College, especially for first years, can be overwhelming and eventually, can be very stressful. You are away from your parents, you need to be independent, you have to juggle academic work, extracurricular activities, organizations, clubs, all while you need to adjust to college life.
As a student, it is quite confusing on how you should be able to do all these and still perform well in academic work. This stressful environment can also lead to depression, which is an illness that a lot of college students suffer.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 million people are living with depression and it is prevalent among college students across the United States.
Students who are living with depression have a hard time coping with their ability to work, study, interact with other people, or even take care of themselves. What’s alarming is that symptoms of depression - difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, appetite changes, feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and unhappiness, and difficulty concentrating - may lead to suicidal thoughts.
But juggling the responsibilities and keeping emotions in check is helpful if you have a good support system. It is important to surround yourself with positive and trustworthy people who can walk through your triumphs and struggles with you. Usually your support system involves your family, but since they aren’t immediately available, it’s good to find a great support system in your university or college.
You will encounter a variety of problems - academic, personal, or even financial – but know that your support system will be there for you. Even if you only need a person to talk to, or if you need help with your projects or homework, your friends will not hesitate to lend you a helping hand. It’s always comforting to know that other people will always be there for you when you need a friend - whether you need one for academic purposes or just a friend to talk to.
Aside from your friends, your support system can also include your professors as well. In times when you are struggling with your academics, your professors will always be there for you to give you academic advice.
Besides the help that they can offer you in terms of academic workload, your support system can also help you reduce stress. Surrounding yourself with positive and healthy people will minimize the stress you are experiencing.
Having a physically healthy body is also important but keeping your mental health in the best possible condition is vital for college students. It will not only affect your daily life but your future as well.
Indeed, having a great support system in life is crucial. They help you deal with the hard things going on in your life and are there to celebrate good times with you. They help relieve some of the pressure and stress that life can bring.
Life is better when you don't have to go it alone. That is why you should work to identify the people in your life who support you and to focus on how you can strengthen your relationship with your support system. When you do, you may find that you can go farther than you ever thought possible on your own.