Coping with Stress
We usually learn coping methods (as children) from watching our parents.
That fact might be a good thingonly if our parents knew how to adequately cope with lifes 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:
82% watch T.V., read or listen to music
71% talk to family or friends
62% pray or meditate
55% make time to exercise
37% eat (especially common among women)
26% drink alcohol, smoke, or take illicit drugs
12% take prescription medications
Were you surprised by these numbers? What do you usually do? How can you better deal with stress?