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November: Take a Deep Breath
If you're feeling tired, overwhelmed, and stressed, you're not alone. According to a recent survey, 44% of students responded that stress, anxiety, and loneliness has been their biggest challenge or struggle this fall. Read on to learn a little about different types of stress, what signs to look for, how stress affects you in school, and know when to get help.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
What is Stress?
Medline Plus defines stress as "a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand." The American Psychological Association has identified three kinds of stress:
Signs of Stress
Stress can cause physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms.
School and Stress
Students who responded to the Strada - College Pulse survey (mentioned earlier) identified the following additional factors causing them stress right now:
When to Get Help
According to Melissa Cohen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker:
"For some people, it’s time to seek help when your feelings begin to have a negative impact on everyday life and your ability to carry out daily routines or have normal relationships. For others, it is when these thoughts and feelings begin to prevent them from being able to focus and enjoy the important things in life, when their stress and anxiety are the only thing they can focus on, or when their thoughts and feelings begin to interfere with work or school. It can be any one or combination that sparks the need to get help." (2)
Coping with Stress
Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress (From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak (From the World Health Organization)
Anxiety in College: What We Know and How to Cope (From Harvard Health Publishing/Harvard Medical School)
The College Student's Guide to Stress Management (From Purdue University Global)
Need Stress Relief? Try the 4 A's (From Mayo Clinic)
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Beginning Monday, November 16, 2020:
Remote Reference Hours (No Physical Access to Library)
Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 6:00pm
Friday, 8:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, December 24 through Friday, January 1 -- Holiday Recess
If you're feeling tired and overwhelmed,
McHenry County College can help.
to speak with someone on campus.
Crisis Intervention and Prevention Services
Contact Rachel Boldman, Director of Crisis Intervention and Prevention Services
Para más información en Español
MCC Campus Police: 815-455-8733 (or dial 8733 from a campus phone)
Northwestern Medicine Crisis Services - McHenry County: 800-892-8900 available 24 hours a day
Download the MCHelp app: MCHELP is a free, anonymous texting service that provides immediate help from trained, licensed counselors 24 hours a day.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
The following is a helpful list of keywords and Subject Terms for searching databases like Academic Search Complete to find scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.
|stress management||stress management techniques|
|stress in college students||stress AND college students AND academic performance|
|stress AND health||physiological stress|
|stress AND coping||psychological stress|
|stress AND anxiety||stress management education|
|stress AND burnout||stress AND student health|
|stress AND health effects||stress AND exercise|