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The following was prepared for you by fellow student and former BIOL 112 Peer Tutor, Justine Cole. Stress As you may know, the term “stress” refers to your body’s response to an existent or perceived threat ( Canadian Mental Health Association, 2017 ). For the most part, the body’s stress response allows us to either confront or escape dangerous situations. However, many of the stressors we face today, aren’t things we can run from, but rather are problems that we must work through ( Canadian Mental Health Association, 2017 ). For example, the most common causes of stress among youth in BC include academic difficulties, relocation, loss of a friend or family member, as well as personal illness ( Crisis Centre, 2017 ). Stress and Wellness For more information, visit: Sometimes, moderate stress can be a necessary motivator, but chronic or severe stress often interferes with our personal wellness and academic success. One of the best things we can do is understand the symptoms of excessive stress so that we can be more aware of when we may need to seek help. Common symptoms include: Changes in your body ( including tension, disturbed sleep, changes in appetite ) Changes in your thoughts ( trouble concentrating, lost self-confidence, poor judgement ) Changes in your emotions ( including loneliness, excessive worry, anger and irritability ) Changes in your actions ( including fidgeting, increased substance use, social withdrawal ) Stress Management What you can do…. Try your best to keep up with readings and other course materials Focus on the big concepts and personal areas of weakness Remove distractions (Facebook, Instant Messaging) so you don’t miss anything important! Don’t be afraid to ask for help. That’s what the teaching team is here for! Set a regular sleep schedule (sleep is necessary for learning and memory consolidation) Plan and schedule time to review class material Study in a group! Provide peer support and learn from each other Take QUALITY breaks (exercise, meditation, talking to friends and family) What we will do…. - In Class Encourage group work, questions and in-class discussions Indicate what will be covered on the exam throughout lectures and learning objectives Provide information about campus resources Incorporate discussions about mental health and well-being into lectures - Outside of Class Set office hours that better accommodate students’ schedules
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8 Try our best to be accessible outside of lecture Provide practice problems (with solutions) Offer multiple review sessions before exams Peer-to-Peer Resources Resource Website Office Location The Wellness Centre - support-wellness-centre Room 1400, UBC Life Building The Wellness Centre is staffed by trained students who can provide information and brochures on stress, time management, mental health, nutrition and sexual health. If students are unsure of what kind of resources they require, a Wellness Peer will be able to point them in the right direction.
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