Did you know that students report stress as the number one impediment to academic performance at UC San Diego? (2016 National College Health Association Survey).
While some stress is beneficial to give us that burst of adrenaline to complete tasks, too much stress can be detrimental to our health. Therefore it is very important to take time to de-stress.
What Stress Does to Us
- Depletes energy
- Causes poor concentration
- Tightens muscles
- Causes sleep difficulties
- Makes us edgy/short tempered
- Can lead to relationship difficulties
- May cause us to make poor nutritional choices
- Blood vessels constrict, breathing becomes shallow, blood pressure and pulse may rise
- Blood stream gets flooded with hormones
Ways to De-stress
- Resources and Relaxation (R&R) Squad: a group of trained peer educators from the Student Health and Well-being Cluster that provides free 4-5 minute low intensity neck, back, shoulders and arm/hand rubs to help you de-stress.
Check out the Zone calendar to see the days the R&R Squad is in!
- Learn self massage - a real stress-buster!
- Visit The Zone and take advantage of the various stress-relieving activities they offer students.
- Listen to music
- Participate in regular physical activity. Research shows physical activity helps reduce stress, depression, cardiovascular disease and so much more. There are plenty of opportunities on campus to get physical. Recreation offers fun and affordable classes.
- Get a least 7 hours of sleep each night.
- Learn guided visualization/deep breathing. Counseling and Psychological Services has audio recordings you can listen to on your computer (click on "iRelax Audio").
- Eat nutritious, well-balanced meals.
- Keep a journal.
- Manage your time well.
- If needed, seek out counseling from Counseling and Psychological Services.
Have questions? Contact a Health Educator at (858) 534-1824.