The stress buffering effects of exercise: How running (literally) from your problems can increase your resistance to life’s stressors

Stressful life events can mess with our mental health and leave us vulnerable to depression and anxiety. Yet, not everyone who experiences a stressful event ends up developing a psychiatric disorder. Two people can experience the same traumatic event, such as a natural disaster or loss of a loved one, and have completely different responses. Some people can recover quickly, while others struggle to cope. Are certain people born with a pre-determined ability to deal with stress, or are there other factors that can contribute to an individual’s emotional resilience?

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Graduate Student Snapshot: Simone Hyater-Adams

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Growing up completely immersed in the world of performing arts, Simone had no idea how one physics class would change the course of her life. During her junior year in high school Simone really connected with her physics teacher, an ex-military engineer with a dry sense of humor, and suddenly physics was all she wanted to do. “I’ve always been the type of person to ask questions about the world and life, like really abstract things that my mom would get annoyed with me for asking. I went to physics and I was like ‘This is answering every question I’ve ever had about the world, I’m going to go to school for physics.’”

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