Stress is one of the most common concerns of college students. Sources of stress in college include leaving home; living with roommates; facing new challenges related to relationships, intimacy, socializing; and striving to meet expectations related to academics.
Stress is a normal part of college life. A moderate amount of stress can be a positive influence when it motivates you to be active and productive, such as when you are working to meet academic deadlines and involved in competitive efforts. Too much stress can negatively impact mood and the ability to accomplish day-to-day responsibilities. Excessive stress that is not addressed can contribute to health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
Taking time to care for ourselves is an important aspect of stress management. These activities help trigger the relaxation response, which can prevent chronic stress from affecting your health.