Work-Life Balance

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Women, as well as men, fall victim to stress at the office…

You’re never too young to start thinking about stress and how it can damage your body. Data from the Women’s Health Study, which was sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, found women who reported high job strain–doing demanding work with little or no decision making authority or the use of creativity and skills–increased their risk of cardiovascular disease by 40%. They also had an 88% increase in heart attacks.

How should women (and men) manage stress, since there’s no escaping it?

Coping with Stress

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 19, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

 

We usually learn coping methods (as children) from watching our parents.

That fact might be a good thing–only if our parents knew how to adequately cope with life’s stressful situations. Students are loading every minute of the day with studying, attending classes, volunteer work, internships, part-time jobs, athletics and much more. And, all too often, stress relief at college revolves around binge drinking, recreational drugs and casual sex–not exactly a healthy way to cope.

A mental health resource points out some interesting facts regarding how the average American chooses to handle stress:

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 30, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Weight gain isn’t only attributed to improper diet and lack of exercise–stress plays a big role.

College life is a hotbed for gaining extra weight. Stressful late nights studying, eating high calorie, salt-laden fast foods and drinking coffee concoctions loaded with sugary syrups and whipped cream, all wreck havoc on a body. But now there are ways to eat smarter and relieve stress.

What’s Your Food I.Q.?

Here’s a quick quiz to test your nutritional I.Q., guess which option has fewer calories. (Answers at the bottom of this blog).

1.) Burger King Tendercrisp Sandwich vs. Burger King Whopper-one has 800 calories, the other 670.

Your Brain Needs Relief

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It brought stress relief to U.S. soldiers–why not college students?

Karen Reivich, PhD, a research associate in the Positive Psychology Center and co-director of the Penn Resiliency Project, along with her staff, were contracted to develop a way to teach U.S. Army soldiers practical skills to better deal with the stresses of military service.

Below are four tips given to the soldiers, which students may incorporate into their stressful collegiate lives:

Stress Level Styles

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Whether you’re a job seeker, underemployed, or employed full-time–your stress level may need a little TLC.

Excerpted from Self magazine’s “Get Happier Guide”, here are their tips to assist in lowering your stress levels. First, answer the question posed below, choosing from either A, B, C, or D. Then, read the corresponding explanation which goes with that particular letter to determine your “typical” response to a tense situation. (Complete test not shown)

Your boss sends you a cryptic e-mail saying she wants to meet at the end of the day. You…

The Quest for More

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 27, 2011 in , , | No Comments

For many undergrads, late nights studying until four in the morning is not unusual.

What drives them, half dazed, minds straying? Is it several Trentas–31 ounces of heart palpitating caffeine–and bigger than a human stomach? That helps, but it takes more than a water tower sized cup of caffeine to keep students in a library until almost dawn.

Work-Life Balance

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Is your life out of balance?

One large contributing factor is staying late at the office, which puts you at a higher risk of developing anxiety and depression (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine).

Regina Leeds, author of One Year to an Organized Work Life, believes that people “…have a hard time wrapping up at days end–they keep trying to squeeze in one more thing.” But it’s the extra minutes, that turn into extra hours, which cut into relationships, exercise and de-stressing. Leeds suggests you decide an hour before quitting time what absolutely has to be finished that day…and what can wait until the following morning.

Boost Cognitive Performance

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Has your brain turned to jell-o?

The stress associated with being a college student often creates episodes of feeling overwhelmed. At a time when you need your brain to be working at its optimum, it can let you down. You may feel as if your brain has turned to jell-o. Here is a helpful tip to rev up the gray matter without using harmful drugs, caffeine and chemical-laden canned drinks, or that expensive cup of java.