As many as one in four students are likely to experience stress or some form of mental health issues during their studies. This might be a temporary reaction to a painful event or a long term ongoing condition that affects resilience and ability to cope with challenge. Students in professional college top the list when it comes to depression and mental ill-health, tough syllabus and parent’s expectations are some of the important reason for this.
About mental illness
Mental illness does not have to be a diagnosed for it to be a problem. University students are in the age group (16-25) that is most likely for people to suffer from illness sometimes episode are one off and do not deteriorate into a full blown mental. Students who commit suicide do not necessarily have mental illness their coping mechanism to deal with small frustration, failure and loss. There is a wide scale of knowledge of the range of mental health diagnoses. The diagnosis isn’t the be all and end all because each diagnosis has different understanding points and different presenting problems or issue. Self esteem and self perception may be low for students experiencing mental health problem sometimes the student may not know themselves that they are experiencing mental health difficulties. Individual student may not have social skills. Keep student issue private and confidential question like how is your health? In front of other students and lectures can cause humiliation and discomfort some of student may not be able to think in a rational and may leap from one topic to another that is unrelated. Lethargy, memory concentration, hallucinations or hearing voices may be some of the symptoms as a result the student may not be able to concentrate on what is being said and they may be in their own mind. Students may be in recovery mode not having symptoms and managing their illness well. At other times they may need more support that you can give them in relation to the subject topic in your tutorials and lectures.
Mental illness covers a wide range of diagnosis and each diagnosis has a different set of problems and challenges for instance depression might affect motivation whereas psychotic conditions would affect the ability to concentrate and develop coherent tough. Often stress is a trigger and the stress of study and other influences especially in combination can cause difficulty. If symptoms are acute they can affect things such as concentration, memory and mental stamina. Even when symptoms are not acute these thing can be a problem to some degree sometimes other impacts can have the same or similar affects such as poor sleep, isolation, estrangement, etc. Medication can also have side effects which can impact on the ability to study.
Many students find that they need to develop new skills to balance between academic demands and a healthy lifestyle. There are few tips to help students to remove stress. Many students find that they can reduce their level of academic stress by improving skills such as time management, stress management, and relaxation.
Parents or teachers should help students in making time table sheet to follow and students should practice time management skills to manage academic schedule, social activities, and making time for you. Besides this students can set and implement specific goals for them self that will improve the mood and help to reduce stress.
Exercise regularly because physical activity can help you to burn off the energy generated by stress.
Practice good sleep habits to ensure that you are well-rested. Sleep deprivation can cause many physical and mental problems and can increase stress.
Try mindfulness meditation. Attend a guided meditation with any expert or watch online videos for learning videos.
Watch motivational stuff
Watch motivational videos or read any biography of any successful person.
Take regular breaks
Taking regular breaks from work or other structured activities. During breaks from class, studying, or work, spend time walking outdoors, listen to music or just sit quietly, to clear and calm your mind. You should plan leisure activities to break up your schedule so that you can refresh your mind.
Laugh as much as possible
Try to laugh as much as possible and find humor in your life because laughter can be a great tension-reducer.
Share your problem
Seek the support of friends and family or any teacher when you need and share your problems about situations that bring on stressful feelings. But make sure that you don’t focus exclusively on negative experiences.
Try setting a specific goal for yourself with the time frame that will improve your mood and help you to reduce stress.