Campus Stress: How Students Can Overcome The Pressure Cooker Of College

5fea5ffde1f5e16b26fe23bb3c9116f7Studies show that college students learn less, and retain less, when they’re under stress. With ever-mounting pressure on today’s collegians to perform well academically, while signing on to a full slate of activities socially, stress has become a raging campus epidemic. The resulting anxiety can cause students to develop learning deficiencies, miss assignments, cut classes, underachieve, or drop out altogether.

And it hurts everyone: students, parents, faculty members, and universities. To help stressed out campus dwellers get their lives back under control, here are several student-centric stress-reducing strategies, excerpted from my new book “400 Ways to Stop Stress Now…and Forever!”

Work before play.

Leisure is better enjoyed when it follows a period of good hard work. But putting off work to have your fun first is another story. Rather than relieving stress, it can be a source of it. Because now you made a conscious decision to fall behind. And the prospect of neglected work to make up can erode your fun. Don’t let others lure you away from your appointed tasks, either. (Dereliction loves company.) Students are especially vulnerable to this. In the work/play cycle the effort should always come first, before the reward. Why make yourself crazy?

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Whether it’s schoolwork or a career

training program…overnight cramming and marathon study sessions are less productive and the material more easily forgotten. Never let it get to that point. Study as you go along—in shorter, more frequent intervals. It will keep the information fresh in your mind so you won’t waste time relearning it. Review sessions will be faster and less tedious—thus, less likely to be put off. And you


Don’t let others waste your time.

Some people have no stress empathy. They see that you’re totally crazed (or do they?), yet needlessly interrupt you, get in your way, engage you in small talk, and otherwise make a nuisance of themselves. These are often people you room with, or are close to, and don’t want to offend. Be polite, be diplomatic, but firmly convey the message you’re way too busy to schmooze. Seek commiseration: “Yo


u won’t believe how swamped I am.” Or look at your watch and exclaim: “Yikes! You’ll have to excuse me…” If these don’t work, simply ask them to help you with your work. That’s right. Ask for help. It will usually get rid of them, or even better, they just might pitch in. In any case, use your ingenuity and always have a good evasive tactic at the ready. Why make yourself crazy?

Don’t be driven to Internet distraction.

The Web can soak up precious time so insidiously you’re often not even aware of it. How easily a simple online task can end up taking an hour or more! Be smart. Devise your plan of attack before going on. And stick with it. Don’t be lured away by enticing links or allow yourself to drift about aimlessly. Log on, get what you want and get off. Make the Internet the efficient, timesaving tool it was meant to b


e, and save your surfing for your leisure hours. Why make yourself crazy?

Do what needs to be done first…first.


‘ll be assured of understanding the material long after the final exam. Which is entirely the point, isn’t it? Study as you go. You’ll study less…and retain more. Why make yourself crazy?images (4)

This should be automatic, but for many reasons, we’ll put off more important and pressing things to take care of lesser priorities first. Not only does it leave that bigger thing hanging over us, it often deprives us of the time and energy we’ll need to accomplish the important task. Every day, take a few moments to consider what project would make most sense to get out of the way first. Then meet it head on, without becoming sidetracked, without trying to squeeze something else in between. Then go on to the next most critical…and watch the stress ease away. Why make yourself crazy?



The Mental Health GIF List

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Mental Health Issues?- A Starting Point For YOUR Recovery

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There are people in your community that are fighting to survive. Some are battling life threatening illnesses such as cancer and degenerative conditions. Some are desperately trying to feed themselves whilst living on the bread line. But the majority of people in your community who are fighting to survive are trying to cope with a mental illness. Perhaps, some are even trying to survive mental illness as well as these other life-threatening health and social problems.

I am not saying that the severity of mental illness in anyway outweighs that of physical health problems. What I am saying is that our 21st century community is struggling on mass with mental health issues. It is not just the emo kid that sits at the back of the bus, the ‘incapable’ teacher who breaks down in front of a class or the guy in the office who everyone thinks is a bit ‘strange’.

According to The World Health Organisation, 1 in 4 people will struggle with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. This is a well-known statistic that is on the rise.  What’s more this is only the amount of people who are diagnosed with a mental health condition and does not include the people that are struggling to cope with it on their own. It is more likely than not that when you walk down your street you will see more people who are struggling with mental illness than all other physical health problems combined.

When I say people with mental health problems are struggling to survive, I am talking about how they are struggling to meet the concept of what it is to live and have life.

People with mental health problems can find it painstakingly hard to extract any kind of joy from their day. They may also struggle to even participate in things that could bring them joy. They can be so tired and worn out that they are unable to do things that bring them meaning and life. This can be despite desperately wanting to do these things.



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Mental health may be the highest disease burden in the world and the 2nd biggest cause of disability, but people do not have to be debilitated by it.

With the ‘right’ support can return life, joy and meaning with in that. I say ‘right’ loosely. Different therapies and treatments are right for different people. In fact, often a combination of different therapies will support an individual and teach them how to cope with their illness better than 1 singular treatment. Finding the right amount of input can take time, trial and error and be frustrating, but people can learn to live their life.

I know what you are thinking. I personally have had countless professionals, relations and friends tell me that with the right therapy I will get better. And it can be frustrating because I know I want to get better but I just don’t know how or where to start.


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I do have a suggested starting point. It starts by doing a bit of research. I would suggest websites such as .

In particular, go to mind’s shop section and view their list of publications. For FREE you can view online, download or pick up a copy of all their publications in your local mind. They only charge if you want a paper copy delivered.

They have booklet on everything mental health related on the Mind Website.


*Every mental health condition – Diagnostic criteria, Symptoms, Treatments that work well for the condition, medications that work well for the condition, where to access these, real life account of how people feel when they have this illness and what has helped them etc.

*All the distinct types of therapies – What they are, who they help, how they work, their benefits, their drawbacks, past user testimonials and views, how to access the therapy and useful contacts.

*All the distinct medicines used to treat mental illness – things they help with, side effects, usage time etc.

*Your legal rights when it comes to mental health in the UK – What your rights are, how to complain, who to complain to, how to take a complaint higher, useful contacts etc..

*Coping with your mental health and making sure your rights are adhered to situations such as work, study environments etc.


SERIOUSLY, IT IS BRILLIANT. And it has helped me SO much!


Have a flick through the booklets they offer that may be relevant to you. Make some notes. Identify potential illness you think may be affecting you as well as potential therapies and medicines you think may help you and match your symptoms. Then approach your GP / Doctor / Psychiatrist and ask them about these possibilities and what they can do to help you purse these.







If you have a mental illness and are feeling stuck, try this suggestion as a starting point. I find that the more I know what is affecting me, and therefore how it can be treated the more hopeful I become about learning to cope with that issue.


If you know someone who is struggling with mental illness, this is a prompt to help them find some starting points for their recovery!


If you are not very familiar with mental illness, this has hopefully made you a bit more aware of people’s struggles and just prompted you to be a bit mindful of other people’s struggles and has equip you to be able to offer some support to people with mental illness that you may come across in the future. Your support can go a long way!



So, a conclusion! Many of our nation are struggling to live a fully, happy and meaningful life because of mental illness. Often people with mental illness struggle with where to start when trying to get better or they become stuck in a ‘rut’. But create a little research project for yourself. Start with Mind and use my free PDF template to guide you through your research. Knowledge IS power. Knowing what you have and how it can be treated can really help give you a sense of hope for a less bleaker future. And you know what if you seek out opportunities to learn about your condition and how to cope with how it affects you, you can actually live a really fulfilling life!

My journey is different and mine for the making,. So is yours.



Someone who has lived this practice, breathed it and doubted it herself over and over again. Someone still struggles but is beginning to see more little joyful moments in life.










Anorexia – Why Delve Deeper

I was reading through minds spring issue and found this on anorexia.
It explains and tackles some of the things people are often confused about or don’t understand about anorexia.
Particially the first part enlightened and educated me.
I am a firm believer that all perspectives can be understood if we try hard enough, and I think that applies to arguments, social behavior and how mental illness affects people. It’s one of those things where education and actively being open to trying to understand others is vital.
I know how things have affected me in my life and how friends despite not being able to feel what I am feeling have tried very hard to understand why I am feeling that way and looked at things from my perspective instead of their own to help me.
I know how difficult it is to try and understand something you have never experienced yourself. And how remarkable and loyal and kind these people are, and how lucky I am to have people willing and capable of doing this in my life.
I just thought this clipping provided some real insight in the same way about things people often chose to question about those who have anorexia. It’s easy to brand them as not being anorexia because they like food or vain because they take pictures of themselves and put them on instagram. But actually like all human thought, you sometimes have to delve a bit deeper to find the answer and reasons.
The following was written as part of minds article on anorexia by a member called Claire who had experienced it herself.

Am I Depressed? Depression in Women Explained

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Depression has become so common in industrialized countries that physicians often refer to it as the common cold of psychiatry. Wondering, “Am I depressed?” has become a common question. And depression in women is more frequent than in men.

The reasons may not be entirely clear, but experts suggest it’s a mixture of biological, psychological, and sociocultural matters. The following are the different explanations of the contributory factors of depression in women.

Am I Depressed? Depression in Women Explained

“Am I Depressed?” Biological Explanations

Women may have a stronger genetic predisposition to developing the mental issue. Women are also more subjected to fluctuating hormone levels. This is particularly evident during childbirth and menopause.

They are more susceptible to asking, “Am I depressed?” Therefore, depression in women is a direction in life that most women may not be able to avoid. Depression has become some sort of rite of passage for women.

Am I Depressed? Depression in Women Explained

Psychological Elucidations for Depression in Women

Am I thinking too much? Am I depressed? Am I not enough? These are the common question that every woman has asked to themselves. Women are naturally more contemplative or meditative than men, and by thinking about things more, depression is more likely to develop.

Depression in women has therefore become a common occurrence. Women tend to think more about what brought about the problems, could it have been averted, what are the things that should be done, etc. Men on the other hand will just react to difficult times with indifference, ire, or substance misuse.

Women are also more invested in relationships than men, so relationship problems will most likely affect women more, which could eventually lead to depression. Women also tend to idealize or romanticize the relationship.

Stories are already created on their minds, so when reality doesn’t match their preconceived notion on things, they get disappointed and feel lonelier to the point of asking themselves am I depressed even if they already know the answer to that question. Depression in women may be common, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a serious illness that needs to be treated.

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Am I Depressed? Depression in Women Explained

Sociocultural Explications

Women are more stressed out than men. And too much stress could possibly lead to the mental issue. They are expected to go to work, maintain their home, bring up the children, care for older relatives, and put up with all the sexism.

With that much work, depression in women is sure to happen to anyone at some point in their lives. And any woman for that matter has asked herself am I depressed for at least once in her life.

Women also live longer than men and old age is mostly associated with bereavement, loneliness, poor physical health, and precarity. Combine all these conditions and you have the perfect ingredients for developing depression in women.

Women are also more likely to ask themselves am I depressed then, consult a doctor, and to discuss their feelings with their doctor. So, the doctor would also be more likely to make a diagnosis that they have depression.

Upon reading the reasons why this mental health issue is more prevalent among women than in men, were you able to relate to this seemingly unimportant but definitely serious illness? Have you ever asked yourself am I depressed? What do you think should be done to overcome depression in women?

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