Balancing Mental Health and A College Education

Your future. Final exams. Your living situation. Student loan debt. Going away to college and being separated from your family and friends for the first time in your life. These and other factors can emotionally and psychologically overwhelm students with stress, adding strain to their lives and provoking them to do poorly in their courses, which happens a lot more often than you would imagine.

The infographic below, Managing the College Stress Epidemic, breaks down the severity of stress and anxiety at the college/university level, even a summary of symptoms, triggers, and treatment opportunities. It is fundamental information for all college students, incoming freshmen, and even the family of students.

Students can also take it upon themselves to do certain things in their everyday lives to battle stress on their own. Getting enough sleep every night, for example, can have an enormous effect on battling stress, and yet is something that is not prioritized by college students. Sleep, exercise, and nutrition will not only alleviate stress, but they also add to better physical health — the combination of which can make the difference between academic failure and success.

A great start to staying positive, healthy and keeping stress at bay is to continue reading below.