As a college student, you are bound to face many obstacles, and stress is definitely one of them. While short-term stress can help you improve your grades, complete an essay, or land a great job, long-term stress can have serious negative consequences. In fact, according to the American Institute of Stress, four out of five college students experience frequent stress.
If you don't address your stress levels, it can lead to physical side effects including:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling irritable
- Lacking energy
- Changes in appetite
- Weakened immune system
- Trouble sleeping
Unfortunately, more college students than ever before are feeling stressed for extended periods. While coursework is often the main source of stress, factors such as family, friends, and jobs can also contribute to undesirable outcomes, both academically and personally.
Many self-care techniques can also be used to help manage and reduce stress.
Want to learn more about how to manage stress? Consider enrolling in HSC 162: Thrive. This is a 6-week course that teaches evidence-based strategies and skill sets to enhance well-being.