Stress and Anxiety Management
Knowing the Difference Between Stress and an Anxiety Disorder
The American Institute of Stress defines stress as synonymous with distress which is "physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension" or "a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize." Stress is a normal life experience, but becomes a problem when it is overwhelming.
The National Institute of Mental Health defines anxiety as a normal reaction to stress. In general, it helps people cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, debilitating, irrational dread of everyday situations, it is a disabling disorder.
Ways to Seek Help
Counseling & Career Development Center
(Provides free and confidential personal, career and academic counseling to all UWG students)
Health Services (Provides medical and patient/victim advocate services; Operating Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8a-6p; Wednesday-Friday, 8a-5p; Summer Hours: 8a-4p; Contact: 678-839-6452)
2012-2013 Campus Stress/Anxiety Management Activities
- March 4, 2013 - "Put the Squeeze on Stress, to Maximize Your Success" Outside UCC (students make stress balls with balloons and sand to minimize stress and anxiety at UCC)
- April 17, 2013 - "Furry Friends For Finals" Outside UCC (students, faculty and staff pet puppies, donated by UWG staff as method of alleviating stress, anxiety)
Tips for Coping With Life Issues