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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

Overcome the Setbacks

Whatever your exercise program, be aware that you'll encounter setbacks along the way. But especially if you're just beginning a program, you may not know how to deal with them. Maybe a sore muscle will discourage you from working out for several days. Maybe you'll be too tired after a hard day at work. Or maybe you'll talk yourself out of going because you're just too mentally tired to think about it.

It's what you do when you encounter these setbacks that matters. Handled properly, they'll just be temporary. But if you're not prepared for them, you may let them bring your program to a halt.

These setbacks don't have to be program stoppers, though. If you're prepared for them, you can take steps to prevent them. Or when they occur, simply accept them and take up your program again after a short break. Expect the following setbacks:
Physical fatigue. This usually means you're taking it a little too vigorously and should give your body a rest. Resume your workouts in a day or two.
Aches and pains. You probably won't escape these when you're working out hard. When this happens, try a variety of activities that use different muscle groups. If you injure your calf running, for example, you can still swim. You'll be challenging your cardiovascular system but not overstressing your leg. If aches and pains seem extreme, reduce the intensity of your workout or see your doctor.
Mental fatigue. This may indicate that you're bored with your routine or suffering from undue stress. Reassess your fitness goals and look for a variety of ways to make your routine more interesting.

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