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Understanding What Causes Stress
The first stage in preventing
and lowering your own levels of stress is recognizing what stress
is and what the major causes of stress are.

How is Stress Affecting YOU?
How stressed out are YOU?
Let's take a look into what may
be causing your stress levels to
be where they currently are.

Develop a Stress-Relief
Action Plan

Here are some tips for staying
healthy throughout the year on campus and more.

YOUR Stress Relief PLAN : Managing Daily Habits
Knowing how to manage stress
on a day-to-day basis can be just
as tough as dealing with the
stress itself. Here is a guide to
help you along the way.

Stress Relief Products
In addition to a regular stress management program, there
are many tools available to
assist you on your path to a
stress-free lifestyle. Stress Health Network

Be Kind to Your Shins

hin splints are injuries that cause pain in the front (medial) of the lower leg along your shin bone (tibia). They can be caused by a muscle strain, a stress fracture, inflammation of the tissue between the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) or a buildup of pressure on the muscle on the outer part of the shin.

Stress Health Network Shin splints are likely to occur when you begin performing a routine activity on a harder surface than you're used to. For example, if you're used to jogging on a soft track and move to pavement, or you begin a new activity, such as jumping rope, on a hard surface, you may risk shin splints. Using shoes that are worn out or have inadequate cushioning also can cause shin splints.

Prevent shin splints by selecting soft workout surfaces when possible and strengthening the muscles in your lower legs before you begin any activity that requires running or jumping. Also, stretch your shins before working out.

If you suspect a shin splint, see your doctor for treatment and to rule out a stress fracture or other problem. In most cases, a shin splint disappears after a week or two of resting the leg as much as possible.

Ask your doctor about continuing exercise with a non-weight bearing activity such as swimming or cycling while you're healing. Anti-inflammatory drugs or icing can relieve the pain. Your doctor may recommend a change of shoes, shoe inserts or a change of the duration and intensity of your workouts.

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