Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Don't Worry, Be Happy

As we enter into the final weeks of the semester, and, for some of us, the final weeks of our tenure at IU, I thought it would be fitting to find an article related to workplace stress. As this article reveals, if you are stressed out right now, you are not alone. According to the American Psychological Assocation, "1/3 of Americans are living with extreme stress, and nearly 1/2 of Americans say their stress has increased over the past five years."

I find it interesting to note that stress is a natural reaction of your body. Essentially, stress releases hormones invoking the body to be turned on to full alert. Historically, the article claims, stress has helped us survive by increasing our own sense of awareness of certain challenges of life, ranging from wild beasts all the way up to technological advances.

I would like to wish everyone the best of luck throughout finals week, and, as this article depicts, you are not alone if you are stressing out!


Blogger Lilly said...

I just wanted to let everyone know that the IU Health Center Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has been putting on a 3-day "workshop" for stress management. It takes place in the Wells Library. Tomorrow (Thursday, 4/24) from 3-5pm there will be anxiety screenings and stress relief activities. But here's the best part: from 7 to 9 pm they are giving FREE massages.

I happened to catch this window last night at the library, and I got a wonderful 10-minute massage and a free CD of relaxing music. Haven't listened to it yet, but I can tell you that the massage was well worth it...

5:15 PM  

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