What is Stress?

violin strings snappingStress is the body’s response to any demand placed upon it. Stress is a natural response and has benefits, but too much stress can have negative impacts on your mental and physical health.

You can think about it like a properly tuned violin – you need enough tension in your violin strings to make music, but not so much that the strings snap.

 

 

Signs of Excessive Stress

You may notice some of the following symptoms or signs of excessive stress:

Psychological
feeling anxious, irritable, forgetful, impulsive, overwhelmed, exhausted

Physical
headaches, increased heart rate, perspiration, upset stomach, muscle tension

Behavioral
changes in sleeping or eating patterns, arguing, withdrawal from friends, binge gaming/television

Causes of Stress

Many things in life can cause stress. For instance, stressors can be:

Interpersonal
roommate conflicts, family demands, work responsibilities

Life Events
death of a loved one, moving, break-ups, divorce of parents

Financial
bills, unplanned expenses, tuition

Psychological
thoughts, beliefs, worries, changes in mood
 

Physiological
illness, injury, sleep disturbances, poor nutrition, environmental factors/conditions

Lifestyle Choices
lack of sleep, lack of exercise, poor time management, use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs

Organizational
rules, educational requirements, role expectations