Stress Relief: What Do We Really Learn About Stress In College?

by Doc Orman, M.D.


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In my first blog post this week (April Is Stress Awareness Month), I announced that my focus for this year’s 30-day awareness period will be on helping college students deal with stress more successfully:

“…so they can benefit from this knowledge, both during their college years and long after they graduate.”

What Did YOU Learn About Stress In College?

I don’t know about you, but I certainly didn’t learn much about coping with stress when I was in college. 

Even worse, I either developed (newly) or reinforced certain unhealthy attitudes, philosophies, and behaviors that pretty much guaranteed me to have lots of unnecessary stress in my life. 

Today’s college students might be under even more stress than in past decades, but are they being any better prepared for coping with it? 

I don’t think so. 

What A Colossal Missed Opportunity 

I think it’s a shame college students aren’t being better prepared to reduce stress in their lives.   

Think about this for a minute.  Why do we really send our kids to college?  So they can learn calculus, economics, chemistry, biology, or the physics of throwing a Frisbee?  No.  We send our kids to college, and pay the staggering tuitions, because we hope those four years of education and socialization will prepare them well for life. 

We want our kids to be happy, successful, and yes we want them to be able to hold a reasonably intelligent adult conversation.  We want them to be successful at whatever career choices they make.  We want them to be happy and successful in their relationships with others.  We want them to make a positive difference in the lives of others, and most of all—we want them to be happy with themselves.  We want them to be confident, optimistic, and have good self-esteem.  We want them to feel good about themselves, even when things don’t go perfectly in their lives. And we want them to know how to deal with adversity, which they will inevitably experience, without going off the deep end or otherwise damaging themselves or others around them. 

We Want Our Kids To Be Stress Free 

When you really get down to it, we want our kids to be as successful and happy as they can be, and we want them to have as few nasty problems in life as is humanly possible.  To my way of thinking, this means we want them to have very little “stress.” 

Yet how much of the money we spend on their college education goes to quality training on how to cope with stress?  Even if by some major fluke they end up taking an official for-credit course in college on how to cope with stress, how well are they really being educated?  Aren’t they just going to get indoctrinated into the same “stress management mentality” that is already a major part of the problem? 

And are our kids likely to get a good “education” in how to cope with stress from hanging out with their friends or other campus peer groups?  It’s very unlikely. What’s more likely is that, like me, they will just pick up or reinforce bad habits of thinking and coping, that will haunt them like a bad plague for the rest of their life. 

We Need A New Approach 

Let’s face it.  Our kids are not going to learn very much about stress (at least that is true about it) from those who are in charge of their college education. If it’s going to happen, as I think it should, it’s going to have to come from outside sources. 

That’s why I’m launching a campaign this April, in conjunction with Stress Awareness Month, to provide both free and deeply discounted stress relief education materials to college students all across America and all around the world. 

For the past six months, I have been working on a detailed E-book called College Stress Relief:  What Every Student Should Know (And Spread Around) ASAP! This book contains much of the same content that appears in my four free introductory stress mastery PDF trainings that I make available to the general public through this website. 

On April 2, 2012, I will be releasing this new 170+ page E-book, free of charge via the Internet, to all registered and prospective college students. 

This E-book will go a very long way to helping college students question the popular “wisdom” about stress that is actually disempowering them.  It will introduce them to fresh new insights about stress that will hopefully change and improve the way they think about stress forever. 

In addition, at the conclusion of this E-book, I invite those students who are interested in gaining even more advanced training to sign up for one of my core stress mastery training programs, Overcoming Negative Emotions. This 6 audio CD and Study Guide program teaches people how to quickly eliminate feelings of anger, guilt, frustration, fear, worry, and sadness whenever they want, and whenever they are troubled by these emotions.  (NOTE: This program may not be appropriate for people with severe emotional disorders.) I have also decided to reduce the price of this advanced training program by 75% for college students, and I have created a way for them to earn enough with just a few referral fees to easily cover the entire cost of the program, by simply sharing the free E-book with other students. 

Stay tuned to this blog all next week, as I will tell you even more about the launch of this college student stress relief campaign.  I will also be releasing an advance copy of the College Stress Relief E-book next week, which you’ll be able to download and share with any college students or high school seniors that you may know. 

So be sure to either check back with this blog next week, or sign up for my 20th Anniversary Celebration email list to be notified of this advanced release by email.

 

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