Manic Mondays no more! Campus Life
By Kelly Marcella
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
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
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