--Original published at Cecilia's Thoughts
Stress is such a difficult thing that almost everyone in society experiences it, more frequently then we probably should. Though there are many developments on how to deal with this stress. Each group, age, and type of people experience different kinds of stress. Three groups of people that I chose to research on ways to manage their stress are college students, athletes, and parents. I chose athletes and college students because I am a part of both of these groups so researching ways to manage the stress they experience will be helpful for my own life. And parenting is close to me because I am very close to my mom and I know that I cause her a lot of stress on top of other stressors in her life.
The first article I read was 10 ways that a college student can reduce their stress, it was written in 2010 so some of these strategies may be outdated or no longer as effective. I think that a few of these strategies are useful, they discuss get an adequate amount of sleeping, eating well, and exercising (Scott, 2010). Exercise is linked with both physiological and psychological benefits consistently. It also discusses seeking emotional support, which is very important because it brings someone resources and hope that things will get easier/better. Though there are some coping mechanisms that I think would be considered self-indulgence, such as getting a massage, yes this is relaxing but when the massage is over you will still have just as much on your plate. Overall, reading this article will bring you some success in reducing your stress.
The second article was focused on how athletes can manage their stress. This article only discusses five stress management tips: get adequate rest, engage in fun activities, manage your time, check your attitude, and get support (Barron, 2017). From an athlete’s point of view I think that all of these coping mechanisms would be useful. Getting support is something called self-disclosure, which allows you to talk to someone about what is stressing you out, which in some cases lifts a burden off of your shoulders. The only one that I would critique is checking your attitude, it is important to have apositive attitude, but in some cases it is very hard to uphold this attitude all the time. Though I do believe with using other constructive strategies for coping with their stress, the positive attitude will be easier to uphold. After reading this article I think it would be very successful in helping athletes find ways to reduce some of their stress.
The last article I read was four tips that help manage parenting stress. Similarly to the previous articles it discusses using a support system, friends and family. In this article, it discusses for the first time in my research, seeking help from a professional when things become too much for you to handle. I think this is important to put in writing because in many cases people do not want to see a professional because of pride, but I think reading this article it will help people to make the decision to seek help for themselves. Turner also discusses making time for yourself, which I see as very important because parents are so caught up in their child’s life and in their significant other’s life. So it is important for a parent to take a step back and have a night or a few days for themself, which in my opinion would reduce a lot of stress. “It is okay to take a break for yourself. It’s actually healthy and more beneficial for you and your child to have some time apart” (Turner, 2013). This article would be very successful in helping reduce a parent’s stress because it points out that it is okay to take steps to help yourself, which I think many parents forget this once they become a mother or father.
Ultimately I think that these article did a fairly good job in providing ways to reduce stress levels in different groups while following the correct psychological ways to cope and reduce stress.
Stress Management for College Students:
Scott, J. (2010). College Life: 10 Ways to Reduce Stress. Everyday Health. Retrieved from https://www.everydayhealth.com/college-health/college-life-10-ways-to-reduce-stress.aspx
Stress Management for Athletes:
Barron, C. (2017). The Stress Management Tips For Athletes. NOVA labs. Retrieved from https://nova3labs.com/five-stress-management-tips-athletes/
Stress Management for Parents:
Turner, E. (2013). 4 Tips for Managing Parenting Stress. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-race-good-health/201306/4-tips-managing-parenting-stress