Higher Education Guide: Stress Management

Stress Management

According to the Mayo Clinic:

Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever-increasing demands of life. Surveys show that many Americans experience challenges with stress at some point during the year.

In looking at the causes of stress, remember that your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones to fuel your capacity for a response. This has been labeled the “fight-or-flight” response.

Once the threat is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal relaxed state. Unfortunately, the nonstop stress of modern life means that your alarm system rarely shuts off.

That’s why stress management is so important.  Stress management gives you a range of tools to reset your alarm system.

Higher Education is infamous for high levels of stress.  You need to have a stress management plan.  This is especially important if you have a chronic illness.  There are many things you can do relieve stress such as: exercise, meditation, hiking, etc.  I believe it is important to pick something that you like doing.

From my perspective, my absence seizures always got worse at the end of the semester when I had the most stress.  When I went back to school, I was teaching math courses while taking graduate level courses at the same time.  At the end of the semester, my stress levels were especially bad.  I needed to reserve time out of my schedule to relax and unwind.  Fortunately, I was able to prevent my tonic-clonic and myoclonic seizures from occurring through regularly taking medicine and meditation.

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