Mental HealthTip of the Week
How Does Stress AffectHealth?
The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges. As a result, the person becomes overworked and stress-related tension builds.
Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress -- a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.
Stress also becomes harmful when people use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to try and relieve their stress. Unfortunately, instead of relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances tend to keep the body in a stressed state and cause more problems. Consider the following:
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Wellness Zones: December 4th - 11th. Wellness Zones will be set up around campus to help students cope with the stress of finals week. Stop by a Wellness Zone to relax, unwind, manage stress, renew clarity, etc. and support your academic wellness during finals. Students will find play dough, sand trays, drawing paper and art supplies, guided imagery and relaxation CDs to engage them in the Wellness Zones. The Zones will be located in the Library, Academic Enrichment Center (216 Morril Hall), the Meditation Room (132 Morrill Hall), and the Lobby of the Alber Student Center.
For more information, contact:
(24-hour crisis, resource and referrals)
Helpline of Delaware & Morrow County
Franklin County Suicide Hotline
Deaf or hard of hearing:
7-1-1 or 1-800-750-0750
OSU Counseling & Consultation Services
Jobs and Family Service
For an appointment contact:
Leslie Beary, MSW, LISW-S
Counseling services are free to all Ohio State students.
The Counseling Services on campus are provided as a support to assist all students with living a healthy and balanced life, in order to achieve academic goals.
Life tends to challenge all of us in a variety of ways. If these challenges are affecting your academic performance, you could benefit by talking with someone in a private and confidential setting. Whether your problem is big or small, always remember it is okay to ask for help! Some students come to counseling for issues such as (but not limited to):
To enroll for VA Services:
To chat with an online VA Counselor: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org