Drown Out The Noise

November 27, 2007

It's around that time again - crunch time, the homestretch. Whatever you want to call it, it's here. And it's around this time when everyone's wound up tight, anxious about exams and intolerant of mistakes and distractions. It is now when the walls seem too thin, people talk too loud, walks seem too long and campus study spaces are just too few.

I was catching up on some lectures the other night and one of them was Social Psychology and Health. Part of the lecture looked at stress and how different amounts of stress affect health. Studies have shown that a constant stress from a roommate (or someone you see everyday) has been found to have a much more detrimental effect on mental and physical health than a more profound, but transient stress. I didn't really believe it at first - how can something like an nagging roommate be more stressful than something like a loved one dying? I mean, most of the time you can just deal with those little annoying things and brush them aside, but losing a loved one isn't something you can just get over.

But apparently that's not the case. The constant stress breaks down our systems (makes sense - it's like a repetitive use injury almost). So get rid of all those little annoyances, people, or they'll get rid of you!

3 comments:

Jacqueline said...

Are you trying to tell me that I'm annoying?

Bernice said...

What? No. That's what the study was looking at!

Jacqueline said...

good! cuz you can't get rid of me! i'm INVINCIBLE!

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