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School stress takes a toll on health

          Many people consider college to be one of the most fun and exciting times in a person’s life. However, if students put aside the celebrations and sporting events students will discover college can also be a stressful time. At County College of Morris, students reveal what stresses them out the most and how they deal with stress.

            According to NBC News, “teens are more stressed-out than adults.” NBC conducted a survey and found that teens reported their stress level was a 5.8 on a 10-point scale, compared to 5.1 for adults.

            “It’s not even just school. We have to be able to balance school, work, a social life, sports, and other activities,” said Dante Tillman, a psychology major at CCM. “During the school year, I feel like I’m always under pressure.”

            When students don’t receive the outcome they desire, or feel pressured to certain academic results; stress occurs. Campusmindworks.org supports student’s mental health, according to their website, “stress in students is a serious thing; if they don’t manage stress, and it can take a big toll on their mental and physical health.”

            The Huffington Post states that, “common indicators that show stress is affecting your health include: headaches, changes in eating and sleeping habits, short temper, tight muscles and tension.” If students experience any of these symptoms daily, the Huffington Post advises them to “take a break from schoolwork and do something that relaxes them.”

            A team of UCLA researchers released a report on the mindset of the U.S college students. In the report, “200,000 students claimed their overall mental health and emotional stability is at an all time low.” This statement caused a lot of media coverage on this issue. ABC News ran footage of anxious- looking teenagers rushing around their college campuses.

            “This is my first year in college, and it’s a huge transition from high school. The responsibilities, and expenses stressed me out to the maximum level,” said Cecilia, a liberal arts major at CCM who declined to give her last name. “On top of my stress, I’m also worried because we had three presidential debates and college tuition was rarely ever a topic of discussion.”

            There are many ways to cope with stress, starting at school. If you find yourself worrying over health visit an adviser or a professor you trust in and talk about stress.

            According to USA Today, “in order to reduce your stress it’s crucial that you manage your time, exercise daily, and get enough sleep.” Stressing about being stressed will only make the situation worse. Once students realize they are stressed, the next step is to figure out a way to rid of it.

            “School used to stress me out to the point where I got sick over it; I realized how unhealthy that was, so now when I feel myself becoming stress, I write down everything I have to do in a journal and organize my time,” said R.J Barrow, a psychology major at CCM.

              Stressing out over school is inevitable at times. There are quizzes, finals, mid-terms, homework and balancing a life outside of school. If students take care of themselves while being stressed, college would be a healthier and better place.

-By: Kayla Corbett

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