Stress is very common, especially for college students. It’s normal for someone to feel stressed every once and a while. However, chronic stress can have negative outcomes on the health of an individual.
Some less serious side effects of chronic stress may include:
- Headaches or migraines
- Weakened immune system
- High blood pressure
- Muscle pain
- Difficulty concentrating or completing a task
Some serious health issues from chronic stress may include:
- Heart problems
- Premature birth (for those who are pregnant)
How can I Tackle Stress?
Stress Less Tips
Foods that Help Reduce Stress
- Chamomile: Chamomile has an anti-oxidant called Apergenin, which binds to certain receptors in your brain that may decrease anxiety and help initiate sleep.
- Dark Leafy Greens: Dark leafy greens are rich in B-vitamins which help maintain energy, regulate mood, and improve brain activity.
- Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate has an anti-oxidant called Polphenols which help protect the body’s tissues against oxidative stress and inflammation. It also has a high level of Magnesium which helps regulate the stress hormone.
- Green Tea: Green tea has an amino acid called Theanine, which helps promote relaxation. It also does not contain as much caffeine as regular tea.
- Chia Seeds: Chia Seeds are packed with Magnesium, a critical mineral for regulating the stress hormone. They also have Omega 3 Fatty Acids which provide anti-inflammatory benefits to the brain, also helping to reduce stress.
- Avocados: Avocados are rich in B-vitamins that support healthy nerve and brain cells.
- Nuts: Nuts, like almonds, cashews, and walnuts contain Zinc, a mineral that helps the brain and body respond to stress. They also contain Magnesium, which helps regular the stress hormone.
On Campus Resources
- R&R Room
- Wellness Coaching
- Counseling Services
- Medical Services