“This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-hearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one’s potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life.”
– Carl Rogers
College can be one of the most exciting and challenging times in our lives. For the first time, we are out on our own; no longer directly influenced by our parent’s rules. We have new freedoms, experiences, relationships and opportunities.
This transition from home to the college environment is not easy. It forces us out of our comfort zone creating stress and uneasy feelings. While a certain amount of stress is healthy, it can also be overwhelming. Stress can motivate us by keeping us on task and focused on our goals, even challenging us to do great things. Studies show the stress can even enhance our cognitive performance. However, too much or mismanaged stress can be toxic. Toxic stress creates overwhelming anxiety impacting emotional wellbeing. This type of anxiety can become debilitating causing college students to turn to alcohol, drugs, or simply checking out. These unhealthy coping behaviors distract from the focus needed to be successful in school. 54% of all college students report feeling overwhelming anxiety according to the latest semiannual survey conducted by the American College Health Association.
I have helped many college students with their stress, guiding them through the process of learning to mange and build resiliency. I can help you, too.
Stress Related Issues for College Students
Struggle with Making Decisions
Feeling Inadequate and Out of Place
Incapable of Coping with Academic Pressure
Difficulty Participating in Relationships