Stress is the body’s physical and psychological response to a challenge or event. Although stress is a normal part of everyday life, if it is not managed appropriately stress can have negative health effects. The American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment indicated that 31% of students identified stress as a factor affecting their individual academic performance within the last 12 months. Stress was the number one academic impact followed by anxiety (25.1%), and sleep difficulties (21.4%).

Managing stress means using tools and coping mechanisms to help mitigate the negative effects of stress on the body.

The American Psychological Association offers the following tips to manage stress:

  • Take a break from the stressor
  • Exercise
  • Smile and laugh
  • Seek out social support
  • Meditate

For additional information on stress, check out the NIH’s 5 Things You Should know About Stress.

Managing the CHAOS

This interactive presentation will help students identify current stressors in their lives and develop techniques to better manage their time and reduce stress. After this presentation student will be able to:

  • Identify their top three stressors
  • Identify at least three coping mechanisms
  • Increase knowledge of campus resources offering stress management support