Let’s Face It We All Deal With Stress

Let’s Face It We All Deal With Stress
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By Rashida Powankumar

It happened during the five-week-long strike. For first-year Marketing and Advertising Communications Management student Daisy Warwick she explains that she experienced overwhelming feelings of stress caused by the sudden strike. Her studies became stressful during the five-week-long strike. For Daisy Warwick, there was only one answer to combat her stressful encounter.

“Music, of all genres,” Warwick said. “Music makes me feel calm, I usually start singing alone and then I am happy,” she said. 

She added that her stress came within the first week of the strike, from worrying and contemplating on whether she should find a job or not. 

Experts say that stress is a combination of good and bad emotions, and that it affects an individual’s psychological, physical and behavioural well-being. In a 2010 mental health survey, statistics revealed that eight out of 10 Canadian university students experience stress during academic years. Melinda Smith, an American health professional, defines stress as the body’s response to perceived dangers.

“Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat,” Smith said. “When you sense danger — whether it’s real or imagined — the body’s defence mechanism kicks into high gear, which is the automatic process known as ‘fight-or-flight.’”

Lorene Stanwick , a former disability counsellor at Centennial College, explained that she met with students from various backgrounds. They often came to her with their stress-related problems. Stanwick provided a definition of stress.

“Stress is life’s demands and challenges … greater than one is capable of handling at any given moment,” Stanwick said. “One’s cognitive process becomes cloudy and disorganized when under stress.”

I agree with Stanwick’s definition of stress. I recall during the strike being emotionally overwhelmed because this was my first time placed within this situation. The high and low emotional periods during the strike led me to seek counselling with Good2Talk confidential services.

Possible resources for Centennial College students

  1. The College offers confidential Counselling services to students at councilling centres across each campus. For a list of resources available to the Centennial College community visit
  2. Student Wellness Programs are available through the Full Time Domestic Students health plan.
    Visit Wespeakstudent to access resources through the Student Resilience Program. wespeakstudent.com/home/64-centennial-college
  3. We Speak Student services also offers a number of services for students who are feel overwhelmed including in-person, online and phone counseling and support. The services are 24/7, multi-lingual and confidential. There are other resources and tools as well.
  4. The Centennial College Student Association Inc. (CCSAI) offers a number of services for healthy living and with academic support including our advocacy services, the Good Food Box, health and wellness programming, and free legal advice.
  5. Good2Talk also offers confidential support, professional counseling, information and referrals for mental health and addictions. Find more information at good2talk.ca
    or call 1-866-925-5454.
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