WOU Statistics on Stress, 2018

  • Stress statistics
  • Stress statistics
  • Stress statistics

Chronic Stress

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
  • Insomnia
  • 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
  • Strokes
  • Premature birth (for those who are pregnant)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

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