Stress Relief: Why Should We Focus On College Stress Throughout April 2012?

by Doc Orman, M.D.


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In my March 23, 2012 blog post titled “What Do We Really Learn About Stress In College?” I pointed out that it’s a shame most young adults graduate from college today without learning how to cope with stress successfully. 

I also noted that April is National Stress Awareness Month, a 30-day period where stress experts and other health professionals all across the country are encouraged to promote increased awareness about stress and about common myths and misconceptions regarding stress that are prevalent in our society. 

My Contribution To Stress Awareness Month 2012 

For my part in 2012, in addition to sponsoring Stress Awareness Month nationally, I will be focusing on helping college students discover how to both understand and deal with stress more successfully. I will also be dedicating all three of my blog posts this week to this important topic, including giving you an advance look at a new college stress relief e-book that I will officially release on Monday, April 2nd. 

Now you might be thinking “Why should I care about college stress?  After all, what does this have to do with me or with my personal concerns about stress in my own life?”  Fair question. 

I think it’s important to focus on college stress for a number of reasons: 

  1. Many students in college now will become our future doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists, innovators and other types of leaders.  They will have opportunities throughout their lives to influence millions of other people, so the more they know about how to understand and deal with stress optimally, the more they can pass this knowledge on to others.
  2. Many college students today are experiencing extremely high levels of personal stress, which can lead to psychological impairment, eating disorders, substance abuse, health problems, accidents, suicides, and a multitude of other unfortunate (and often unnecessary) problems.
  3. High levels of stress in college can also lead to violence and other destructive behaviors, which can indeed sometimes directly impact YOUR LIFE.
  4. If you currently have children in college, then you should be concerned about the problem of college stress, if not for yourself then at the very least for their welfare.
  5. The principles of optimally understanding and dealing with stress are exactly the same for college students as they are for all adults everywhere.  So if you were not well educated about stress when you were in college, and you haven’t closed that gap since graduating, you’ve also got much to learn about stress as well. 

Will College Students Be Receptive? 

This is a valid concern.  Sometimes, people who could benefit most from gaining new wisdom about stress are not very open to learning anything new.  This is equally true for college students as it is for those who never attended college or who graduated many years ago. 

Truthfully, I don’t know if college students will be receptive to any new input on how to better understand or deal with stress in their lives.  But I think we need to try, so I, for one, am going to give it my best shot.  And I intend to continue to focus on this opportunity long after Stress Awareness Month 2012 is over. 

As with any large population of diverse human beings, I’m sure there will be many college students who are open to new input and who would welcome gaining some fresh new insights about how to think about and deal with stress more successfully. 

Hopefully, we can reward such open-minded people with some very high-quality input that really does make a positive difference in their lives.  And hopefully, if we do that, the word will spread around and other college students and educators may begin to become more interested. 

That’s my goal.  It’s also my plan. 

In my next blog post, I’ll tell you why I think current approaches to helping college students deal with stress are, for the most part, either outdated or ineffective. 

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