Positive Effects Of College Stress

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Today college students are experiencing more stress than previous decades and an increased workload. (“A Student 's Guide to Balancing Stress,”). Students may feel pressure from their parents, classmates, and teachers. They even feel pressure among themselves because they are expected to do well in school, maintain their academic grades and meet deadlines. College is very stressful, in fact stress can be one of the main problems college students have. Stress is very harmful when it’s excessive, but stress can be helpful and stimulating (“Stress and College Students,”). Stress can have a positive effect because it challenges students to meet their goals but the problem comes when they experience too much stress. It can affect their mood, ability …show more content…
If we are feeling all these emotions it may be difficult to overcome these negative emotions and especially by ourselves. Also studies have shown that having the support from peers or family members reduces stress. For example in a random selection of 120 students at the University of Malaysia were asked to answer questions about stress and students who reported having the most support from colleagues and their family were less stressed out than those who had less support ( Baqutayan, Shadiya ). Having support is very important and even if you don’t have a lot of friends or a big family you can try joining a club or some social activity. For example this semester I am taking a Community Based Learning (CBL) course where I spend time with fourth graders, and I teach them Spanish we even do activities about life lessons. Before the CBL I felt more overwhelm but after doing the session I do feel a change. I think it’s because it keeps my mind from worrying or having any negative emotions that are caused by stress. It’s important that we have someone we can talk to and trust because this will make us feel more …show more content…
I know some students may feel too tired, or they do not have time to exercise because they are too busy. However although this may sound strange, exercising can actually give us more energy, reduces stress and plus gives many good health benefits! According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Research (ADAA) has shown that regular exercising among young adults are twenty- five percent less likely to develop depression and anxiety, which can be caused by stress. The ADAA also states that exercising helps fight diseases and improves alertness concentration and cognitive function. Also exercise can improve our ability to sleep and our self-esteem ("Physical Activity Reduces Stress."). There are so many wonderful benefits but how does exercising reduce stress? According to Harvard Health publications exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. When we exercise we produce endorphins and they are natural painkillers. Endorphins are also responsible for us feeling relaxed and optimistic ("Exercising to Relax"). However some college students think they do not have time but they do not have to do a lot of exercise in order to reduce stress. In fact the ADAA states that even 5 minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate the anti anxiety effects ("Physical Activity Reduces Stress."). I know some may say exercise is boring or they have no interest instead they should do sports or

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