Student Life

Counselling and Personal Development


Preventing stress

We can all experience stress from time to time, but when daily commitments are not managed well, the stress can become overwhelming. Learn about stress, how to prevent it, and how to deal with it when you have it.

What is stress?

Stress is experienced when you perceive there are high demands made on your time, ability, or personal resources, and you also perceive that you have little control over these demands. Because your perception plays an important part in experiencing stress, it is a very individual thing and varies enormously between individuals.

When you experience stress you have three choices of reaction available to you, Fight, Flight, or Flow. You can Fight your way through the demand by confronting it and giving it your best shot. You can take Flight from it and avoid the stress. Or you can Flow with the situation and see where it takes you. Making the right decision about how to react will reduce your stress, making the wrong one can increase the stress.

Quick tips to prevent and deal with stress

  1. Plan, plan, plan your daily commitments.
  2. Find out what is required of you at work etc.
  3. Use the stress as a motivator to meet the challenge, be your best.
  4. Decide whether you should fight, flee, or flow with the situation.
  5. Have fun, exercise regularly, and eat well.
  6. Know what your signs of stress are.

Taking it further

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