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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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Try These Stress Savers to Avoid Holiday Season Burnout

Very few of us get through the holiday season without suffering symptoms of the "too-much-to-do flu." Estimates are that nearly half of all Americans experience everyday tension, a figure that's probably increased in the wake of ongoing world events. To keep yourself free of holiday burnout, but still motivated to get things done, check out the "sanity-saver" ideas below.

Saying "no" is okay.
Huge amounts of stress are caused when we take on extra projects at work and at home. If you don' t have time to organize the office holiday party, host a family meal or run the school bake sale, say so firmly and without guilt. It may help to suggest another individual who would be willing to handle such a task, or buy yourself some time by agreeing to do a project at a later date. For every project you agree to take on, be sure another one is delegated or completed so that it's off your list.
Be willing to stand firm when others try to talk or "guilt" you into changing your mind. And don't make excuses - "no" is a valid response.

Adjust your energy level.
If you wake up more tired than when you went to bed or are overeating to gain energy, it's a sign your lifestyle is out of whack. To gain the energy you need for extra holiday activities, be sure to eat on a regular schedule. Nutritionists recommend a light breakfast, mid-morning snack, mid-day lunch and an early dinner. As best you can, avoid high-fat, high-sugar holiday treats. Opt for natural energy snacks such as orange juice or a fistful of almonds. If you're recovering from a late night, be sure to drink plenty of water and get extra sleep the next day.

Use the write stuff.
Putting your emotions down on paper is a well-established stress reliever. It can be done in the few minutes after you wake up or before you go to bed, either in longhand or on the computer. Don't worry about format, grammar or spelling. If you don' t feel like writing, draw a picture. It can indeed be worth a thousand words as it provides a clue to what you're really thinking and feeling.

Keep spending under control.
Many people find that their holiday spending has spiraled out of control. To reverse this trend, determine in advance your spending limit per person or buy fewer gifts altogether. Extended families may find it feasible to draw names, rather than buy small items for every individual. Homemade gifts are another often-overlooked way to save money and create a uniquely special present. Agreeing to a compromise will help out family members with less money and reduce stress for everyone.

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