Stress is a feeling of pressure and strain. Stress in small amounts can be beneficial and improve someone’s cognitive and physical performance but too much stress can be harmful.
Students are among those who are likely to experience too much stress, especially those who just finished high school and are about to get into college or university.
Stress has a variety of symptoms: physical (headaches, muscle aches, nausea, trouble sleeping, fatigue), emotional (sadness, sense of isolation, restlessness, feeling overwhelmed, irritability), cognitive (poor concentration, worrying, anxious thoughts, impaired judgement), and behavioral (altered sleeping and eating habits, lying, desire for isolation, trouble getting along).
If you know you experience too much stress, it’s best not to leave it as it is.
The infographic below is going to help you with that. It will discuss the common stress sources and suggest a couple of stress management methods. Apart from that, you will learn about the benefits of taking a gap year and how you can use it to prevent becoming stressed out in the future.