As a college student, have you ever felt stressed, anxious, depressed, or just like you are not getting the adequate amount of sleep? That’s because you’ve fallen victim to the cycle, and although we all fool each other into thinking we’re ‘fine’, this type of living does not come without consequence.
Mental health disorders are at their peak when it comes to college age students. A large part of this is due to the emotional transition into a new stage of life. According to PsychCentral.com, “When students head off to college, the familiar people are no longer there to reinforce the identity these students have created for themselves. This can make students “disoriented and feel a loss of their sense of self, contributing to symptoms of depression and anxiety. A shaky identity and lack of confidence can lead college students to make poor choices about drinking and drugs. We go from being coddled in the familiar to being immersed into an entirely new social world by ourselves.
Sadly, drinking has almost become synonymous with the college experience. According to addictioncenter.com, 80% of college students have abused alcohol. People enrolled in a full-time college program are twice as likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than those who don’t attend college.
Recent studies have suggested that as many as 70 percent of college students qualify as sleep deprived. Insomnia affects college students greatly. Students are not getting enough sleep at night, which affects them in their daily college routine.
There are many solutions to avoiding insomnia and anxiety in college such as, creating a bedtime routine, exercise and health efficiency. Meditation is also healthy because it helps you escape from your thoughts and feelings. It quiets the mind and it helps you be centered. Another proven way to relieve stress is to cut out screen time to get more sleep.
Anxiety and depression is very common, especially in college students. Being in college is a stepping stone that will either lift you up or either tear you down.
These disorders can build inside of anyone.
Take care of yourself, and stay healthy!