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Student Spotlight: Lisa Weaver on Stress

Student Lisa Weaver submitted the following description of her Stress in the Workplace class with Dr. Tish Davis-Wick.

Thanks, Lisa, for sharing your perspective and endorsement!

Feeling the Stress?  Not Us!

breathe

It’s not unusual to hear a recording of a calm voice encouraging students to “breathe slowly” and “feel the relaxation move through to your fingertips” as soft music plays in the background.  Where are we, you ask?  Why, in Professor Davis-Wick’s Stress in the Workplace class on Thursday nights, of course!  In this class, we examine the stress in our everyday life, how we handle it, and what we can do to reduce it.  During class, we try different techniques such as meditation, visualization, and guided relaxation.  Sometimes we talk with others in the class about what we have tried during the week, and what has helped or has not helped.  What have we learned from this?  We’ve learned that everyday life can be stressful, and unmanaged stress can affect our bodies and our health.  We’ve read cases about real people who have endured huge amounts of stress and the toll it has taken on their health and their lives.  Many of us struggle with high stress levels and anxiety and most of us have had at least a few physical symptoms such as tension headaches or stiffness in our shoulders and necks.  So what can you do about it?  Slow down and breathe!  Try to reduce some of the stress in your life.  Eat a healthy balanced diet and make sure you get enough sleep.  Take time for a walk or listen to some music!  And come join the Stress in the Workplace class next time!

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