Kick Stress to the Curb
& Kick Butt at Life!
Students are exposed to a barrage of stressors during the college experience, from growing pains associated with adjusting to college to everyday factors like social pressures and work responsibilities.
A 2016 poll conducted by the American College Health Association found that 34.4% of college students reported that stress had negatively impacted their academic performance over the past 12 months.
Stress was the single most common inhibitor on academic performance reported by students, followed by depression, anxiety, and sleep difficulties.
These increased stress levels come with some dire consequences.
College students exposed to chronic stress can suffer from several long-term side effects, including developing insulin-dependent diabetes.
Additionally, suicide rates amongst college-aged students are three times higher than they were in 1950, as described by the American College Health Association statistics published in Psychology Today.
The number of college students who suffer from stress-related ailments appears to be on the rise.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment in degree-granting institutions increased by 11% from 1991–2001 and another 32% from 2001–2011. What’s more, survey data from the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors suggests that many large institutions have not attained pre-2008 recession budgets. The cards are stacked against counseling centers that have lower budgets and fewer resources that must help more students than in the past.
Occasional stress is an unavoidable part of everyday life.
Small amounts of stress can even have a positive effect, allowing us to push ourselves when we encounter a difficult task.
However, high levels of stress over a prolonged period of time are linked to increased rates of depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease, and other potentially life-threatening issues. This makes it all the more important to learn how to manage your stress before you suffer any adverse effects.
The following guide will introduce you to potential stress risks, stress management techniques, and resources that are available to all college students.
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