Students and Stress

25th Oct 2016

How a Little Reminder Can Go a Long Way

Meet Jimmy.
Jimmy was just accepted to the school of his dreams. He leaves for school the first week of September and embarks on his first experience away from home.

(6 weeks later)
Jimmy is having the time of his life. Meeting new people, making new memories, and beginning to find himself.

(2 weeks later)
Jimmy fails his first midterm. He studied… A LOT...stayed awake countless nights, drank endless amounts of caffeine, and even dabbled in other remedies to help him stay awake and focus. Jimmy realized he had to work harder.

(6 weeks later)
Jimmy is not looking well, is extremely sleep deprived, and his anxiety levels are through the roof as he awaits his last final exam of the semester.

(1 week later)
Jimmy barely passes his finals, but it didn’t have to be so rough.

When many of us look back at our college years, we don’t usually think first or most about the stressful study sessions, the tears, the restless nights, or the bad grades. We have many idyllic memories. But, the majority of students experience one, if not all, common stressors throughout their college journey. For some, the stress is motivating, bearable, and stimulating, but, for others, most college stressors are excessive and harmful to both their health and their well-being. According to the Counseling and Wellness Center, stress originates from various elements, including:

  1. The Physical Environment – There is nothing worse than trying to study when your roommates are having a party that’s too loud, or running late to an exam because the highway is slammed with traffic.
  2. Physiological – stress/lack of sleep = tension on the body = lower immune system = 4AM walk-in visits.
  3. Psychological – “There is no way I can pass this test,” “I’m a disappointment to my parents,” “A B? I am so stupid.”
  4. Social – School is expensive, relationships aren’t always perfect, unfortunate events happen every day. Put this on an already stressed out student and anxiety levels escalate to intolerable heights.

It’s bad enough when your child calls you in tears regarding their fears and anxiety, but even worse when they hide it. As a parent or other loved one, there are certain cues you may pick up on - symptoms like fear, anger, mood swings, forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating. There are also those experiences that are more internal and harder for us to pick up on, such as high blood pressure, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, headaches, backaches, and muscular tension that could all have short or long-term repercussions on your child's health, and possibly your own.

Stress may be inevitable, but it doesn’t have to affect your child to the degree that many college students, like Jimmy, experience. One simple way your child can manage stress is through developing a balanced lifestyle. Many college students feel overwhelmed, develop poor eating habits, and do not get much sleep. By helping your child develop a balanced lifestyle, they will be more organized, feel a lot better about themselves, and be much more relaxed when tackling their daily activities. Your help could be as easy as sending them a gift or simply talking through what is stressing them out at that time. The act of gift-giving is a universal way to show appreciation, interest, and to remind and strengthen the bond between two people. Having this little reminder will aid in reducing stress levels and prevent the possibility of mental and physical health issues for your child.


All in all, college is supposed to be an experience that you look back on with memories of the “glory days”. Unfortunately, while embarking on this journey, stress and anxiety commonly come along for the ride, resulting in anger and frustration. If not controlled, they have the capability to create even greater problems. So, it’s important to remember that seemingly small things such as regular phone calls, care packages, and support go a long way when emotionally supporting your child. Help them to refocus and remember the bigger picture, with a little reminder of home and those that love them.

Meet Jimmy.
Jimmy was just accepted to the school of his dreams. He leaves for school the first week of September and embarks on his first experience away from home.

(6 weeks later)
Jimmy is having the time of his life. Meeting new people, making new memories, and beginning to find himself.

(2 weeks later)
Jimmy fails his first midterm. He studied…A LOT…stayed awake countless nights, drank endless amounts of caffeine, and even dabbled in other remedies to help him stay awake and focus. Jimmy’s mom called him after she heard the results to check in and reminded him that this one exam does not define him or his potential. Not long after their conversation, Jimmy got an awesome care package sent by his mom. Jimmy knew then that it would all be okay.

(6 weeks later)
Jimmy is healthier, a little sleep deprived, and as prepared as he can be as he awaits his last final exam of the semester.

(1 week later)
Jimmy passes the exam with flying colours! At what cost? A care package and a quick reminder of home.

Source: http://www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/stress-and-college-students.aspx

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