How Can I Help My Student Cope with Stress?

One of the most common issues facing students is stress. While mild tension can be part of college life and vary from day to day, ongoing stress can be detrimental.

In fact, stress is the most commonly identified barrier to academic performance among college students.  It is the number one self-reported reason students seek counseling support at BW.  Studies have linked high levels of stress with anxiety and depression.

BW's Counseling Services can help students cope.  Mental health services include individual therapy, group therapy, psychological/personality testing as well as screenings for depression, anxiety, eating disorders and alcohol/substance abuse.

Mind Spa Offers Cutting-Edge Technology
BW's Mind Spa is an innovative approach to helping students with mild stress conditions.  Housed in the Health Center, the spa offers cutting-edge technology that can help students learn and practice skills necessary to intentionally manage their physiological response to stress. 

Prolonged Anxiety Requires Prompt Attention
While a certain level of tension is common for students, especially when facing challenging exams and courses, it is the level of anxiety that differentiates the condition.  Ongoing stress can be detrimental if a person's worries become overwhelming and interfere with daily living and an ability to cope.

If your student experiences the following symptoms on a regular basis, he/she should seek assistance:

  • Unrealistic or excessive worry and fears.
  • Excessive sweating, trembling, shakiness, muscle aches.
  • Stomach upset, diarrhea, extreme dry mouth.
  • Dizziness, chronic tension headaches.
  • Racing or pounding heart, chest tightness.
  • Rapid pulse, episodes of hyperventilation.
  • Ritualistic behaviors to reduce or avoid anxiety.
  • Extreme and/or prolonged feelings of disappointment, anger, depression, helplessness. 

Encourage Assistance If Needed
If you feel your student can benefit from assistance, talk with him/her in a caring and direct manner about your concerns. Suggest he/she visit the Counseling Center as a resource. For those students who express ambivalence about seeking support, reassure him/her that the center has multiple services available and maintains confidentiality.

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