Being extremely stressed is unfortunately a normal part of being a college student. Not getting enough sleep and not having a lot of free time is enough to make a student depressed. However, there are many ways that can help get you through that. Personally, I begin by focusing on time management and understanding where exactly my stress is coming from, which is a pivotal step.
First, is there really such a thing as college depression? Well, unfortunately yes! Studies have shown that students are at higher risk of developing mental health problems. Research also showed that many people first experience mental health problems or first seek help when they are at university. More specifically, anxiety is the top presenting concern among college students at 41.6%, followed by depression at 36.4%.
Just by understanding that it is normal to be stressed during your college years is a major step in and of itself. However, trying to maintain good physical health is also super important and beneficial. I believe that a good body leads to a relaxed brain.
Also, by simply managing your time, stress won't be a problem that you deal with. You might want to read my article about time management for more specific tips.
Furthermore, never hesitate to get help if you need it. We are all humans who struggle with mental health issues at a varying degree and there is no shame in seeking help when needed. It doesn't even have to be a therapist, it could be a friend, a family member, or a class partner too. Just talking to someone can always make you feel better, so don't hesitate to do so.
You can also take advantage of EMU's free confidential counseling service CAPS for someone to talk to.
In the end, being stressed is simply a part of life and we must all cope with it. I hope you take advantage of the tips I provided and begin your path to self peace.