Stress can originate from academic pressure, relationship issues, unhealthy habits, excessive expectations (our own and others), loss and transition, etc. Stress is part of life and not inherently good or bad. Stressful challenges can be positive and promote personal growth. When stress is not managed effectively though, we may get “stressed out” and experience, for example, physical aches and pains, worried thoughts and feelings, self-criticism, moodiness, lack of motivation or trouble relaxing.
Consistent sleep patterns, regular exercise and physical activity, and good nutrition are the cornerstones for a healthy lifestyle and effective stress management. We also need healthy, satisfying relationships and regular periods of relaxation and social activity. Decisions about alcohol and substance use and sexual behavior can also have an effect on our level of stress. Time management and study skills can support students in meeting academic challenges and stress.