Some stress is good – it helps us gear up to focus, perform, and be safe.
But it’s possible to have too much of a good thing!
Common signs of too much stress (distress) are: worrying, anxious feelings, tight muscles, headaches, stomach upsets, insomnia, trouble concentrating, using more coffee/alcohol/cigarettes, having a shorter fuse to anger or swings in emotions. If these become uncomfortable, make you sick, or make it hard to think/perform at your best, then it’s time to take steps to decrease the stress.
There are many resources at the University of Guelph to help stressed students:
• Counseling services – provides professional counseling
• Student Health Services – provides physicians and a psychiatrist
• Wellness Centre – provides mind and body health information through trained student Peer Helpers
• Student Support Network – provides the listening ear of a trained student Peer Helper
• Stress Management and High Performance Clinic – offers training in skills that decrease stress responses and enhance ability to cope with stressful situations at school and at work.
If you’re feeling distress, start exploring resources to find the ones that are a good fit for you.