College life can be stressful. Stress appears in a variety of ways from challenging course work to managing roommate relationships. What is stressful to one person is not always stressful to another. Recognizing what stresses you out is the first step to managing stress in a positive and productive way.
Stress and anxiety are different.
Stress is a response to a threat in a situation. Anxiety is a reaction to the stress.
There are two types of stress.
External triggers, like getting a bad grade or a disagreement with a friend.
Internal triggers, like placing high expectations on yourself or fear of public speaking.
Stress can be good for you.
It can be that extra pressure to complete an assignment by the deadline.
But excessive stress can be bad for your emotional and physical health.
When stress becomes too much, it can limit your ability to function at your best.