A stressful situation has entered everyone’s life in one way or another. The most important factor is dealing with that stress.
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Kearston Harris, media communications major at Webster University, is a mother, a full-time student, works two jobs and is also the Secretary of the Association of African American Collegians. Harris says the many hats she wears can become stressful at times, but she takes physical education courses on campus so she can exercise.
“Exercise is definitely a great way to relieve stress. It helps me take my mind off of certain situations. For the past couple of semesters, I have taken courses like volleyball and dodge ball. Taking these course prevents me from finding an excuse to not exercise.”
Jerry Olive, a life development counselor at Webster University says there are many ways to relieve stress:
“Attitude is very important when dealing with stress. It’s good to develop a positive attitude and look at the situation from a hopeful prospective. Exercise is an excellent way to relieve stress as well. Something as simple as walking thirty minutes a day will help. Exercise releases chemicals in your body that makes you feel better.”
During exercise, the body releases chemicals called endorphins and serotonin. Endorphins decrease appetite and improves the immune system. Serotonin is a natural mood enhancer.
Olive also suggests closing your eyes and picturing yourself in a relaxing environment. He also says breathing exercises such as slowly breathing in and out can help release stress.
According to Stress.About.com, only fifty percent of American students that enter college graduate due to financial stress or the stress of college life. Stress.org says stress can lead to heart disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and strokes.