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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

Health & Safety Travel Tips

ou've waited all year for a trip. Now that take-off time is almost here, a few precautions can help make sure you arrive healthy and safe. After all, one mishap on a trip - such as being mugged or twisting an ankle - can ruin your whole excursion. Let the following suggestions ensure you have a bon voyage!

Pack some healthy snacks. You might fly for hours without being served a meal. Or if you have a layover at a bus terminal or are caught in heavy traffic, you may miss the opportunity for timely, healthy meals.

Remember that overhead baggage bins in airplanes can pop open and spill the contents on top of you. Double check to make sure those near you are securely closed. Also, these bins are hunting grounds for baggage thieves. They sometimes sit toward the front, grab what they can and escape through the jetway before anyone knows what happened. If possible, stow your carry-on luggage at your feet or in a bin close enough so you can keep an eye on it.

If you're traveling to a foreign destination, learn about health problems there before you go. Contact the Centers for Disease Control at 888-232-3228 or www.cdc.gov. In some countries, for example, it's not safe to drink the water or eat citrus fruits. In some, you may need an important vaccination.

Take extra cash and an extra credit card. Carry them on your person in different places so if one is lost or stolen, the others won't be. Invest in a travel wallet that can be hidden under your clothes

Be street smart. Don't assume an area is safe just because many tourists frequent it. The motel you've just checked in to may be in the worst part of town, for example, but you have no way of knowing. If a situation makes you feel uncomfortable, heed your suspicions and protect yourself.

Notify someone when you expect to arrive, so they'll be alerted if you don't show up on time.

Pack light. Carrying too much heavy luggage can cause back and shoulder pain that will spoil your trip.

Pack a flashlight so you'll be able to light your way in strange and perhaps unsafe places.

Take it easy and stay in control. Getting somewhere can be very stressful if you let it be. And when you're under lots of stress, it's easier to make a mistake that can cause an accident. You may twist an ankle while running, for example. Or if you make a stranger angry at you, you may find yourself in a dangerous or threatening situation.

Have a contact you can call for help at your destination. It can be the relative of a friend, the Travelers Aid Society or your insurance towing service.

Pack a small first-aid kit.A few bandages, a pain reliever and some antibiotic ointment can help most minor ailments.

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