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Dealing with Stress
What are the causes of stress?
Stress is a part of every day life. A little bit of stress can actually motivate us to perform better. But when there is a substantial imbalance in an individual's perception of the demands placed on them and their ability to meet those demands, a person can experience a high stress level, which over time can result in health problems.
How do you recognize stress?
There are several signs and symptoms that you may notice when experiencing stress. Symptoms may include but are not limited to:
- Feeling anxious, irritable, or moody
- Low self-esteem
- Inability to concentrate
- Difficulty sleeping
- Muscle tension especially in neck or lower back
- Susceptibility to illness
- Change in appetite (increase or decrease)
How do you reduce stress?
Many sources of stress can be changed, eliminated, or minimized. Here are some things that you can do to reduce your stress level:
- Make realistic goals
- Think positive
- Learn to manage your time wisely
- Exercise regularly and eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Become aware of your own reactions to stress
- Become a part of a support system of people you trust
- Use relaxation and meditation techniques
For more information:
GVSU Counseling & Career Development Center
American Institute of Stress
Page last modified September 14, 2010