Exams. The horizon is visible. The dreadful roommate Credit card debt is a major issue. You’re not living at home for the first time. These and a plethora of other worries can drive college students to become stressed out, making their lives miserable and leading to academic failure.
It happens far more frequently than you might think.
The infographic below, Managing the College Stress Epidemic, paints a vivid picture of stress at the college/university level, including a summary of symptoms, triggers, and treatment options. For new freshmen, college students, and parents, it is a must-read.
Most schools and universities are aware of the high prevalence of stress among students and offer a range of prevention and treatment options, including counseling, courses, and therapy programs.
In addition to obtaining assistance from the university, students can reduce stress by doing simple things. Getting enough sleep, for example, might help reduce stress, but many college students just don’t have the time to do so. Sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet not only ease stress, but they also enhance physical health, which can be the difference between scholastic failure and success.
Another strong reason to emphasize good coping skills is that kids commonly engage in negative coping behaviors, which compound the stress situation. It gets a lot worse. Excessive alcohol intake, drug use, and unsafe romantic relationships are just three ways students might injure themselves in an attempt to relieve stress.
Continue reading for a great place to start on staying happy, healthy, and stress-free.