Coping with anxiety and depression? Worried about returning to school? We're here to help!
We understand how difficult it is to process current events, and that adding the transition to online learning can also add more stress for students, particularly those who have not taken previous online courses. Communication is different. The technology we're using is different.
Luckily, there are resources available to help you cope with these changes and learn more about what you can do to manage your stress. Each page in this LibGuide is designed with student health and wellbeing in mind.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, and thinking about suicide or self-harm, there are people who care and are able to help you.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
(online chat available, free and confidential support provided 24/7)
Saint Leo Counseling & Prevention Services have licensed therapists available to talk 24/7. Call and make an appointment today: 352-588-TALK
What are anxiety and stress?
We all experience stress occasionally and develop our own ways of coping with it, but understanding exactly what stress is and what causes it can help you cope, and develop healthier coping methods.
Stress is a normal emotion, designed to help motivate us to react to changes in our environment. So, feeling stressed out is nothing to feel ashamed of! Besides, if you're a stressed-out college student, you're far from alone. According to the American College Health Association-2017 National College Health Assessment, 45% of college students said they experience "more than average stress," and 87% said they felt overwhelmed by all they had to do at least once in the previous year. It's hard to find more recent data or predict how the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown has changed things, but it's safe to say, stress is on the rise!
Stress can motivate us to get things done, such as finishing a project under a tight deadline, but too much stress can cause you to develop physical issues, such as headaches, an upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, sexual dysfunction, and problems sleeping. Emotional issues such as depression and panic attacks.