Many 2013 resolutions are about creating a more stress-free life. However, we all know this is much easier said than done.
Stephen Burke, a senior, said, "At school, I mean, balancing everything. It's hard between work and I'm in a fraternity so it's hard to balance fraternity work, work, schoolwork, and I work at SCA as well. So it's, it's just hard balancing everything and trying to find time to do homework, eat, sleep, and that's what makes me most stressed at school."
Eric Martin, a sophomore, said, "I do a lot. I'm involved in a lot of different clubs and organizations, I'm an RA, so on top of all of that, you know, I have to really learn time management."
Students have once again fallen into the routine of classes. But as all college kids know, with classes comes work, and with work comes stress. Not to mention sports, jobs, clubs, and any other organizations we're involved with. So how do students handle all this? Well STN sat down with experts to see what they had to say about dealing with stress.
Samantha Morris, a psychotherapist at the University of Hartford, said, "There's a lot of different stress reduction techniques and it's really up to the person to figure out what's best for them. For some people it's going to the gym, um exercising is an excellent stress reduction technique, uh for other people it's just taking some quiet time at the end of the day to maybe spend time with friends, watch a movie, just really unwind, anything to really relax."
Not only did Morris give us these helpful tips to keep in mind, but she also talked about one more thing that college kids tend to forget about.
She said, "Another aspect that I always tell college students is, keep an eye on your sleeping habits. There's a lot of research that shows that not getting enough sleep can absolutely impact your levels of stress. It can make your tolerance for stressers a lot lower. Sleep is incredibly important to your brain and all your biological functions." »
Some places that can be of help to students on campus for stress are, the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Center for Reading and Writing for help on homework, and Health Services for those physical symptoms that stress can cause us to get.Back to Main Page