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The effects of stress are, well, stressful themselves. Unfortunately this creates an endless cycle that teens and young adults aren’t yet ready to handle.

Mayo Clinic reports symptoms including:

  • Upset stomach

  • Headaches

  • Exhaustion and difficulty sleeping

  • Irritability and heightened reactions

  • Restlessness and difficulty focusing

  • Weakened immune system

  • Increased risk of anxiety disorder and depression

We know that trying to juggle college with the demands of family, work, and life can get a little crazy. The information below showcases some stress management strategies for college students. Take a deep breath and enjoy.

It’s common and too easy to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress when our world is constantly filled with reminders of what is out there.

These unhealthy responses include but aren’t limited to:

  • Excessive drinking or substance abuse

  • Overeating or eating too little

  • Self Harm

  • Anger/violence

  • Strained relationships and friendships

Some of these unhealthy responses may have long lasting, or deadly results. Taking pills that are not prescribed to you is not an option, one pill can kill.

Instead, if we learn and practice ways to constantly lower our stress levels and focus our energy into what truly matters to us, we can get ahead of the temptation to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms.

Harnessing the skills to live a life in which you can manage stress and embrace life’s highs and lows is crucial.

Remember – Each person is unique and taking the time to try many different things and figure out what combination of skills works for you is worth doing.

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If you get too stressed

Everybody needs help from time to time. If you’re experiencing depression or anxiety, if you’re unable to sleep or enjoy life, or if you’re turning to alcohol or drugs to cope with stress, it’s time to ask for help. Reach out to:

  • Your University’s Mental health services

  • A doctor or therapist

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP

  • The American institute for stress

Healthy Coping Skills