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Managing Stress


What is Stress?

Sources of Stress

Symptoms of Stress

Stress Reduction


Hi and welcome to one of Wellness Education's Special Topics web pages. The information and sites contained within this web page are dedicated to giving you the tips and the know how to protect yourself from STRESS!

Provided below are tips on stress management for students. Thank you to the folks over at Residence Life for preparing this information for us.



Stress Management for students

What is stress?

  • Stress is the wear and tear our bodies experience throughout our changing environment
  • Stress can create positive and negative feelings
  • Stress has both physical and emotional effects



Sources of Stress: (academic/social)

  • heavy course load
  • trying to balance work, school and family
  • fear of failure
  • problems with partner social pressures family problems



Symptoms of Stress

  • increased heart rate
  • anxiety, impatience
  • insomnia, headaches
  • nervous habits
  • poor concentration
  • risky lifestyle behaviours (alcohol abuse, prescription /recreational drug abuse, overspending etc.)



How Can I Reduce stress?

Everyone's situation is different. Try to identify the main stressors in your life and tackle each one individually! Remember it is not the number of stressors in your life that causes stress, but rather it is your reaction to the stressors that will determine your stress level.


Some tips for stress reduction

  • exercise - chemicals (endorphin) are released in the brain during exercise. These chemicals make you feel good. Exercise also allows tension to be released from your body. So get active, remember even moderate exercise is beneficial!
  • Breathing - yes that right, deep slow breathing can help you relax and focus better.
  • Positive thinking - nothing fights stress better than optimism. Positive self talk signals the body to feel relaxed and motivated.
  • Sleep - You need energy to meet daily challenges.
  • Talk it out - seek support from family and friends (if needed talk to a professional).
  • Be realistic - often we are our own worst enemy; setting unrealistic goals and time limits for our tasks.
  • Eat well - try to limit the intake of foods & beverages such as : alcohol, coffee, junk - these are non-nutrient food that have excessive caffeine that will only add to any feelings of nervousness you may be experiencing. Instead, try to increase you intake of energy foods such as fruit, vegies, water, whole grains and carbohydrate ( breads, cereals etc.)

Remember, you are in control of your emotions. Nobody makes you mad or angry, this is determined by how you want to react. You can choose to react any way you want to situations - so take a deep breath, get active and find that bright side - it's much healthier!

Take time for your health today or you will not have health for your time tomorrow.- Irish Proverb



Resources on Campus

  • Wellness Program, University Centre, 5th floor, UC 5002A. Drop in for information or contact Kelly Neville, the Wellness Coordinator, at 864-3206.
  • Student Health Services, 4th floor University Centre. For appointments or information, call 864-4023
  • Counselling Centre, 5th Floor, University Centre, UC 5000. For appointments or information regarding services offered, call 864-8874.

Resources in the community