How Faculty Can Manage Their Stress

April 28, 2015

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With finals around the corner, students aren’t the only people on campus becoming stressed.

The semester is also coming to an end for faculty. Stress can impact your body in many ways, so it’s important to manage stress

Stress has both short-term and long-term effects on your body.

  1. Short-term effects can include headaches, upset stomach, overeating or under eating, sleep problems, and angry outbursts.
  2. Long-term effects include heart and blood vessel problems, inflammation in the circulatory system, and an overall long-term drain on the body.

 Here are a few tips to manage your stress.

·        Limit caffeine and alcohol. These can make your anxiety worse.

  • Get moving. Not only is physical exercise good for you, but it’s also good to take a break. The UNH Employee Fitness Program is free to all UNH employees! And the Wildcat Workout Project offers free group fitness fives days a week.
  • Talk to someone. Talking to others can be a stress reliever. Try the Employee Assistance Program.
  • Organize your schedule. Being organized and knowing exactly what you have to do will cause you less stress during your busy schedule.
  • Eat well-balanced meals. Eating healthy is always important, but it’s especially important when you need a good healthy boost of energy to keep you going. UNH Dining Halls offer faculty and staff meal plans and many healthy options.

 For more tips on how to manage your stress, check out Healthy UNH’s Mental Wellness blogs

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