Fight Back and Conquer
In 2015, 85% of students had felt overwhelmed within the past year because of everything they had to do and 30% of students reported that stress had negatively affected their academic performance, according to the National College Health Assessment.
Psychology Today defines stress as, “… a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it’s an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the ‘fight-or-flight’ response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body. A little bit of stress, known as ‘acute stress,’ can be exciting—it keeps us active and alert. But long-term, or ‘chronic stress,’ can have detrimental effects on health. You may not be able to control the stressors in your world, but you can alter your reaction to them.”
It is very important for college students to be aware of the effects of stress and to know how to manage it. For many freshman, it is their first year of college away from home and in a different environment and this transition can be very stressful. For seniors, they are applying for jobs or graduate schools and preparing for a new transition. It can also be stressful making new friends, being away from home, dealing with financial struggles, keeping up with course work and demands, having personal life situations and other battles. Stress can effect behavior and physical health; therefore, knowing personal stressors, signs of stress, and how to manage it, can allow students to live an excelling and elated lifestyle and reduce the chances of other mental illnesses.
College Student Stress
Group 1: Feels stress most of the time
Group 2: Sometimes/often feels stress
Group 3: Felt depressed in past 90 days
Group 4: Diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or other mental illness
Group 5: Had thoughts of suicide