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Manic Mondays no more! Campus Life stops stress

By Kelly Marcella
Gazette Staff

It's that time of year again. September has come and gone and with the month of October comes an onslaught of essays, labs, assignments, midterms and general chaos which only amounts to one thing -stress.

Stress comes hand-in-hand with university life, making it important for all of us to be able to cope with the various things going on in our lives.

This week's Campus Life section is an attempt to remind all of us that we're in the same boat -the glorious boat of essays, assignments and stress. As university students, stress is a part of our daily lives, one that we all must learn to cope with effectively in order to be successful.

This section is an attempt to offer you a little encouragement and a few ways to help take some of the pressure off. Everyone has their own ways of relieving stress -spanning a wide and strange spectrum- and we wanted to offer you a wide variety of options.

According to the Canadian Institute of Stress, the issues and problems associated with stress are related primarily to how individuals cope with it. The CIS lists a variety of symptoms which correlate with stress, including the inability to concentrate, dry mouth and throat insomnia, depression and anxiety.

The Canadian Mental Health Association offers a wide variety of tips to effectively deal with stress. Their top 10 list includes basic keys like relaxation, exercise and nutrition along with time management, staying on top of school work by attending classes and making sure to get a sufficient amount of sleep.

Student Health Services also offers a wide variety of information about stress; understanding the nature of it, symptoms and ways to cope to name a few, explains Melanie Slade, health education volunteer co-ordinator for SHS. Slade also says there is counselling available at SHS as well as the Student Development Center for students who may feel overwhelmed.

"It's not the end of the world," Slade reminds students, adding there's always an opportunity to improve grades or other situations in the future.

-with files from www.cmha.ca, www.stresscanada.org





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