This post is all about 10 things everyone needs to know about stress.
As college students, you probably hear the word, stress a lot.
“Don’t stress yourself out.”
But what exactly is stress? And why do we hear so many people talking about it?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, stress is how the brain and body respond to any demand. Any type of challenge—such as performance at work or school, a significant life change, or a traumatic event—can be stressful.
Stress can go as far to affecting your health. Many health related diseases are linked to stress.
It’s important to get acquainted with stress and what it means for you and your body because it could be affecting you right now without you knowing.
10 Things Everyone Needs To Know About Stress
1.You are not alone. If classes currently have you stressing like you’ve never experienced stress before, please understand that you are not alone. Many people experience stress on a day to day basis. Many of the people who are experiencing stress are all around you on a daily basis. While there are some people who can manage stress well, there are others who have a really hard time with it.
2. Stress is not always bad. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in a dangerous situation, stress signals the body to prepare to face a threat or flee to safety. In these situations, your pulse quickens, you breathe faster, your muscles tense, and your brain uses more oxygen and increases activity—all functions aimed at survival and in response to stress. In non-life threatening situations, stress can motivate people, such as when they need to take a test or interview for a new job.
3. You can prevent stress. By understanding your triggers and what situations stress you out, you can prevent stress from happening all together or not as often. Let’s say you always become stressed around mid-terms. What can you do to make sure stress doesn’t take over? Maybe you can study as much as possible to make sure you are fully prepared.
You could also say positive affirmations to yourself on a consistent basis to rewire your brain to think positively instead of edging towards the negative side of things.
Really sit down with yourself and understand what is the root cause of your stress. Once you identify what your triggers are, you will begin to be able to manage your stress effectively.
4. Stress can affect your health. The reason why we need to be really careful about the things that we allow to stress us out is because they can cause health issues. On the not so serious side, you may have noticed how stress causes people to sweat, break out into hives and have shifts in attitude.
On the more serious side, stress can compromise your immune system which may leave you more vulnerable to infections. Have you ever been so stressed out that you actually got sick? Prolonged stress can cause Type 2 Diabetes and so much more.
5. Everyone handles stress differently. Some people are so good at handling stress that they can function perfectly fine. They may be super stressed on the inside, but on the outside they look cool as a cucumber.
Others may break into sweats, hives etc.
If you do not handle stress well, don’t compare yourself to those who do. Stress can be hard to manage. You can also take into account what is causing you to be stressed. Life is hard and with the things some of us deal with on a daily basis, it’s no reason why most of us are stressed.
Take it one day at a time and be committed to doing the work—figuring out what makes you stressed and how to manage it.
6. Have the right attitude about stress. If you believe that your life sucks and there’s nothing you can do about it, stop it right now. Change your perspective on your situation and watch how your life changes almost instantly. Our lives are a direct manifestation of our thoughts.
If you truly believe there is nothing you can do about your situation, then you will never try to change it.
If you believe that something can be done, then you’ll begin to take steps to make a change. It really is that simple. Take the necessary steps to change your situation so that stress doesn’t rule your life.
7. Get help if you are feeling overwhelmed. Seek professional help if you’ve tried everything and just can’t seem to shake being stressed day in and day out. Use your campus resources and talk to someone about how you’re feeling. After all, it’s not healthy to keep everything bottled in, it just makes everything worse.
And don’t feel embarrassed about seeking help. Forget about how people may perceive you and what they may think about how you are handling the situation. At the end of the day, you have to do what is best for you.
Truth be told, deep down inside we all know what we should be doing. But, we wait on outside people to confirm what we are feeling. That is not necessary. Go with your gut feeling and what you know to be true. Trust yourself and be confident in your decisions.
It’s important to have someone in your corner who you can “let it all out to.” Like we said before, keeping it all in will on only hurt you in the long run.
8. Meditation can help with stress. Some of the benefits of meditation are: increasing patience and tolerance, focusing on the present, building skills to manage your stress, gaining a new perspective on stressful situations and so much more.
Meditation gives one an overwhelming sense of peace. Which can help you to become present and help you manage stressful situations more effectively throughout the day.
Try meditating on a regular basis to better help with stressful situations. Overtime you will notice that things that used to bother you no longer have a hold on you. You’ll become more aware of the things that cause you to become stressed.
You’ll also have a more effective way for dealing with it. Be consistent in your meditation and do not expect results overnight. Keep going until you see the desired results. Of course, results will vary depending on the person. We suggest that you meditate in the mornings before you start your day and at the end of each day.
That way you can jump start the day with fresh awareness and you can end the day by processing everything that happened throughout the day.
9. Journaling can help with stress. Make sure you check out our 12 journaling tips for stress relief. You’d be surprised how much weight can be lifted from your shoulders by simply writing down your thoughts.
If you can’t fathom opening up to a complete stranger, journaling may be the best option for you. It’s even more effective to go back through your journal to see how you were feeling a week ago or maybe a month ago. It’ll give you a true analysis of whether things are getting better for you or if you are declining.
10. Be patient with yourself. Results will not come overnight so be patient with the process. Be unwilling to quit until you break the habit of stressing out on a consistent basis. Keep going and don’t give up. You may feel like you aren’t making any progress, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel.