I am unable to concentrate on my studies.
I get distracted easily.
The thought of upcoming tests makes me extremely anxious.
Sometimes I feel like I don’t deserve to be in the university, to begin with.
Some assignments seem so overwhelming that I just give up on them.
My relationships with my fellow students are complicated.
I feel awkward around my peers.
I have fallen behind in my studies and can’t catch up.
I fear criticism.
Random questions and spontaneous assignments make me feel uncomfortable.
I tend to overthink test questions.
I don’t have the willpower to study.
I feel extremely anxious before tests, even if I studied.
I am terrified of being excluded from university.
Sometimes I have to speak in front of an audience, and that makes me very anxious.
I am bullied by my peers or professors/lecturers.
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I struggle to complete tasks on my to-do list.
I can’t fall asleep before an important exam.
I am very concerned about my future.
My mood depends on how well I do in exams.
The minimum score is 0.
The maximum score is 100.
The higher the score, the higher the stress level.
Student stress can negatively affect your mental and physical wellbeing, as well as academic performance. If an undesirable event occurs, such as a bad grade, your cortisol spikes high and remains high unless you know how to relax and let things go. Being in a state of constant stress may lead to a weakened immune system, anxiety, and depression.
Additional contributors to student stress are:
- financial struggles
- living far from home
- living with roommates
- romantic relationships
Mild stress can be managed by
- eating well
- sleeping well
- taking a walk
- spending time with family and friends
- learning time management techniques
- getting more organized
- realizing that academic intelligence can be developed
- talking to others about your difficulties
- developing optimism
However, if you experience any of the below symptoms, you must talk to a mental health professional:
- violent outbursts
- uncontrollable crying
- panic attacks
- substance abuse
- suicidal thoughts
- abnormal social withdrawal