MASTERING MONDAY: SLEEP, STRESS… AND COLLEGE STUDENTS!
Emotions have a big impact on us every day. They can make our mood change 180 degrees in seconds. One of the most common emotions among students is stress. Everyone has felt stress at least once and every time we hear this word, many unpleasant thoughts come to our minds. One of the body’s responses to stress is in making us feel stress is thinking about stress. It doesn’t matter what the reason is; it could be homework, exams, relationships, or the fact that you are tired of the dining hall food – stress has multiple faces, and when we are in the stress stage, we cannot think straight.
When we have a lot of things going on all at once, it can make us feel like we are losing our minds. But, can stress actually kill us? Thanks to the YouTubers over at AsapSCIENCE who have made a short, but very informative video, the answers to our questions can be offered. In this video you will begin to be able to understand the effect of stress in our body and why having sleep is a really important tool in our everyday life.
When stress knocks to our door, there are biological alterations going through our as well as varying amounts of emotional distress. One of the emotional outcomes of this state is depression. In the article “Why Stress Turns Into Depression,” Dr. Alicia Boyes explains that there are two different kinds of stress: Direct and indirect. She focuses on this indirect stress because of its connections with depression. She provides different types of indirect stress and share with us the many ways of how to deal with depression caused by stress.
Do This: Coping With Stress
Stress is a part of our life that we cannot escape from. However, there are many psychological factors that buffer the effect of stress:
- Share your feelings. The expression of our internal struggle plays a big role when it comes to releasing tension. Confessing how we feel will also help us realize what we are going through, helping us face our situation and find a solution for it.
- Be Optimistic. We all have ask ourselves, “how is it possible to be optimistic in times like this?” Well, since optimism make us believe everything has a solution, it acts as a sedative for our mind when we are about to explode. Even though the effect of these buffers may vary depending on the individual, our attitude towards our situation will be what makes the difference in our handling of it. If we start looking at stress as something that depends on our thoughts and emotion, it will eventually help us overcome any struggle.
- Social Comparison. Distinguishing our position from others when we are under tension is another way to release our inside pressure. If we stop believing the universe is only against us, and start comparing ourselves to those in unfortunately worse situations, our psychological strength will increase, helping us get though our situation. We will start thinking that if there are people that overcome their hardships and are given less opportunity to do so, we have no substantial excuse not to overcome ours.
- Think Through It. Remember, the key to a healthy lifestyle is not to get rid of stress but to have the right kind of it. Stress levels can and only should be high enough to motivate us and satisfy our needs, but not so high that it interferes with your ability to reach your fullest potential.
- Avoid Stress Drinking. You might think drinking is the only thing that could make you feel better. However, this is untrue. As a depressant, alcohol slows downs the nervous system’s function, meaning that it blocks the information trying to get to your brain. This totally defeats the purpose of trying to relieve stress since it will make your brain work harder trying to get things done.
- It’s okay to say NO. Many of us are people pleasers. However, sometimes we can’t please everyone and ourselves. The last thing you want to do is to put more weight on your shoulders. The opportunity of helping others and getting involved on/off campus will always be there,. However, in order to do as much as you can, you must stay healthy.
Written by Stacy Palacios, Peer Educator
Photo Cred: Weight on my shoulders