Studies indicate that more college students are struggling with stress, with one-third reporting symptoms of depression, according to the American Psychological Association. The prospect of student loan burdens in a sluggish recovery doesn't help. Increasing your ability to perform under pressure may improve your college experience and ease the challenges you face later in life.
There are two routes to pressure-induced failure. In one, the anxiety attached to an event becomes overwhelming. In the second scenario, one aspect of the task becomes the focus of all your attention to the detriment of the whole. Fortunately, successfully handling stressful situations can be learned.
A key part of dealing with pressure-related problems is realizing that it is a physiological response. In fact, some people may be genetically predisposed to worry. With prolonged exposure, the hormones released by stress may decrease performance. Therefore, it is particularly important to learn... Read More »