Intro to Stress Management

This month, I attended the Intro to Stress Management workshop. Though no one wants to be stressed out in their day-to-day lives, it is often a sensation we are unable to avoid, whether it be academically, socially, or in the workplace. Realizing the prevalence of this issue, this brown bag presentation aimed to teach attendees simple ways to cope with stress in their daily lives, which was something exam season was telling me I needed. Perhaps the most important thing this workshop made me realize was how accessible stress management techniques are, no matter what setting we may find ourselves in. For instance, using the technique of guided imagery. Without the need for any additional resources, we can imagine places we deem safe and/or relaxing in great detail, such as the beach. Thinking about a relaxing setting like this can help us reach a relaxed state and take control over any negative emotions/thoughts that may be clouding our heads, all while enhancing our learning and performance levels. If given another opportunity to attend this workshop, I would definitely recommend it as a means of de-stressing, but also as a reminder that stress is a mental state that can easily be overcome if we take a few simple steps to try and conquer it! Though it may seem like a hard obstacle to tackle, the workshop definitely provides attendees with many universal tactics to place under their belts and call forth whenever need be.