Stress and anxiety are among the most common problems that students from all over the world face. In this post, we’ll share important information on the different types and various symptoms of stress.
Studying at college can be both exciting and very stressful. Freshmen can feel enthusiastic about how their lives have changed with the introduction of new friends, new experiences, interesting extracurricular activities, etc. However, despite all the positive changes, they can still occasionally feel depressed, anxious, and stressed.
What is stress? In fact, stress is a natural process that is intended to keep our body and mind on our toes. There are two types of stress:
- Eustress, also called positive stress, motivates us to work harder and achieve our goals. It helps us maintain a sense of well-being and stay healthy. Examples of eustress include your feelings on the first day at your dream job, a first date, even a roller-coaster ride.
- Distress is a negative type of stress that makes us feel unhappy, irritated, and even depressed. Distress affects students’ academic performance, as well as their mental and physical health.
While we’re on the subject of the negative impacts of stress, we should mention its symptoms. Review them in list below:
- Physical symptoms:
- Head and stomach aches
- Muscle aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Low energy
- Mental symptoms:
- Sense of isolation
- Irritability and anxiousness
- Poor concentration
- Altered eating and sleeping habits
Regular distress can lead to severe health problems. The best way to avoid these negative consequences is to learn stress management techniques that work for you. The infographic below will examine the most common causes of stress and provide a few self-help strategies. If you constantly feel too tired to study and can’t summon the energy to attend classes, you should consider taking a gap year. Check out the infographic to learn benefits of taking a year off.