Stress Less

Words by Leah SchamSchurin

*The following article in no way attempts to replicate or replace medical professional advice and assistance. If you or someone you know is experiencing poor mental and/or physical health, please consult a GP, councillor, or any other relevant professional.

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Fact number one: Life is stressful.

Regardless of the responsibilities we face, the environment we lives in, or the authority we hold in society, stress has the calamitous ability to eat away at our lives. For students, with academic responsibilities often intensified by work, family, and/or relationship obligations, our day-to-day lives are rife with stress.

Fact number two: Stress is volatile.

Just when we think we have a handle on stress, it has the unfortunate tendency to spin out of control at the drop of a hat. The smallest of factors can augment already difficult-to-handle situations, and can last for prolonged periods of time.

Fact number three: Stress can be the tip of the ice-berg.

While stress is a natural reaction to pressure and can precipitate a productive response, if we encounter prolonged stress it can have serious physical and mental ramifications. During the current pandemic, with job uncertainty, lack of human connection, and uncertain studying arrangements, many of us have been placed in a temporary, yet long-lasting bubble of stress.

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