By Stefanie Fairweather
SAN ANTONIO—College and stress, these words are synonymous to anyone in college. Many students across the nation don’t know the affects stress has on your grades, your mental/physical health, and future. In 2017, records show college students levels of stress are reaching record-breaking highs, according to Psychology Today.
According to OLLU Psychology professor, Dr. Brenda Guerrero, “some amounts of stress are good for the body, but the amount of stress students currently deal with can be dangerous.” Guerrero is a Psychology professor here at the Lake, she teaches courses ranging from Stress Management to Counseling. Guerrero wants to stress that prolonged amounts of stress can have long-lasting affects on a student’s life.
Each person’s stress level capacity is different, what stresses one person would not stress another. Stress Management is the key to surviving college, without can lead to a burn out.
Here are some tips to help you manage your stress:
- Get some sleep! You cannot go to sleep at 4 a.m. and wake up at 8 a.m. and expect your stress to go away. A lack of sleep increases stress levels.
- Eating healthy. Everyone already knows that eating Mcdonald’s, Whataburger, and Pizza Hut is not good for you! When you’re are already stressed eating fast food increases your susceptive to stress.
- Try not to overwhelm yourself! Enjoy life, live it to the fullest. You do not need to join EVERY organization on campus, take 18 credit hours, and work two jobs. Now is the time to live your life the way you want. Enjoy your four years here at the Lake and make lasting memories!