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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

Stress Can Make You Sick - Calming Down

The relationship between stress and your health is a complex one. However, numerous studies confirm that long-term stress suppresses the immune system. With a weakened immune system, the body becomes more vulnerable to infections such as colds and the flu and diseases. It can slow the recovery time from surgery and increase the severity of illness. Also, it's been shown that a suppressed immune system may allow cancerous tumors to grow more quickly, thus reducing a person's chances of surviving some forms of cancer. In addition to hindering the body's disease-fighting capabilities, other effects of stress on the body include

Muscle twitches and tics
Angina and heart rate disturbances
Indigestion and irritable colon
Hair loss
Bruxism (teeth grinding)
Eczema and psoriasis

Staying Healthy

Try these steps to help shield yourself against an over-load of stress.

Live a healthy lifestyle. Eat sensibly, don't smoke, get plenty of exercise and sleep, and limit how much alcohol you drink.

Face your fears and problems. Simply relaxing or thinking positively won't make stress from problems go away. Develop an emotional support network. Help's available from friends, family, financial consultants, your doctor, mental health professionals and your minister.

Learn to recognize warning signs that stress is getting out of hand. For example, tense shoulders and neck, clenched hands into fists or feeling sick.

Take a break. Even one day off or a weekend away can do wonders. Also, a short break every hour at work can help relieve stress.

Take steps to solve problems. Work to solve conflicts with other people as soon as possible. Get help with projects that turn out to be more than you can reasonably do.

Identify the reason(s) for undue stress and try to alter or eliminate the causes.

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