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questions about how to deal with stress? Here's where to find
the answers in
Roommate Is Driving Me Crazy!
I wouldn't be so stressed if it weren't for my roommate! What
can I do about my situation?
See page 198
I relax by having a few beers. I don't think I have a problem,
but my roommate disagrees. Whose right?
See page 158
I'm so stressed that I'm having trouble concentrating. Should
I see a counselor?
See page 166
with Stress: 15 Tips
College can be stressful because there's
so much to deal with: roommates, dating, classes, finances,
parents, job interviews, or just life in general.
Healthy levels of stress keep us functioning at peak levels,
but stress overload makes us shut down. Some signs
of too much stress include headaches, stomach cramps, racing
heart and/or sweaty palms, irregular sleep patterns, and
feeling angry, irritable, or tense.
There are tons of ways people attempt
to relax, but not all of them are healthy. Smoking, drinking
alcohol or caffeinated drinks, and eating junk food may
make you feel good for the moment, but actually cause the
opposite effect. Caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and alcohol
spike your adrenaline level, but then leaves you feeling
drained when it drops. As alternatives, here are fifteen
healthy ways to de-stress and re-energize. These ideas won't
change your situation, but they will give you a chance to
relax and regroup.
Listen to your favorite music.
a pet store and play with a kitten or puppy.
Read a book for pleasure.
Rent or go to a movie.
Go to a ballgame and scream.
Plan your spring break or summer vacation. Read the
Buy some playdough, balloons, or a Slinky.
Buy a 64-count box of crayons and color.
Get some old vacation posters. Put them up near your bed
To learn more about campus mental health