Monday, October 30, 2006

Stressed Out College Students

College life can be very stressful. Probably all college students experience stress at least once a week. Stress can be positive and serve to motivate, but usually works in a negative way. One possibility for this could be the workload. Students typically have a very busy week going to classes, doing homework for those classes, writing papers, preparing speeches, and studying for exams. With all these contributing factors stress levels are likely to rise. The desire to obtain good grades is probably the most common factor that leads to stress. A person's social life can also cause them to become stressed out. Also, people who play sports in college are at a greater risk than non atheltes. Between going to classes and practices, their free time is very limited. Dr. Gregory Hall gives important warning signs to know when you are stressed.

-Changes in sleep patterns; taking longer to fall asleep; waking up tired and not well rested.
-Changes in eating habits.
-More frequent headaches than is normal for you.
-Recurring colds and minor illness.
-Frequent muscle ache and/or tightness.
-More disorganized than normal for you.
-Increased difficulty in task completion.
-A greater sense of persistent time pressure.
-Increased generalized frustration and anger.

So are you one of these stressed out college students? What is your biggest cause of stress and what is the best way for you to deal with it?

12 comments:

TaylorKaram said...

Stress is undoubtedly an issue with almost all college students. However, the only solution would be to reduce the workload. And since college is a competitive process, where the main goal (at least in terms of academics) is to make yourself the most desirable candidate for a job, this wouldn't be very effective. In all honesty, college students are trying to sell themselves to future employers, and grades/extracurricular activities/ internships offer an edge over the competition. So while I'm sure steps can be taken to minimize the impact of stress, the causes can't be taken away.

Geoff Enz said...

Stress is common place in the college atmosphere, where students have to read books, study for exams and type papers all at the same time. Having all of these variables tie in with the lack of sleep and a person leisure time leads many people to procrastinate. The increase workload that teachers put on students is to be expected, since we are in college. Even superman could not get everything accomplished that needs to be done in stressful work week. Stress is commonplace in the work environment, so I figure that we had better find successful ways of dealing with it because we will be dealing with it for the rest of our lives.

JBrossart said...

We all have stress, it comes in varying forms but yet it is nonetheless present. Dealing with stress is something that tells a persons upbringing. Some people handle stress by becoming reclusive while others become belligerent. I think it easy to say that those who coup with stress better are more successful and happier. I have no magic cure for dealing with stress but there is one for each person. For me its flying or weightlifting yours might be painting.

KristenBird said...

Stress is a huge issue for me, especially this semester and is for many others as well. I often feel that are simply not enough hours in the day to get everything done for each class that I am taking. I try to get to yoga as often as possible now just to get my mind off it and keep from freaking out, but that is really the only thing that I have found that seems to help get rid of stress, at least for a little while. And the worst part, is this is just the begining, being in my first real job will be just as stressful.

brandi mitchell said...

Stress is huge in my life. I can't remember a time when I wasn't stressed. I have always been incredibly busy since I hit high school, but when I reached college I had no idea what I was in for. My first semester in college I was a cheerleader, I volunteered three times a week, had a full schedule of classes, and I even tried to find a job. I was so stressed out all I wanted to do was cry. When I made it to this year, I figured, hey, things will be better. Wrong! I have been so busy this semester that all I can do is scream. The best way for me to deal with my stress is to eat or shop. Typical girl things. But I also tend to yell... At whoever is surrounding me. Stress is tough for anyone, but I'm learning to deal with it.

Josh Carter said...

Indeed, college is a stressful time of students. Personally, I’ve found that I struggle to sleep when I am stressed out which then makes it difficult to focus in classes. As a result, I am forced to make a decision: cut into my sleeping time to try to study more to make up for what I am missing in class or try to get more sleep knowing I will not know those sections of notes as well but hoping to end the problem before it develops further. Essentially what I am faced with is making a decision based on the marginal costs and benefits of each. The problem is deciding which choice does have more benefits.

Julie_Boyce said...
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Julie_Boyce said...

Is it bad to say that I hav enoticed each of the facts listed happening in my daily life? Well, I will admit that lately I have been stressed out with everything from school to my social life it just seems like i'm cramming everything in. Well, I think stress only gets as bad as you let it get and that's why I found me a temporary antidote. Give this girl a chocolate milkshake and I'm one happy camper!

Mike Basic said...

Well stress is my middle name. I do not know what life would be without stress in it. All those warning signs engulf my life. I really think that all of it is worth it though. If I wasn't stressed out so much I wouldnt work nearly as hard as I do. I play one of the most stressful sports here... baseball. The physical and mental depends of the sport are unrelenting. We practice in the off season for hours and hours each day and before I know it, it is 9:00pm and I'm just now starting my homework (on a good night). Being a student-athlete is rough. I think my life would be a lot less stressful if I did not play baseball here. However, I will stop complaining about the stress because it got me a National Championship Ring!

WhitMill said...

Life would not be the same for college students if the levels of work was reduced. College is a time for students to learn as much as they can before entering the real world. Part of that learning process takes place outside of the classroom. Life is stressful, and it is only by learning how to deal with it now do we learn how to deal with it later. I do not believe that reducing the amount of work college students have to do would help anything. The bigest factor of stress is procrastination. The real trick would be to get rid of procrastination then output of college students would increase.

Garrett Banks said...

I couldn't imagine what a day without stress would be like. I go through stress everyday whether its from the pressure to do well in school or the pressure to produce on the football field. The best way i deal with stress i s if i have a chance i try to take a break from whatever im doing and try and forget about all of the stressful things that fill my days.

David Allen said...

I must say college life is very stressfull. It never ends, I always have something to do. Between school, football, and work it seems like it will never end. In the end, it all pays off though.