Stress: Symptoms and How to Cope

Stress is the emotional and physical way in which our bodies respond to an external stressor or fear. Common stress reactions include tension, irritability, and inability to concentrate. Our bodies' reaction to stress can cause physical symptoms that may include shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, higher blood pressure, increased perspiration, tensed muscles, clenched teeth, stomach ache or "butterflies", headache, and loss of appetite or a possible increase in appetite. Stress may affect your ability to perform well academically. You may experience difficulty with concentration, memory, completing you work, and/or attending class.

It's almost impossible to live without some stress. And most of us wouldn't want to because it gives life some spice and excitement. Stress can be a positive benefit. At times stress helps us to react to a dangerous situation better, it can motivate us to work hard and get things done. But if stress gets out of control, it may harm your health, your relationships, and your enjoyment of life.

College is a new and exciting time, but it can be overwhelming. Among all of the new experiences, and learning and growing opportunities available in a college environment, many may lead to unhealthy levels of stress which hinder students' abilities to socialize and to achieve their academic goals. Recognizing the sources of stress is important in preventing it from becoming unmanageable or debilitating. Causes of stress for college students include relationships, academic performance, and unhealthy habits.

Common Causes of Stress for College Students

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