What is stress?

Stress is a combination of physiological and emotional responses to an event.  Some of the physiological responses may include:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Tight muscles
  • Headaches

Some of the cognitive or emotional responses include:

  • Negative self-talk
  • Restlessness
  • Inability to concentrate

Reduce stress

It is not uncommon for students to experience stress and anxiety in college.  A positive attitude, a balanced approach, and relaxation exercises are just some of the ways students can combat stress.  However, sometimes stress can grow into a more serious problem.  If you feel depressed, have prolonged insomnia or indigestion problems due to your anxiety, seeing a professional at the Counseling Center in Bailey Health Center may be especially helpful.