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As university students, we are all subject to stress from a variety of areas. Whether it be from school, extra-curricular activities, or the future, a lot of us have to deal with many different sources of stress simultaneously. Just as the chapter pointed out, this is one of the primary reasons it is not only important to have good coping techniques but a variety of coping techniques as well. The variety allows people to have coping flexibility, so people are able to face challenges and not be too overwhelmed by all the stressors that come their way. In this post, I outline some of the roots to my stress, and how I handle these challenges. Acute stressors can be caused due to multiple reasons, but this stress is usually short and with a clear endpoint. One of the main areas where I am exposed to acute stress is because of my busy schedule. I am a full-time student with various other obligations, including a part-time job, volunteering and executive positions on some clubs, so I often feel that I am overwhelmed. This is particularly predominant during weeks of midterms or special club events. Managing my time in these situations is pivotal so I can maintain success in all areas. I am used to being very busy as I’ve held leadership roles since high school, but of course, university studies and commitments are more strenuous. For these stressors, I find that expressing my emotions is one of my best coping strategies. Whether I express them out loud to a friend, parent or counsellor or whether I write it down in my journal, I find that being able to talk through my stress is very effective for me. Usually, I don’t even require validation or a solution, but I find catharsis in being
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