Your future plans. The semester’s final exams. Your roommate. Student loan debt. Moving away from your family and friends for the first time in your life. These and other life events can emotionally and mentally overwhelm students with stress, adding trouble in their lives and causing them to do poorly in their courses, which happens a lot more often than you would imagine.
The infographic below, Managing the College Stress Epidemic, offers a summary of stress and anxiety at the college/university level, even a breakdown of symptoms, triggers, and treatment options. It is essential knowledge for all college students, incoming freshmen, and even the parents of students.
Most schools are observant of the prevalence of stress among their students and contribute to the conversation by providing a variety of prevention options and ways to receive treatment, including counseling, educational courses, and therapy sessions.
In addition to going to school officials for help, students can also do things in their everyday lives to battle stress on their own. Getting adequate sleep, for example, goes a long way toward battling stress, and yet is something that countless college students simply don’t prioritize. Sleep, exercise, and diet not only ease stress, but they also add to better physical health — the combination of which can make the difference between academic failure and success.
A great start to staying positive, healthy and keeping stress at bay is to continue reading below.