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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.

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No Fifths on the Fourth

Alcohol is as much a part of many people's Independence Day celebration as fireworks. There's often added stress when families get together, and drinks sometimes flow freely at celebrations. Fireworks are dangerous enough. But add alcohol to the mix, and a fun get-together can turn deadly.

Why not establish non-alcoholic holidays for your family? After all, you probably want to set a good example for the youngsters who look up to you. Filling the time with a new tradition such as a camping trip, watching a public fireworks display on lawn chairs from a special site or a touch football game can help.

The following steps can help ensure a non-alcoholic party that's a bang-up success!
Specify a non-alcoholic party in your invitation.
Notify guests who tend to drink too much that they're only welcome if they come sober and stay that way.
Plan your guest list carefully. Take pains to introduce everyone. Help conversations get started and stay going so no one feels left out.
Plan a variety of absorbing activities so no one's bored. Volleyball, Family Feud and cookie decorating by the whole group are all good choices.
Be a positive role model. Provide an atmosphere where people feel comfortable not drinking. Serve plenty of alternatives to alcohol.

A Little Social Drink Will Hurt

If you do decide to drink on the Fourth, take the following precautions to ensure your safety and that of others.

Don't handle fireworks when you've been drinking.
Let someone else do the driving (whether you're in a car, boat or motorcycle), or stay put until you're sober.
Avoid people and situations that encourage you to overindulge.
Buy less alcohol for the Fourth than YOU should drink. Lots of people imagine they'll buy enough to share with others, then drink it all themselves.

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