Stress is the emotional and physical way in which our bodies respond to an external stress or fear. Stress may affect your ability to perform well academically. You may experience difficulty with concentration, memory, completing your work, or attending class.

College is a new and exciting time, but it can be overwhelming. Recognizing the sources of stress is important in preventing it from becoming unmanageable or debilitating. Causes of stress for college students include relationships, academic performance and unhealthy habits.

If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, use the resources below or contact a counselor for help:

Symptoms & Ways to Cope

Stress in College: Common Causes
College Stress Management
10 Relaxation Techniques
Stress Management: Breathing Exercises

Learn More About Stress

Causes of Stress
Effects of Stress on Your Body
Dealing with Stress
Tips for Managing Stress
When to Seek Help