Published: April 7, 2016
Bicyclist looking at a sunset atop a rock outcropping on a mountain

There is such thing as good stress and bad stress. A wise person once said, "The person who is not feeling stress is dead!" Good stress motivates us to address problems, and do the tasks we need to. Bad stress can become toxic and we can respond by becoming immobilized or trying to escape. That can get in the way of getting things done, especially at this time of year.

Tips for managing your stress and demands:  

  • Turn off Netflix, and limit digital engagement (i.e. social media)
  • Make a to-do list
  • Do the first thing 
  • Stand up and move around after every hour of sitting still
  • Make sure you're eating regularly and trying to get 7-9 hours of sleep 
  • Do not let the perfect be the enemy of the good!  One of the things people learn in college is how to produce complex material on a deadline-- and it is indeed a learned skill
  • Everyone feels overwhelmed at times. This is perfectly normal, and not a reflection on your worth as a person or your right to be a Buff


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