learn to forgive, go easy on criticism
      Accept that you can’t control everything
      Stop comparing yourself to others
      sources: National Mental Health Assn.
      American College Health Assn.
    • TEST ANXIETY – Why?
      It is really just nervousness or excitement.
      We start having negative thoughts, stress lowers your IQ by about 10 points
      Need to re-program our thoughts/minds
      Visualize being successful
      Single most important thing during a test is to breathe to reduce tension
      Be adequately prepared, well rested
      Source: CMU Counseling Center
    • Consequences:
      Chronic stress can cause physical symptoms
      60-90% of physician office visits are prompted by stressful related conditions
      Three legged stool (balance)
      -source: Harvard Medical
      School
    • The Wellness Wheel
      Developed by Dr. Bill Hettler
      6 dimensions
      Physical
      Spiritual
      Occupational
      Social
      Emotional
      Intellectual
    • Bill Hettler, M.D.
      1969 –first introduced to wellness and health
      Lifestyle choices = survival in life
      Balance can be difficult to manage, gets easier with practice and as we get older
      Money is not the answer, health is wealth
      Purpose of life is to improve the planet for self, others and descendants
      Try to bring balance to forefront of your consciousness
    • Thank you for your attention!
      “Out of clutter, find simplicity,
      From discord, make harmony,
      In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity”
      ~Albert Einstein
      ~images by microsoftoffice clipart