Spotlight Blog 2

Stress is inevitable in life, so it is important that people find the right stress management mechanisms for them to prevent any health problems caused by stress.  The first stress management website I looked at was targeted for college students. The website’s first tip was to get enough sleep. I agree with this tip; sleep is a very big part of staying healthy. Lack of sleep can cause a weaker immune system. The website states that lack of sleep can put someone at risk of serious illnesses like diabetes, obesity or depression. Lack of sleep on top of being exposed to stress could make people more susceptible to depression. Another tip the website had was to eat well. It states that unhealthy eating habits can lead to a higher susceptibility to stress. They also suggest exercising when you’re stressed. They say that physical activity can reduce stress levels. Exercise was discussed in lecture when we were learning about stress. I think the most important tip that this website gave their readers was to have emotional support. Having someone to vent to about your problems and stressors can be really helpful, at least from my perspective. Eating healthy and getting sleep is great but having someone to talk to was the best tip from this website. In class, we also talked about how support groups could help with stress which lead to religion being a great stress reliever.

The next stress management website I found was for athletes. It says that a certain amount of stress is good for an athlete. Which is true but the stress that you have can affect you positively or negatively depending on the person. It says not to train too hard at the sport that you are playing, the website suggests to have another hobby that isn’t your sport. Sometimes the sport that one plays becomes a stressor because they’re so serious about it, which is my problem. So having another hobby that is fun can help relieve stress. Athletic competitions such as a swim meet or a basketball game could be very stressful. A really good tip they had for athletes was to set reachable goals for yourself. Once you start to succeed and reach those goals, you will feel more confident and become less stressed. A not very helpful tip they suggested was to cut out other stressors in other parts of your life. Most of the time people aren’t searching around for stressors. Stress is inevitable and most stressors can’t just be cut out of your life, even though that would be great if all stressors could just disappear.

The last website I found was directed towards young adults. This was the most helpful stress management website out of the three websites I found. It says to identify all the stressors you have in your life and where it is coming from. It’s impossible to try to fix a problem if one doesn’t know where it is coming from. Once the stressors are identified, try to adapt or make changes. It suggests to keep a journal to write the date, time, location and activity you were doing when you became stressed. It then proceeds to say to try to avoid the stressor, if that isn’t possible, try to alter it. For example, maybe a particular class in your stressor, try to plan better and have better time management so you can take your time doing the assignment. Stress comes when you’re trying to finish a paper last minute, so try to manage your time wisely. My favorite tip from this website was to just accept what your stressor is. Life happens, stress is inevitable, just try to stay positive and do the best you can do with whatever you are doing. This tip reminded me of mindfulness based stress reduction where you just focus on being in the moment, not in the past or future. I will definitely be using tips that were directed toward young adults, I thought it was the most helpful and realistic coping mechanisms for stress.



One thought on “Spotlight Blog 2

  1. The third website you investigated, which has information pertaining to young adults in particular, seemed to have the best advice about handling stress. The idea of accepting your stressors is an especially good tip, as that would be an adaptive coping strategy (more effective overall). The best approach seems to be to recognize the trigger of your stress and try your best to understand it. Oftentimes, your stressors cannot be dealt with head-on; there are nearly always more than one factor at play. I liked that the article for athletes discussed the idea of having another hobby on the side to also put your energy towards. Having that extra option and consistent outlet can help athletes from fixating on the stress resulting from the sport they practice. The note about cutting out other stressors doesn’t make much sense, though; I agree, it’s unrealistic to think you can just eliminate other stressors to make your life a bit easier, no matter how small they may seem.
    The first article’s tips also are very good. The site’s suggestions for college students dealing with stress align with the constructive strategies we discussed in class. Exercise is proven to have a very helpful effect on stress levels. The way regular exercise serves as a natural anti-depressant can help people cope with their stress through that release of endorphins. The tip about having a good support system is excellent as well; having friends, family and resources to seek out when dealing with stress is a great option. I liked that you mentioned how religion can play in with social support as constructive strategies to reduce stress.


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