Students and stress management
Students and stress management: Stress is the feeling of pressure or worry when there’s a problem or issue going on in a person’s life, it’s emotional or physical tension as the thought of the problems at hand makes one nervous, agitated or frustrated. It’s mostly how our body deals with the challenge. So, it is not out of place to say academic pressure causes stress to students
Lectures to attend, friends to catch up with, books and handouts to buy and read, assignments to submit, tests to prepare for, exams to look forward to. The list is endless. Those are the order of a student’s life. But not all students are fully equipped mentally to go through stress.
Unfortunately, academic overloads, inadequate time to study, workload, exams, low motivation and high family expectations really drive stress among students. However, fear of failure has been identified as the major source of stress among undergraduates and this leads to frustration which causes depression. Stress can have both positive and negative consequences if not well managed.
For those that can manage it well; they end up being knowledgeable on how to work under stress beyond the school walls. But for those who cannot, they give in to drugs and alcohol and most likely fall into the clutches of depression. This affects them mentally and pushes some into suicide.
Many researchers in the field of Behavioural Science have carried out extensive research on stress and its consequences and concluded that the subject needed more concentrations.
However, it is important that students learn and obtain the essential knowledge and skills in to make them contribute positively to the development of the nation from different aspects.
Yet while trying to learn , they encounter many problems which increase their stress levels. Thus, learning becomes difficult.
According to research, the frequency of depression, anxiety and stress undergraduates was found to be 75, 88.4 and 84.4 per cent respectively. The findings of the study showed the prevalence of depression within the range of normal (25%), mild (16%), moderate (35.8%), severe (14.6%) and extremely severe (8.6%).However, there is need for early detection and management of stress among students.
High degree of stress could have negative impact on students’ learning capacity, academic performance, education and employment attainment, sleep quality and quantity, physical health and mental health. Increasing students’ stress-management skills and abilities is quite important.
The physical symptoms of stress include low energy, headaches (migraines most likely),chest pain or rapid heartbeat, stomach upset, high blood pressure , difficult breathing, insomnia, frequent cold among others. Behavioural symptoms of stress include: change in eating habits, either not eating or eating too much, procrastination and avoiding responsibilities, increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes, exhibiting nervous behaviour such as nail biting, and pacing.
Psychological and emotional signs of stress: depression or anxiety, anger, irritability, or restlessness, feeling overwhelmed, lack of motivation, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, constant worry, lack of concentration, making bad decisions and others.
Specialists have proved that there are some steps that can be taken to cope with stress.The main point is finding time to relax, out of a busy schedule, eating good food,exercising the body,listening to music,among others.
Above all; there is always a reason to be stressed out either in school, or out of school. According to an expert: “Effective stress management helps you break the hold stress has on your life, so you can be happier, healthier, and more productive. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun—and the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.”
So no matter how difficult it is to manage the stress, being able to overcome will definitely help in building you up for the future stress overload.
- Adeshina is a 100-Level student of University of Ilorin (UNILORIN).