Stress: How to Cope
Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. At least that’s what Psychology Today says stress is. Everyone feels and deals with stress differently. For some, stress is a knot in the pit of their stomach that grows and grows. For others, it’s a headache at the nape of their neck. Everyone also has a different “breaking point.” Anything from closing your door and crying to screaming in your car. Prolonged stress has been proven to cause health problems, in this graphic you can see where stress can effect each part of the body.
Emotional eating or “stress eating,” is also a big problem for people who suffer with extreme stress and anxiety. If you are a stress eater like me then make sure you are at least mindfully eating. You can find the do’s and don’ts of stress eating in this next graphic.
Everyone has different ways to relieve stress. According to Dr. Julius Austin, a counselor at the University Counseling Center at Nicholls State University, a great way to decrease your stress level is to turn off your phone for at least 15 minutes a day. Trust me, I think it would increase my stress level, but it didn’t. If you are super stressed, give it a try. You may also want to look into something called a Serenity Space. It’s a calming space just for you. At Nicholls, we are lucky enough to have one provided for us. For more information regarding our Serenity Space and how you can create one for yourself, you can watch the slideshow below.
Serenity Space photo credit: Nicholls State Univeritiy Counseling Center
Simple Tips and Tricks for Everyone!
If you’re like me, you’re always stressed. The smallest thing will throw a monkey wrench into your day and it’s over. The stress takes over immediately. This is bad. It’s not good for your body, physically or mentally. It leads to all types of problems mentioned earlier and makes you no fun to be around! I know that it seems like you can never get away from your stress because it just keeps growing, but try some of the tips in the video below to help cope with the stress you feel.