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Stress is the body’s reaction to a challenge. Though stress is often perceived as bad, it can actually be good in some respects. The right kind of stress can sharpen the mind and reflexes. It might be able to help the body perform better, or help you escape a dangerous situation.Stress produces a physiological reaction in your body. Hormones are released, which results in physical manifestations of stress. These can include slowed digestion, shaking, tunnel vision, accelerated breathing and heart rate, dilation of pupils and flushed skin. This process is often referred to as the “fight or flight” response. That is just what it sounds like: Our bodies are poised to either run away from the stressor or stick around and fight against it.According to the American Psychological Association, there are three types of stress: acute, episodic acute and chronic…(mygenericpharmacy)
thanks a lot for the knowledge you have about SAD am sure it will help me reduce my anxiety as well while at campus
I agree with azure. Mild to moderate anxiety should respond to the measures discussed in this article. Indeed, we all will benefit from exercise, healthful food choices, positive relationships and adequate sleep. But the college situation, life in general, and the anxiety itself make achieving these goals daunting. Even the process of seeking help can be overwhelming.
I can only wish there’d be as much data re: college anxiety when I was a student, I spent the first two years at school feeling alone in and ashamed of my anxieties.
I have to laugh at the advice re: getting enough sleep–where did the writers go to college? Did they live in dorms? I had no problem WANTING to sleep, I had to move to a different residential quad to GET any sleep, particularly on weekends–because of all the partying in the courtyard of the first dorm I lived in (until winter arrived, then it probably moved indoors). My 2nd floor window looked out onto the courtyard.
Someone (a counselor) had to tell me that I could move, I didn’t know I could and it sure wasn’t the RA who did. Despite the tight on campus housing situation at that time, I was able to find a room (& a new roommate) in a set of dorms housing mostly grad students, nursing students, foreign students w/a scattering of undergrads like me–those people were far quieter, almost all the time. As for introducing myself to someone, yeah, right, I was quite shy at the time. Quite often, on the occasions I did speak to someone, they weren’t interested. I feel fortunate that I had an off campus activity (a physical activity), I became acquainted w/people (students, non-students) through the activity and by the 2nd semester, it provided a part-time job too.
I feel lucky that my 2nd roommate & I were compatible, we’re still friends many years later, and that a few of the faculty at that school were helpful, kind, & interested in at least some of their students. The school itself was adding at least one major building/year, had some good researchers (sciences) so many of the faculty were more interested in grad students then undergrads, Because of all that was happening, the campus was often physically a mess, and the administratton sometimes fairly disorganized. There were a few mental health people available at the infirmary, but if more then a relatively small % of students had sought help, they would’ve been quickly overwhelmed.
Something I liked about the school though, was a quality that perhaps isn’t something the writers would recommend: the school made it clear that this wasn’t high school: didn’t want to go to class? Fine. If you ended up on academic probation, oh well. Your choice, your problem to solve. I was so tired of being told what to do all the time, that I had to show up even if the instructor was boring, I knew the material already but even if you do, points off or detention if you’re not in class, that I thought having that much choice was great. I usually went to class anyway, but it was my choice, not because someone was using a “stick” to make me go.
Mental Health Issues: reduce stigma???
It is far wiser to educate people who have been taught to say there is one than to repeat them. See history.
Harold A Maio
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