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STRESS is essential in small doses, too little can actually be bad for you - leaving you bored and understimulated. Sometimes the challenges of study, work, relationships, finances and home life overload us and we feel unable to cope. Frequently it feels as though very little has actually changed when all of a sudden we are experiencing quite extreme stress: it is like that and stress can creep up on us when we least expect it to, and can appear in many different situations.
Where stress comes from
Our relationships, home life, work load, financial and time pressures are stressors we often don’t notice. Specific events such as the loss of a loved one, or the ending of a relationship on top of the demands of our daily life, can feel unbearable. Being at university is, in itself, stressful and when we add this into the mix we can easily become overwhelmed.
Stress is a normal response to new and challenging situations and is our body’s way of helping us cope - but it can easily become overwhelming without warning!
Stressors include -
How will I know that I am stressed out?
The effects of stress vary between people and change with age and personal circumstances. When the demands on your energy become too great you may experience these symptoms of stress.
What can I do about my stress?
It is often not about beating stress (stress is inevitable) but about beating stresses ability to beat you! Take control by considering how balanced your lifestyle is in terms of meeting your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Identify the main sources of stress and what adjustments you can make to reduce them. Do not ignore the signs, do something before you reach burnout or crisis point. So often we only realise we are stressed when we are no longer coping but to manage the demands of university we also have to learn how to build up our "emotional bank balance" rather than just "spending" all the time. If we keep spending without saving (emotionally) we will end up in debt and will not have the resources to cope when life continues to make demands of us.
You don’t have to do all of these things every day, but the more often you can do more of these things, the more likely you are to be able to prevent stress form beating you!
You may like to check out what you are doing or can do to manage your stress.
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Where to from here?
Both the Student Counselling Service and Massey Medial Centre can help you deal with stress. We run regular workshop programmes as well as offering individual sessions, and we have a very wide range of books and CDs you can use to "help yourself". Our Website also has links to numerous other sources of information and support.
If you would like to make an appointment to see a counsellor to learn more about this topic please contact the counselling service on your campus. Distance students can contact any one of the campuses.
Please tell the receptionist if you need an urgent appointment.
Albany: Health and Counselling Centre Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm. Telephone (09) 213 6700.
Manawatu: Student Counselling Service, Turitea Campus, Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm (8.30 - 4.30 during semester breaks). Telephone (06) 350-5533.
Wellington: Student Counselling Service, The Student Services Trust @ Wellington, Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 4.30 pm. Telephone (04) 801-2542.
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Last updated on Tuesday 29 November 2016