Stress is defined as strain and pressure from physical, chemical, emotional, or environmental factors, resulting in increased tension or “wear and tear” on the body. Sometimes stress can serve as a positive force, improving our performance and increasing our productivity. Too often, however, the stresses of our lives leave us feeling drained and overwhelmed. Since stress cannot be completely eliminated, learning to manage stress more effectively is the best solution.
Keys to Managing Stress
If you find that you are feeling irritable, tired most of the time, unable to concentrate, or experiencing restlessness and sleep disturbances, you may want to seek professional help for stress management. Relaxation techniques are often helpful, and a professional can assist you in exploring more adaptive stress management methods. Contact the Counseling Center at 348-3863 for an appointment. You may also want to learn more about stress by viewing the Mind/Body Health Interactive available here.