Safety on Campus
Your 1st Year
Stresses of College:
- You are expected to perform academically in an environment of increased
- There are social pressures -- trying to fit in with new groups of people
- Challenges of managing money and paying bills
- Worry about repaying college loans or getting a job after school
What Stress Does to You
When the body is under stress, it produces adrenaline -- blood pressure
rises, the heart pounds, hearing sharpens, breathing deepens to provide more
oxygen, perspiration increases to keep the body cool, and muscles tense in
preparation for action.
This flow of adrenaline can disrupt the digestive system and weaken the
immune system, leading to short-term problems such as heartburn, indigestion and
the common cold as well as long-term, and sometimes fatal, afflictions,
including heart disease and stroke.
Taking Care of Yourself
Eating right can help reduce stress and its adverse effects. Here are a few
- Avoid large meals and high fat foods
- Eat small meals high in complex carbohydrates, such as fruits, vegetables
- Limit intake of caffeine and alcohol, which drain the body of vitamins and
- Cut back on salt, which elevates blood pressure
It is important to pay attention to stress and implement a stress reduction
program in your lifestyle. Regular exercise can not only reduce tension but
helps maintain a healthy body weight. Meditation, massage and counseling are
good alternative methods of reducing stress.
Alcohol, drugs and coffee will only aggravate your problems and, in turn,
cause additional stress during the college years.