Noticeably college seems to be one of the top breeding grounds for developing abnormal stress levels that is adverse and detrimental. A cacophony of exacerbating contributors seems to create the perfect environment for bad stress to thrive strongly among young adults in college and on-campus settings. Many questions remain as to why, but new studies and broader observations have revealed some great ideas as to some of the reasons why.
Through public awareness, communication, and shared information the real reasons for elevated stress in
college are being identified. That acknowledgement had shed in-depth knowledge and understanding about
why college induces these elevated stress level within students. The result has been the development of very
useful management skills that are improving life-quality for college students nationally.
Stress is a malaise directly related as a side-effect of living your life. Some stress is considered good because
it is an acknowledged and necessary tool to implement the drive it takes to achieve your ambitions. Good
stress generates the drive to persevere and inspires you to reach for the stars. It will instill you with energy
and generate an impressive thought processes fully tuned to the elevated ability to problem solve and get
things accomplished efficiently.
On the flip side of good stress is, of course, BAD stress. Bad stress can be very debilitating by taking a very
diverse and degenerative toll on anyone and everyone that experiences it. Stress is totally indifferent to time,
age, social stature, ethnicity, and/or beauty. Stress can lay in statuses and blind-side a person early-on in life
or any time when they do not have an action plan to manage it.
Identifying stress as a by-product of life is the best defense you have against managing it and/or letting it
build. This is ideally accomplished by affiliating stress as a body/cloud of layers formed from every facet of
your life but just the spoken concept sounds unrealistic. First we will review how these layers are derived
from certain circumstances, developed by economic brackets, and identified as a direct result of individual
lifestyles, in short, different issues create different stress with a range of intensity.
The inability to personally resolve these layers’ lets them build, day by day so that they sediment on your
psyche. That inability is the starting-line for the overwhelming process of developing stress levels that clouds
coherent thoughts from formulating a clear outlook. Positive comprehension escapes you as a source of
respite. Thusly, your stress incubates and builds from the residual energy of everything. Things melt together
and a person easily becomes overwhelmingly confused.
There are always going to be left-overs from every situation in life. We carry forward residue from the good
stuff and the bad. We also find ourselves pressured by all the indifferences of the future as we go forward.
These uncertainties or unresolved issues take place and happen to everyone. The ability too let-go or the
inability to predict are major contributing factors of how we absolve ourselves from stress or fall victim to it.
Current events, emotions, actions, and thoughts broiling together with no containment is the precedence
that paves the road to a state of a volatile combustion or an over-all breakdown in uncertainty.
What Bad Stress Will Do:
Most people are affected relatively in the same manner resulting from too much bad stress. These conditions
affect people on physical levels that range from sicknesses and could include the degeneration of some body
functions. Here are some of the more notorious physical symptoms that you or other people may experience.
- Tension in your muscles that prevent you from reaching normal levels of comfort, rest, and relaxation.
- Lower immunity. This can lead to more frequent colds, and the reoccurrence of viruses.
- Cardiovascular interruptions such as higher blood pressure.
- Digestive issues that are commonly identified as indigestion, reflux, and even ulcers.
- Plaque Psoriasis can be activated and/or aggravated by elevated stress levels.
- Type-2 Diabetes is another way stress tricks your physical body into betraying itself.
- Sleeplessness that results in fatigue.
- You may also experience severe headaches, neck pain, and back trouble.
There are also certain emotional and cognitive maladies that are symptomatic causes of too much bad stress.
Here are some of the changes that people normally undergo when their bad stress is elevated and out of
- Depression that stems from the oppressive outlook that excessive stress can induce.
- Unbalanced emotional reactions and instability that can result in illogical actions, over-reacting, and
- Stress also induces anxiety because it will render victims with the feeling of being out of control and out of
- People also report feeling overwhelmed in a manner that is all-consuming and inspires them to just give-up
- Cognitively people complain about forgetting normal things.
- There is also the invasion of unwarranted thoughts that interfere with even simple actions.
- Then it has also been noted that some people even get stuck on the same thought or thoughts and can’t
get their mind to deviate from an obsessive subject.
- Of course the main reported effect that is the ultimate reaction for everybody is the inability to concentrate
with effective efficiency.
Understanding the Cause of College Stress:
Sociologists believe that the main reasons for college stress range from the drastic lifestyle changes that
young adults are forced into from the on-set of their freshman year. These changes evolve, grow in severity,
and compound as young people advance in their college years, academic studies, and surge forward in their
endeavors to obtain advanced degrees. Aggravating conditions are subject to increase for students and
young people all the way through the harder academic aspirations.
Stressors begin with the abrupt lifestyle change in the form of uncensored independence and personal
accountability. When young students, especially freshmen, were under their parents roof and rule they had
someone there to handle the responsibilities, make the decisions, and censure their choices. From the on-set
of the very first day of in-dorm living they no longer have that ‘back-up’ system to rely on and it induces
severe culture shock.
Beyond that transition, as their academics advance so does their invested time and financial commitments.
The increases in time and monetary investments leaves them floundering in fear of failure/rejection.
Although these are not the sole contributors that create the elevated college stress levels, these are the
founding base that enables its development. To comprehend those base fundamentals is the easiest and
most direct formula for summing up what identifies college as a perfect breeding bed for a very stressful
environment in the first place.
There is some good news! The bad stress associated with being in college can be managed and in some cases
even avoided; without sacrificing your future or fun.
In order to attempt to efficiently maintain, avoid, or control stress it is necessary to ascertain what stress you
are under; good or bad. These are some of the most familiar signs that most people experience from living
with excessive bad stress.
1). Sudden changes in your sleep patterns. Be diligent in observing your sleep patterns. Interruptions in your
sleep can be a condition of stress. Indications can range from subtle beginnings such as occasionally failing to
catch the sandman at night, the outright inability to obtain a state of complete rest, all the way up to jerking
up gasping for breath. Interruptions may be obvious interferences. They can be in the vicinity of just getting
to the verge of blessed sleep… then something snaps and jerks you back…, fully right back…., Awake. This jolt
sends your heart racing and the familiar feeling of angst settles in for an extended stay.
These are just some of the ways stress will interject itself between you and sleep. There is a bounty of
methods that stress adeptly applies to unbalance you. Establishing that lack of sleep is a symptom, we can
appreciate that it is also a contribution that facilitates an agitated state.
2). Your eating habits change along simply not having an appetite that inspires you to eat, craving foods that
you know are unhealthy, and ignoring your urges to eat. These are some of the more reported and profiled
appetite changes for diagnosing the indications of being over-stressed.
Be mindful that these aren’t the only changes that can occur to your normal appetite because of stress, these
are just some of the more reported ones. There are many more issues that can occur. Stress is a condition
that has no pre-set indications from one person to the next. The levels of malaise that one endures because
of stress varies is a very diverse scale.
3). Most people also report that they have the regressive inability to stay on task, focus, or control their
thoughts. They notice their inability to concentrate and think in logical succession for coherence. They feel
depleted of their ambition. People have also reported feeling defeated.
This will lead to behavior changes such as decreases in academic performance, missed classes, and possibly
even a marked decline in job performance. There is also a precedence for people to dramatically and
completely decimate current employment all together.
4). Mood swings, illogical behaviors, and erratic emotions are some of the more indicative emotions. When
you are inclined to lose your polite behavior in crowds, you probably need to check yourself in relation to
your stress level. Be aware that anytime your emotional balance degrades to this extent, that you are
probably under too much stress.
5). Physical pain and discomfort, as well as certain forms of declining health also go hand-and-hand as one of
the maladies that afflict people that are under too much stress. Pain and body discomforts are real conditions
that only add more consternation to the declining health of anyone that is under too much stress. Medical
science has been proving for years that stress is a number one pre-courser to developing cardiovascular
diseases that lead to premature aging, stoke, and heart disease/failure without prejudice to age, sex, or
Ways to manage your stress:
The trick to being victorious over your stress levels is to conquer or tame the issues that exacerbate the
problem. Categorizing issues as they occur on the level of pertinence and importance in which it belongs is a
key step in reaching this victory. It is simply a step in mastering the correct method of processing your
priorities. That will enable you to ascertain exactly how to avoid certain stressful points as you reach the
crossroads that lead to them.
1). When you feel that a certain event or issue is leading to impending doom; decide how and why this
particular incident, event, or action is so imperatively catastrophic. Sometimes things aren’t as bad as you
may think if you just put them into perspective.
For example, it is November, mid-terms are looming and you are nervous about being prepared. You know
that this issue is directly relevant to your academic success, therefore it is and should be labeled as….
Important? … Yes, Life altering?… Possibly, Manageable? … Absolutely!
To determine how important an issue really is start by sitting down and delineating your priorities. Write out
a list of your reasons this issue is so important if you have to. That will serve you in concretely decreeing the
severity of its importance level. That key fact will leave you with a direct reminder to stay on task.
Now you have a standard of real-world designation for establishing a live-ability rule here. It is school—mid-
terms—it is already November. At this point, preparation time is getting short therefore urgent, but not too
late. That is the merit that differentiates the option of resolution rather than the panicked over-load that you
are setting yourself up for.
This is where you sit down and make a plan. Write out a workable schedule with a significant amount of time
designated for study but be sure to allot enough sufficient time to keep abreast of everything currently going
on in class and your life.
That is one method of avoiding the stress associated with failing/low scores and managing the exacerbating
chore of scheduling your time. Not only will you develop the platform for managing you grade points, you will
also set the precedence to pay more attention for your impending finals.
2). Don’t waste your time, efforts, or energy by striving to be like everyone else or worry so much about your
looks. First of all, you are going to class and everyone there will be human. If they are judgmental people,
they are going to judge you regardless of what methods you use to try to measure up to their standard. Set
your own standard in a form of self-acceptance. By accepting yourself and being your own best friend, you
will achieve mental and emotional balance with grounded academic stability.
You can also save yourself indiscriminately from undue stress by employing gratitude and being thankful for
the things that you have. This thought will serve you on several different levels. For one, you will have current
possessions that are compatible and sufficient to serve your needs without any extra added expenses. For
example, if your present computer still performs at a substantial rate, has all the correct programs, and
operates efficiently; then that is all you need for now. If you go chasing after every latest model and newest
technology, you will probably never keep up. Not to mention the lifetime of debt you will accrue before you
even clear your first diploma.
3). Stay away from addicting behaviors and substances; including energy drinks and supplements. Yes, life in
college is extremely liberated but also demanding. College life commands and entails large commitments in
the resources of your time. It is very easy in this uncensored environment to become irresponsible and get
caught-up in whatever everyone else may be doing in the face of late night studies, class, schedules, juggling
work and school etc., etc. Understandably, it is exhausting. Stimulants and/or mood altering drugs, alcohol,
and other additive behaviors only offer temporary relief. After that initial relief, these type of alternate
solutions deliver their own brand of new problems with a whole new source of degenerating the quality of
your life. These type of behaviors eventually will retard all positive hope for your future aspirations.
Tempering your standard and governing yourself with natural remedy in the form of adequate sleep, good
nutrition, balanced schedules, and designated priorities will produce much more positive and long-term
results. If you can’t find relief and you still need help after trying these methods, there are options of natural
remedies such as St, John’s Wort for anxiety, a B-12 supplement for energy, or a relaxing cup of chamomile
tea for productive rest.
4). Clear your world of clutter by giving up emotionally draining and depressing issues, people that don’t give
or give-back, along with projects that will never come into fruition. Balance on an everyday scale can be
achieved and maintained by giving a little, but not by giving all of yourself excessively. Fulfilling a need or two
for other people broadens your mind and refreshes your perspective on life. It generates new problem
solving skills, and creates inspiration within you. It is not human nature to close ourselves off and let the
world revolve around us indifferently, but we can’t survive by preserving nothing of ourselves either.
On that, note do get rid of the negatives and the consistently needy in the average of time, finances, and
emotional drain. That includes people that can’t or won’t help themselves. Overbearing issues such as trying
to maintain “personal relations” with someone else in the mix of trying to maintain school. As well as
financial encumbrances that are not really necessary, such as eating off campus when you can’t afford it or
things like road-trips every weekend. Once again your priorities are the key factor that relevantly weighs-in
on every decision you make. During this fundamental stage of your personal development listing your
priorities are one of the best armaments you can attain for reaching your goals.
5). Be true to yourself by meeting your own needs in the form of sufficient rest and relaxation. In all of your
busy scheduling and time commitments take some time to unwind. Forgive yourself if you score a little less
than you expected as long as you passed; the time for redemption will come. Appreciate life’s joys
industriously and do not become a slave to labor. This isn’t the place to allow distractions to rule your life but
constructive enjoyment is acceptable. College is a set learning environment so take advantage of learning to
enjoy the best of simple pleasures. For example, nothing beats the respite of losing yourself in a good read,
or a weekly movie night among friends. Your brain will revive, and your spirit will refresh just by taking this
brief occasion to let the world slip out of focus.
7). Accept that you can neither predict nor control future events.
8). Accept that you are only in control of your actions, not anyone else’s.
Ways to relieve the stress you can’t manage:
There are certain things that you can do to relieve your stress throughout your day, every day. These are not
life altering changes. These are just some tips to help you meet some simple basic needs that everyone has.
1). Take time to stop for a minute or two and refresh yourself. You can do this by getting outside in the
sunshine. Fresh air and sunlight are some of the best therapy known to ward off angst and anxiety. Most
things in life seem to take on a whole new perspective in the bright light of a sunny day.
2). You can also use some other form of relaxation such as meditation, journaling, and even stress relieving
activities such as Yoga. Beyond that there are physical activities such as walking, or simple pastimes like
reading. Even a good movie will give you a brief escape from the realities that are dragging you down. Just
remember to keep these escapes in their proper place as to their importance compared to the real issues of
3). Take short brief and inter-mitten stops throughout your day. Use these stops as the opportunity to catch
your breath and clear your mind so that you can handle the next phase of the here and now that you are
living in. These are more or less exercises in learning to live at your own pace. In essence it is the age-old
adage of stopping to smell the roses… literally.
4). Set boundaries for yourself. Recognize those boundaries and respect those boundaries. For example, if
you intend to pass your midterms, will it not be less stressful to buckle yourself down and study for them?
The concept of staying current and studying throughout the term that you are testing for would be the
simpler idea, but when exams are drawing close and you have academically ‘fell-off’ then you need to
disengage from the distractions that have created the diversion. This is the point in time to get reestablished
in your studies.
5). Schedule your down time and do not deviate from that. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a movie
night, or a small gathering among friends; just know where the fun begins and ends. It is easy to get caught
up in socializing in college, but you have to use good judgement and mediate between the here and now and
what is important in the future. There will be plenty of play time to come.
6). Find yourself a confidant. Everyone needs someone to vent to and unleash negative feelings in a positive
way. The ideal person that you should vent to is someone that is of course disassociated with the issues. They
should be trustworthy so that you know they won’t reveal your issues to the world. They should also be good
listeners with fair judgement. The objective for venting is release, not for input. The last thing you will need
at this point is someone that will try to inspire you with feedback that leads back to irresponsible behavior.
7). Pursue good activities that bring you good inspiration, joy, and laughter. There are a number of activities
that are constructive and emotionally healthy for you that will divert your mind and refresh your spirit in
tandem without losing focus on your goals.
Stress doesn’t have to be the force that robs you of current balance or future success. It is now much more
understood and there are many alternate forms of treating or dealing with it than ever before. If you can
associate yourself or someone else with the preceding information we have discussed, then you should arrest
the situation upon immediately and we hope these methods we have mentioned will assist. Beyond being
ideal for treating or averting the threats of critical stress levels, practicing these methods are also considered
to be great living skills. They are practical and will be useful in any setting. If they are not well practiced, they
should at least be do-ably familiar.
Just as no two people experience the exact same levels of stress, for the exact same reasons, the levels of
successful relief you will attain on a personal level from the afore mentioned methods will also vary. Nothing
is concretely guaranteed to work for any one particular individual, therefore we urge you to push forward if
these methods do not submit relief for you.
We urge you to seek assistance if you cannot finesse the art of mastering your stress levels. There are many
forms of alternate and traditional treatment sources available in a variety of forms that begin at the private
sector and range through community funded organizations. Some facilities offer full treatment services but
some specialize in the all-natural options of only life skills coaching and support services. Beyond the
methods mentioned, your ideal treatment plan is a decision that is reserved for you and a healthcare
professional. He or she can refer you to the most optional resource for treating your particular stress
condition that will include every level of care.