At Canadian high schools and universities, seniors are gearing up for the end of an era. Graduation brings a host of mixed feelings as graduates celebrate, leave behind cherished friendships and take different paths to future endeavours. One emotion, generally high on every graduate’s (and their parents’) list at this time, is stress.
“Stress” is defined as the way our bodies and minds react to life changes. And, since moving into adulthood is a period of significant change – physical, emotional, social, academic and economic – many young people are under more stress than at any other time in their lives.
But, does change – which is the one constant in human life – need to result in mental stress that sometimes even produces physical illness? It doesn’t.Continue Reading