Going to college is hard work. It's stressful for our minds AND our bodies. Make sure you are keeping both in good shape!
The University of Wisconsin Colleges is concerned with the health and safety of its faculty, staff and students, as well as visitors to its campuses. Various federal and state laws require that certain information be provided to all students to promote a healthier environment.
Learn about smart and healthy ways to handle alcohol and drugs on the Alcohol & Other Drug Education website.
Stress is an actual physical response to what is concerning us in our lives. Some stress is good and can encourage us to get a lot done. But too much stress can be very detrimental to our overall health. There is no single technique to deal with stress, but look at the things in your life that are causing you to worry: identify them first, then work on changing either the stressors themselves or your expectations about particular outcomes.
- Can you avoid/eliminate them completely? Can you limit your exposure to them?
- Expectations: work to create more realistic goals and evaluations of yourself.
- Increase your confidence in dealing with your stressors.
- Take care of yourself: eat well, exercise, make friends, relax, try meditation.
- Enjoy little things in life: there is truth to the statement “take time to stop and smell the roses.” Enjoy the sunset, the birds singing, the good things you like about yourself and your life.
If you want to succeed at college you need to have energy and focus every single day. Figure out how much sleep you need to remain energetic throughout the day, and try to maintain that schedule regularly. Sleeping helps your brain unconsciously process the information you learned and make new connections to new insights. Staying up all night or pulling all-nighters will only make you more tired and more stressed.
Sleeping in the afternoon or early evening takes up too much of your time, makes you drowsy and unfocused, and can throw off your regular sleep cycles—thus making it harder to stay awake in class. If you are feeling just slightly tired in the afternoon, do some light exercise, or try eating fresh fruits and lots of ice-cold water.
Some of the bases you should cover when investigating over-tiredness and fatigue are sleep, diet, exercise, but also blood tests that check for anemia, hypoglycemia, Epstein-Barr virus, mononucleosis, Lyme disease, and other medical energy-drainers.
Another thing to check out is your psychological health: are you happy with your friends, job, mates, finances or home-life? Even occasional and mild sadness, not to mention stress, can cause prolonged fatigue. Dysthymia, the clinical diagnosis for mild depression, is common and claims tiredness as one of its primary symptoms. Mild and more serious forms of depression affect millions of people of all ages in every career, financial bracket, and lifestyle.
Contact your health professional for clinical questions and the Office of Student Affairs if you would like more information on mental health questions and advising. Kristine Feggestad, LPC, has office hours on campus and by appointment. Office hours are Mondays and Thursdays 8:30-4:30 and Wednesdays from 8:30-12:30 p.m. She can offer referral and information as well as free counseling services to registered students. To contact Kristine, call 459-6684 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our Student Success Center page for tips on time management, test anxiety, concentration, and attitude!