In the film we watched, we learned about the many negative health factors caused by stress. While knowing that stress is bad for your health is not news, I believe that many of us were surprised to learn how. Of course, some stress is good as it motivates us to succeed. Stress is often caused by the fear of failure and in an academic setting it is clear how having a reasonable amount of stress is healthy. After-all, stress is caused by the release of the hormone cortisol and as we have been told many times, hormone imbalance is natural. A college campus is naturally a stressful place at times; we walk into the library during mid terms or finals and can tell by the mere atmosphere that our peers are stressed. Often I feel comforted by knowing that the people around me are experience similar levels of stress and beyond that I know that others are comforted by the multitude of resources made available to students.
However, not everyone has access to support circles, and coping mechanisms that are so prevalent on current college campuses across the country. Because stress can be subjective, everyone responds to it differently and therefore it is difficult operationalize. It is not possible to say that person A is under more stress than person B because stress can each individual differently. Because stress is so hard to define, I grapple with how some areas have more support for individuals than others. So often we are hear “suck it up” or “at least…” but stress is a real problem and causes real problems. Due to stigma against stress and other mental health factors, such problems are not taken seriously. Stress can happen to anyone, anywhere and for that reason I see it is vital we strive toward creating more ways to help people cope and manage stress that is unfortunately, a part of life. My question to you is what resources do you think should be made available across the country to battle this problem and how do you propose we implement them?