Stress

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Everyone gets stressed – you are not alone!

Everyone experiences stress. Stress is our body’s reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional response. Stress can come from any situation or thought that causes us to feel frustrated, angry, excited or anxious. Routine activities (deadlines and exams) or challenging life events (relationship break-up) that result in these feelings are often referred to as stressors.

 

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Positive vs Negative Stress

 

Positive Stress

From a positive perspective, stress can be a strong motivator that impacts performance on all levels. In this situation stress is manageable and potentially helpful.

 

Negative Stress

From a negative perspective stress can have a significant impact on every aspect of life.

 

Academic stress can encourage avoidance of starting and completing tasks.

 

Social stress can result in avoidance and withdrawal from positive social supports.

 

Physiological stress can impact concentration and result in a number of negative physical sensations (trembling, sweats, nausea) produce headaches, sleep disturbance and can decrease energy and change appetite.

 

Emotional stress can cause one to feel overwhelmed, irritable and worthless. If not dealt with properly it can cause helplessness, hopelessness, depression and anxiety and may lead individuals to self-medicate using drugs and alcohol.

 

Prolonged stress can increase susceptibility to disease by lowering the effectiveness of the immune system.

 

Self-Care

Self-care plays a significant role in the prevention and management of stress. When self-care strategies are used, it increases a person’s resilience when stressful situations occur. Self-care is especially important in the university setting as there are many opportunities for students to learn and incorporate positive coping strategies to maintain positive well-being.

 

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    Student Health Services

    Located in Harrison Hall
    (next to Campus Security)
    Physicians and Mental Health Nurse
    905-688-5550 x3243

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    Personal Counselling

    Located in the Schmon Tower – ST400
    Counsellors
    905-688-5550 x3240

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    Campus Security

    Located in the Kenmore Centre (across from the Walker Complex)
    905-688-5550 x3200 (crisis)
    905-688-5550 x4300 (non-crisis)

Crisis Services
at Brock

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    Brock Campus Security

    905-688-5550 x3200

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    In Case Of Emergency

    Call 911

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    Niagara Distress Centre

    905-688-3711 (support line)

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    Niagara Health System, St. Catharines Hospital

    1200 Fourth Ave.
    St. Catharines, ON  L2S 0A9
    905-378-4647

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    Personal Counselling

    905-327-2244 (emergency after hours)

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    24 Hours Post-Secondary Student Hotline (Good 2 Talk)

    1-866-925-5454

After Hours Crisis Resources