Everyone experiences stress at different times and for different reasons throughout the year, often as we make an effort to balance our work with our home lives. While some stress can be good and help motivate us to get things done, large amounts of stress can be harmful.
During higher-stress times, finding a balance is key to managing our physical and emotional health. So how can we find that balance?Finding a good method to help you manage stress is key to making it through the semester without burning out.
Stress shows up differently for everyone. Some people have a very physical reaction to stress, experiencing symptoms like lower energy, headaches, sweating or an upset stomach. Others may have more emotional symptoms like constant worrying, racing thoughts or feeling overwhelmed. Some of us may experience a combination of the two.
Paying attention to how stress manifests and how it affects you can help in finding a method to manage it. No matter how our bodies react to stress, learning ways to manage it can help us stay healthy physically and emotionally.
Managing stress can be a simple, quick breathing exercise or a process over a few days or weeks. Try out a few methods to see how you can most effectively manage stress.
There are a variety of free resources on campus to help faculty and staff with stress management: