Exams. The horizon. The wretched roommate. Credit card debt is a serious problem. For the first time, you’re living away from home. These and a slew of other concerns can cause college students to become overwhelmed with stress, making their lives miserable and driving them to fail academically.
It occurs significantly more frequently than you may believe.
Managing the College Stress Epidemic, an infographic below, provides an eye-opening picture of stress at the college/university level, including a synopsis of symptoms, triggers, and treatment options. It is a must-read for new freshmen, college students, and parents.
Most schools and universities recognize the high frequency of stress among students and provide a variety of prevention and treatment methods, such as counseling, courses, and therapy programs.
Students can lessen stress by doing simple things in addition to requesting help from the university. For example, getting enough sleep goes a long way toward reducing stress, but many college students just don’t have the time to do so. Sleep, exercise, and diet not only help to relieve stress, but they also help to improve physical health, which can be the difference between academic failure and success.
Another compelling reason to focus on these positive coping skills is that students frequently use negative coping techniques, which exacerbate the stress problem. Much, much worse. Excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, and risky romantic relationships are just three examples of how students might harm their lives in an attempt to relieve stress.
Continue reading below for a fantastic start on remaining cheerful, healthy, and stress-free.