October 22, 2018
Everyone has to deal with stress. In balancing work and personal lives with academic expectations, college students face even more stress. It's easy to become overwhelmed when you have a lot on your plate. Recognizing signs of burnout, knowing how to handle your responsibilities and making sure you're taking care of your mental health can make college stress more manageable.
Academic advisors Christina Montenegro and Debra Willan and team lead Nicole Rutherford provided insight and advice for students on how to avoid burnout and how to deal with burnout if you're already feeling pushed to your limit.
What does it mean to be overwhelmed? This sensation can be different for everyone. "Most people feel overwhelmed when the estimated time needed for their tasks and priorities exceeds the amount of time available for completion of those tasks and priorities," Rutherford said. "People can also feel overwhelmed when unpredicted circumstances are forced to take precedence over previously determined priorities." Whether it's a family emergency or an unexpected bill, when a wrench is thrown into the works, it's easy to become overwhelmed by life.
Stress In College Students
The Anxiety And Depression Association Of America (ADAA) said, "Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses."
It's important to pay attention to your mental health. Sometimes what feels like being overwhelmed can actually be depression. Mental Health America (MHA) strives to educate students on how to tell the difference between general stress and a more serious mental health issue. "Depression is more serious and long-lasting than stress, and requires a different kind of help," said MHA.
"Symptoms of depression can be much more intense," the MHA said. "Depression causes powerful mood changes, such as painful sadness and despair. You may feel exhausted and unable to act." If you're experiencing symptoms of depression, make sure you speak to a doctor.
If you do find yourself becoming overwhelmed with school, there are some things you can do to calm everything down.
There are actions you can take to avoid burnout:
There are many personalized ways you can go about reducing your school stress, but there are a few things that can help every student.
Ashley Wallis is an Army veteran and writer with a BA in English Language and Literature from SNHU. She is currently living in the Denver area. Find her on Twitter @AshDWallis.
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