Managing your stress

Stress: What is it? Although we all talk about stress, it often isn't clear what stress is really about. Many people consider stress to be something that happens to them, an event such as an injury or finding and living with a roommate. Others think that stress is what happens to our bodies, minds and behaviours in response to an event (e.g. heart pounding, anxiety, or nail biting). While stress does involve events and our response to them, these are not the most important factors. Our thoughts about the situations in which we find ourselves are the critical factor. Canadian Mental Health Association- First Aid Kit for Stress

First year students are especially prone to significant stresses from the challenges of leaving home,to making new friends and leaving their old social networks. Often there is stress associated with having more independence, learning how to balance friends, recreation, school work and perhaps part-time jobs.

The healthier you are, the better able you are to manage stress when it happens.

What is your stress index

Find your stress level right now by completing this test from the Canadian Mental Health Association

Surviving Student Stress Guide