According to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the five biggest causes of college stress are peer pressure, competition, separation from family, freedom, and choosing a major/career. Obviously, stress is a very common problem among college students; the obstacle is learning how to cope with the stress in a healthy manner. Stress cannot only affect an individual’s emotional well-being, but can also affect an individual’s physical well-being. Being able to recognize the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress will in turn allow the individual to realize healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms. Another aspect of coping with stress is for each individual to have the ability to tailor his or her coping mechanism, which is unique to each individual.
Hoover, Rachel and Sherrell, Carol Nichole, "Coping with Stress [brochure and video]" (2010). Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals (CNS 577). Paper 9.