Stress is the combination of psychological, physiological, and behavioral reactions that people have in response to events that threaten or challenge them. Stress can be good or bad depending on the situation which someone is facing. Sometimes, stress can be helpful, providing people with the extra energy or alertness they need. This type of stress is called eustress. Unfortunately, most stress does not fall under that catagory and can become harmful when not managed effectively. This is known as distress and is what most people are referring to when they mention stress. Distress can increase the risk of developing health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and anxiety disorders. Stress can be thought of in terms of stressors and stress responses. Stressors are events that threaten or challenge people. They are the sources of stress, such as having to make decisions, getting married, and natural disasters.

Stress responses are psychological, physiological, and behavioral reactions to stressors. Anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and muscle tension are all examples of stress responses. You can test your stress by taking many different stress tests or exercise electrocardiography, a test that evaluates the performance of the heart by subjecting it to controlled amounts of physical stress. An example of a stress test would be the B.U. Medical Scholl stress test which I personally scored relatively low on. I attribute this to my paying to my attitude and my health, physically and mentally. I know that many students, and sometimes I do, feel an increase in stress and anxiety when writing a paper, meeting a deadline, or studying for an exam. This can cause twitching, trembling, muscle tension, headaches, sweating, irritability, fatigue, and even dry mouth.

I deal with this by just having a positive additude, by knowing that I can complete the task in front of me and following a few simple rules for myself. By following these a student that scored high on the stress test can do many things to lower their level of stress. First off, when dealing with stress a student’s physical well being and the attitude of that student need to be improved. To start this, the student must think positive. Positive thinking not only decreases the stress level in the body, but it also acts as a confidence builder. Making an effort to stop negative thoughts and think more towards positive ones changes the total mindset of that student. Instead of thinking negative thoughts about a test, the student needs to focus on doing well instead. Secondly, you’re encouraged to start an exercise program. Exercise is a major stress reliever. It frequently is one of the best physical stress-reduction techniques available.

It not only improves health and reduces stress caused by unfitness, but it also relaxes tense muscles and helps to sleep; a much needed benefit for many students. Exercise has a number of other positive benefits such as: it improves blood flow to the brain, bringing additional sugars and oxygen, which may be needed when a student is thinking intensely. Additionally, exercise can cause a release of chemicals called endorphins into the blood stream. These give a feeling of happiness and well being; and the happier a student is, the more confidence they usually have in themselves. Thirdly, nutrition plays a big factor when dealing with stress. The saying “you are what you eat” is a true statement. If a student eats healthy and nutritious food, then chances are that they will be more energetic and motivated to do things.

On the other hand, students who eat junk food tend to be less motivated. Students should eat on a reasonable schedule and not skip meals. Many are pressed for time and they’ll skip meals or just grab food to go; something else not good for their body. Students need to learn to eat regular balanced diets to keep their bodies functioning properly. Lastly, relaxing and taking some time for oneself does wonders for ones level of stress. Relaxation techniques such as: listening to music, daydreaming, sleeping, reading, etc. When used properly helps alleviate stress that is building in oneself. Taking time out of their schedule for personal interests and hobbies also acts in the same manner as relaxation. Students need to take time from stressful situations and do what makes them happy and have fun.

This helps keep the stressful student’s mind off of things and allow them to retreat somewhere to think and relax. In conclusion, knowing how one becomes stressed makes it much easier to deal with. Some stress can be good, but mainly it can be very harmful and have a lot of effects on a ones body. Stress can not always be avoided, but it can almost always be treated. The ways that I listed above are techniques that I use to prevent and deal with stress. Anyother student dealing with stress just needs to relax and deal with their problems with ease, instead of making things hard on themselves. Things eventually will fall into place; just have patience and life becomes a lot less stressful.