Stress is a natural feeling, designed to help you cope in challenging situations. In small amounts it’s good because it pushes you to work hard and do your best. Stress heightens the senses and your reaction times, which means it can enhance your performance, including in exams.
Leaving home to start college means lots of big changes, such as moving to a new area, being separated from friends and family, establishing a new social network, managing on a tight budget and starting your studies.
For most students, these changes are exciting and challenging but, for some, they feel overwhelming and can begin to affect health.
The first signs of stress are:
- sleep problems.
- Too much stress can lead to physical and psychological problems, such as:
- anxiety (feelings ranging from uneasiness to severe and paralysing panic)
- dry mouth
- churning stomach
- palpitations (pounding heart)
- shortness of breath
Self-help stress tips
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