A lot of things get pushed back when you’re in college but mental health shouldn’t be one. It’s important to realize that nothing will matter if you are not well. There is plenty of research done to provide evidence that stress is very common in college. 80% of college students say they sometimes or often feel stressed and 20% of college students say they feel stressed ‘most of the time’.
Common sources of stress
- Academic demands
- Future plans
- Social life
- Living away from home
Everyone deals with stress at some point in their life and there are times where it’s actually good and helps you become more productive. But when you start feeling anxious and it’s affecting you in a negative way, measures should be taken to help you resolve it
Common signs of being stressed
- Getting sick more than normal
- Significant changes in weight
- Lowered desire to do things you used to like
- Trouble sleeping
- Anxious thoughts
- Chronic worrying
- Sense of isolation
Although you may have experience a lot of these at some point, if they start over lapping, it may be a good idea to take a look at the whole picture. The key is to not dismiss your stress as not being serious enough. Take steps to reduce your stress as soon as you can to make sure it doesn’t build up.
Some ways of reducing stress
- Get help- Most colleges offer counseling services and there’s honestly no reason for you not to utilize it. Make appointments as needed, sometimes just talking to a person that won’t judge you and doesn’t have personal interest in the matter really helps.
- Hit the gym- exercise has been found to be a great stress reliever
- Social support- It’s very important to have a strong social support and your family and friends will definitely help. Make sure to stay close and keep in touch despite your busy schedule because feeling isolated will only add to your stress
- Meditation- Taking 10 minutes to meditate helps you focus and helps get rid of unproductive worries
- Take a break- You shouldn’t feel guilty for having some time off, sometimes it’s what you need so you can achieve more. Making sure to schedule in time when you won’t have to do anything is extremely important
Disclaimer: This post is not meant to diagnose or treat any disorders. This was posted purely as an information reference. Please contact a licensed counselor or mental health professional to get help
Hope this post can help you guys out. If you’ve found a way to reduce stress, please comment and share so it can help someone!
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