Stress Relief and Anxiety in College Students

pexels-photo-256517.jpegAbout one in every five adults in America experience a mental illness. Anxiety is categorized as a psychological disorder and is one of the most common in college-age students and is caused by overwhelming amounts of stress.

Stress is a normal part of life and is caused by many different things but impacts people in different ways. Most common stressors in young adults include:

  • Moving out for the first time
  • Roommates
  • Learning how to handle things on our own
  • Test anxiety
  • Balancing work and school
  • Time management

Graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska at Omaha accessibility services center, Stephanie Hengen, says “A lot of times we all feel anxious like if we’re going into a new situation or if we’re doing something that’s kind of outside of what we are used to doing.”

The real problem is when stress becomes out of hand and panic sets in for an extended period. This would be an example of Anxiety Disorder.

Symptoms of anxiety can be minor changes but can range from extreme changes. Common noticeable symptoms of anxiety include:

  • rapid heart beat
  • reduced ability to concentrate
  • restlessness
  • a lessened appetite
  • insomnia
  • drop in motivation and energy levels

Hengen says to reduce the likelihood of stress and anxiety attacks, stress reduction is crucial. “In order to relieve stress, you really need to find what works best for you and try to implement that in your daily life.”

Some of the most common ways to relieve stress include:

  • exercising
  • playing with pets
  • drawing
  • listening to music
  • going to church

To reduce stress levels and prevent anxiety try out these stress relief techniques in your daily routine.


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