5 Telltale Signs You Are Stressed – and How to Cope!

Posted by Kira on November 9, 2012

York Stomping Grounds

Applying for university is a stressful time. There are a ton of decisions you have to make, and marks have to be kept up on top of that. It can feel like all anybody around you just cares about is what school you’ll be attending next year. Unfortunately the stress doesn’t go away once you finally go to university. Then there are papers to write, exams to study for, money to worry about and relationships to make and keep up.


Last Monday, instead of attending regular class, the Dance Department at York had all of its undergraduate students attend a stress management workshop lead by people from the Artist’s Health Alliance. It was really helpful in coming up with some coping mechanisms to get you through the stressful times.  I’ll share with you guys some tips that will help you get through applying to university.

Stress: Refers to any event in which environment demands, internal demands or both, exceed the adaptive responses of an individual or social system.

Signs you are stressed:

  • You snap at your friends,
  • You can’t sleep, yet you’re always tired
  • You keep getting sick
  • You’re emotional
  • You can’t concentrate

(these are just a few!)

Coping with Stress

  1. Do a stress check – stop in whatever position you are in, and scan your body for places you are physically holding tension. Take deep breathes to relax these places. See how you are feeling emotionally – adapt to your needs, do what you need to do in this moment.
  2. Relax your Stress Triangle – Roll your neck in a circle, shrug your shoulders as you breathe in and then breathe out and release your shoulders. Roll your spine down and then back up slowly.
  3. Exercise – go for a bike ride, a run, the gym, play sports, go for a walk outside. All of these things will help relieve stress and make you happier!
  4. Get a good sleep – this means 7-9 hours depending on your body.
  5. Eat food with good nutrients – whole grains, dairy and protein, fruits and vegetables!
  6. Drink Tea – Chamomile Tea has a calming effect and will also help you fall asleep at night
  7. Change your Thoughts – don’t let yourself be negative, think positively and be compassionate with yourself.
  8. Talk it out with friends or family – they may be able to help you out, or at least listen you rant for a few minutes

I hope this techniques will aid you through the most stressful parts of applying to schools.