Most college students experience stress. Juggling academics, family, friends and work in an ever-changing world often leads to distress. This negative stress can take its toll on a person mentally, physically and spiritually. On the other hand, stress can also serve as a motivator, allowing one to finish a paper or work an extra hour. Signs of the negative impact of stress may include:
Whether stress is positive or negative depends on the individual. What might be energizing for you may be stressful to me and vice-versa. Stress is a part of our existence and management of stress, not elimination, should be the goal. In managing stress it is helpful to:
Along with stress, if you find yourself experiencing ongoing feelings of irritability, moodiness, anxiety, depression, or fearfulness, it may be time to seek help. If you experience suicidal thoughts, seek assistance right away.