Side Effects Of Stress

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Hypothesis: Due to the negative side effects of stress, implementing stress coping mechanisms and programs in schools and colleges will help the students overall mental health and performance. My Initial Hypothesis Almost every student out there whether they be in high school or college can say they have been overall stressed at one point in their school career. Stress is a negative emotional experienced (Taylor, 2015). Stress has a number of negative effects that it imposes on the body. When a person is overtly stressed it can weaken their immune system, cause sleep and diet issues, high blood pressure, and can cause the person to start smoking or abuse drugs and alcohol. (Taylor, 2015). Being too stressed can also cause anxiety and depression…show more content…
The American College Health Association also conducted a survey where they discovered that over eighty percent of students felt overwhelmed by the amount of work they had to do. Many students are either do not have the time or they are afraid to seek help for their stress management. An alternative to face-to-face interaction for stress management is a new thing called “Online Intervention”. Online interventions can be done on the students own time and at their own pace. They are also less expensive than going to counseling center and have been proven to be just as effective (Hintz, Frazier, & Meredith, 2015). Not only does the Online Intervention help with stress reduction and management it has also been proven to help with anxiety and depression. The most popular online intervention program is called MyStudentBody: Stress. It is a program that offers feed back and resources in five different areas; physical stress, life events, daily hassles, coping style, and depression. Students received tailored resources based on how they answer (Hintz et al.,…show more content…
When a student is stressed or anxious they look for an outlet of relaxation, often times it is not a healthy outlook. Student may turn to drug or alcohol use to help them relax because their school either does not offer a healthy way to relieve stress or it is poorly advertised therefore the student is unaware of it. A healthy way to channel stress that can be incorporated into schools and colleges is called “Mindfulness meditation”. Mindfulness mediation is defined as “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, non judgmentally, to the present moment” (Shearer, Hunt, & Chowdhury, 2015). Mindfulness mediation has been shown with a high correlation to increase self-esteem, optimism, and life satisfaction. On the opposite side, low levels of mindfulness have been correlated to have depression, anxiety, and absent mindedness (Shearer et al., 2015). In 2008 a study found that college students who participated in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) had lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression compared to their peers who did not participate in MBSR (Shearer et al., 2015). It was found that just six hours of MBSR can reduce stress and absent mindedness while also increasing positivity (Shearer et al., 2015). In a 2013 study a group of students were

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