7 things you need to know about surviving student stress

About half of surveyed college students felt overwhelmed with anxiety at least once within the last 12 months.

Students across the country are starting a new school year which can often bring new stressful situations in to their daily routine.

According to, 20% of college students say they feel stressed "most of the time."

About half of surveyed college students felt overwhelmed with anxiety at least once within the last 12 months.

Many college students face the challenges of living away from home and their support system.

An unfamiliar environment, different people and even different food all contribute to the first few weeks of college becoming a very stressful time for college students.

Academic demands and test anxiety are long-term causes of stress for college students.

Here are 7 things you need to know about surviving stresses brought on by semester challenges.

STUDY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN - One of the causes of test anxiety is the fear that you didn’t study enough. By studying as much as you can, you can reduce this fear.

TRY TO MIMIC TEST TAKING CONDITIONS - It might be taking practice tests, studying in the same classroom or building where you will be taking the test or doing practice problems under timed conditions. These steps can help familiarize you to otherwise unfamiliar test taking conditions.

LEARN TO STUDY MORE EFFECTIVELY - Maybe it’s getting a tutor to help explain concepts, someone to double check your work or using something as simple as flashcards to study, but finding someone to help you study more effectively can make all the difference.

FIND WAYS TO CALM DOWN - What cools you down? Squeezing a stress ball? Taking deep breaths? Whatever relaxation technique you choose can help reduce the symptoms of text anxiety.

WATCH YOUR DIET - Eat well and eat properly. For example, too much caffeine can exacerbate the physical symptoms of test anxiety.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP - Research is clear that not getting enough sleep can impair one’s memory and reasoning abilities. The more clear-headed you are, the less anxious you will feel.

EXERCISE REGULARLY - Exercise can release tension, and the less tension you feel as you go into the test, the better off you might be.

Beyond what students can do for themselves to help lower stress levels, colleges often have professionals on staff to help students reduce and relieve stress.

Academic or student advisers, student health centers, counseling services, mental health services and even financial aid offices can be very helpful resources for students dealing with stress on campus.

Talking about what is stressful with someone can often reduce stress drastically.

You can find a stress test, lists of stress symptoms and more tips on dealing with stress here.

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