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Foundations for Supporting Students
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“peak performance zone,” and bring a sense of excitement or
exhilaration to our lives. As a negative influence, it can result
in fatigue, anxiety and feelings of helplessness. In other
words, stress is what our bodies and minds experience as we
adapt to a continually changing environment.
Stress occurs on a continuum. To maintain healthy tension, a
person must balance the right amount of stimulating
challenges with a healthy diet, a consistent sleep schedule,
regular exercise and stress management techniques.
While most students would like to be in the peak
performance zone every day, this is not humanly possible.
However, by maintaining healthy tension, an individual can
access the extra burst of energy and focus needed to achieve
peak performance when needed most (e.g., on the day of an
exam).
“Student stress often emerges as a function of uncertainty
about or unfamiliarity with University procedures...striving
for transparency and assisting students in navigating a
complex University landscape of resources is key to assuaging
some of these stressors”
- Daniel N. Cox, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director, Associate Professor, School
of Systems Biology, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason
University