Stress, Stress, and More Stress

Before I came to college I was never really someone who got stressed out. My work load in high school wasn't too bad and it seemed like there was enough time in the day to get done everything I needed to. But when I got to college it was a totally different story. I don't think there's a day that I don't feel stressed or have anxiety about something. And if you're like me you think why am I always stressed? What can be done to reduce or stop this stress?

According to when your body feels dangers, your mind gets put into a stress response mode, as known as "fight or flight" mode. Everything just kicks into high gear. The stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol are released into your body and sometimes it can help you by making you more focused or giving you more strength in a life threatening situation. But other times it can interfere with your life by making you moody, hurting your productivity and other aspects of your life. 

There are ways to help reduce stress so that it is bearable. First and foremost if you don't have an active outlet to let stress release you probably should. NetDoctor explains how athletes don't suffer with bad stress because they have their sport to release all the bad stress hormones. They are able to just clear their minds and not think of the stress in their lives. In a college town you hear students saying "I've been so stressed this week. I can't wait to drink it off tonight." That is the wrong way of dealing with stress. In fact it's not even dealing with stress, it's ignoring stress and in time it will just grow and grow. Help Guide gave four steps to help with stress that are healthy and definitely work:

1. Avoid Unnecessary Stress
Don't take on projects that you know you won't have time for just to please someone. It's only going to hurt you in the long run.

2. Alter the Situation
If you can't avoid the stress in your life think of way that you can soften it or make it easier for you in the future so you won't be as stressed again.

3. Adapt the Stressor
Allow yourself to be in control of the stress you have. Take it one day at a time. Just think of everything in smaller increments rather than a huge lists of things that needs to be completed.  

4. Accept the Things You Can't Change
There are some things in your life you can't change and if you try to it will cause more stress. You must accept what can't be change and focus on the things that can be. 

Stress is an unwanted problem in life, but it is undeniable that it will happen. You just have to know the right ways of dealing with it so it doesn't control you.



I was the exact same way in high school. I never was stressed out because I felt that everything was manageable. However, once coming to college I have been overwhelmed with stress. I have no idea why either. Back in high school, I had a part time job which consumed most of my time and I still was never stressed out about my school work and everything else. Now, I don't even have a job but the stress is much worse. I have a feeling that it may be because we realize how college is so much more important than high school was. I mean, our whole lives depend on us doing well here. Those tips are very helpful in relieve stress. I will try and remember to do those the next time I get stressed out.

It really sucks that most people weren't prepared for the stress of college. I was definitely one of those people. However, over time you learn to deal with stress by getting better with time management, or not biting off more than you can chew. Did you know that certain foods cause stress? Tea, coffee, energy drinks, alcohol, butter, cheese, fast food, meat, shellfish, almonds and soda are some of these stress triggers, to name a few. Although all these foods may taste good, especially when under stress, they really aren't helping your body. Caffeine, calories, fat and carbs are present in most of those foods, which don't benefit your body in any way. It's important to be eating foods that contain vitamins and minerals when you're stressed out about something. Next time you're stressed try eating vegetables, fruit, yogurt or even just drink a lot of water!

Stress really is an unhealthy thing that can be difficult to deal with. You can feel the difference in your body when you are stressed about something in your life such as an upcoming test. It makes you feel less than 100% and wears you down.

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