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December, 2015

types of yoga therapy to relieve stress

types of yoga therapy to relieve stress Th ough predating the concept of stress management by centuries, yoga can be a particularly eff ective stress-management approach. Th ere is certainly a wide range of yoga practices, but the most common ones rely on a combination of gentle physical exertion and focused attention. Many yoga sessions […]

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aerobic activity benefits

aerobic activity benefits Many contend that noncompetitive aerobic exercise is the most eff ective counter to stress, since physical activity fulfi lls the “fi ght or fl ight” aspect of the stress response. Since most modern stress is psychosocial, people normally aren’t able to physically respond, even though they’re physically aroused. Aerobic exercise allows for […]

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meditation techniques for beginners free

meditation techniques for beginners free Meditation is taught in many forms and for many diff erent purposes. In the context of stress management, meditation is a skill that promotes a relaxed and patient attitude. Th ough it is particularly helpful, it is challenging to master for those students who are accustomed to multitasking. Th e […]

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progressive muscle relaxation techniques

progressive muscle relaxation techniques Progressive Muscular Relaxation For many stress-management specialists, the core treatment consists of teaching the client progressive muscular relaxation. Th is technique was originally developed in the 1920s by Edmund Jacobsen, but became well known in the 1960s when the method was incorporated into the behavioral technique of systematic desensitization. As the […]

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cognitive restructuring techniques for stress

cognitive restructuring techniques for stress Maladaptive response to stress is typically multidimensional, oft en involving cognitive distortion, physiologically disruptive responses, and ineff ective behavioral choices. For stress management to be eff ective, an integrated biopsychosocial approach is necessary. A combination of the following techniques is generally more eff ective than employing a single approach. Cognitive […]

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Campus Stressors for Particular Groups

Campus Stressors for Particular Groups Some stressors particularly aff ect students from certain groups. Th us, the workload and fi nancial pressures at certain schools probably make them more stress-inducing than others (Greene & Green, 2000). In addition, students of color oft en mention experiencing the following stressors: 1. Being a minority-group member within the […]

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Stressors by College Year

Stressors by College Year Th ere are some stresses that tend to apply to all students. A recent informal survey at the University of Wisconsin seems consistent with many other university surveys in pointing to the following most frequently mentioned stressors (McGrath, 2005): 1. Academic concerns, high academic demands 2. Unrealistic expectations in a course […]

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common causes of stress among students

common causes of stress among students Like everyone else, students have individual responses to similar situations. Giving a 10-minute presentation, having a fi rst date, or moving across country to attend college may be experienced as excitingly positive or disturbingly stressful, depending on the individual. While reactions to potential stressors vary, the situations that tend […]

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physical signs of stress

physical signs of stress  Stress is psychological and physical arousal to the demands of life. A stressful situation is one appraised as taxing or exceeding one’s personal resources and endangering well-being. Richard Lazarus states that “stress is a condition or feeling when a person perceives demands exceeding personal and social resource[s]” (Lazarus & Folkman, 1984). […]

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Depressed and anxious and Environmental Changes

Depressed and anxious students oft en attribute their problems to outside circumstances, and sometimes they are right. For them to recover from their problems, something in their lives must change. And since students’ lives do change rapidly and unpredictably, time is oft en treatment’s great ally. Once midterms pass, the psychological crisis may be over. […]

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