Everywhere, anytime we look, people today are more stressed out than ever. Many exceeding their limit and giving up on themselves. Stress is a very common problem being faced today and people of all ages are being affected. “Stress, it is argued, can only be sensibly defined as a perceptual phenomenon arising from a comparison between the demand on the person and his or her ability to cope. An imbalance in this mechanism, when coping is important, gives rise to the experience of stress, and to the stress response” (Cox ,1978).
INTRODUCTION Often in the process of learning or job people will experience feelings of stress. People also often complain that they suffer from stress and stress is a part of our lives. Most people will experience it at some point. Pressure is usually caused by various different factors. People will experience stress from work, school, family, relationships, health and past events.
Academic Stress: Academic stress among students have long been researched on, and researchers have identified stressors as too many assignments, competitions with other students, failures and poor relationships with other students or lecturers (Fairbrother & Warn, 2003). Academic stressors include the student 's perception of the extensive knowledge base required and the perception of an inadequate time to develop it (Carveth et al, 1996). Students report experiencing academic stress at predictable times each semester with the greatest sources of academic stress resulting from taking and studying for exams, grade competition, and the large amount of content to master in a small amount of time (Abouserie, 1994). When stress is perceived negatively
Stress can be something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety. “Stress can be a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation” (Merriam-Webster, 2014) A person experiences stress “when a demand exceeds that person’s coping abilities, resulting in reactions such as disturbances of cognition, emotion and behavior” (Huether & McCance, 2012, p. 208) Stress is “a reaction to stressful situations at work that leads to a physiological response manifested by psychosomatic symptoms such as hypertension and headache” (Toh, Ang, & Devi, 2012, p. 127). Stress occurs when the situational demands outpace the individual’s ability to
This may make student feel stressful and depressed. Stress is one of the most common psychological disorders affecting university students. The cause of stress are complex and complicated. Stress can be broke down or worse by six categories : academic background, social influences family, finances, situational problems such as illness. Some students think that stress occurred by outside factors like a test, a professor, or a paper is make them stress out.
Below, with students as the target population, I will talk about the type of stress students are facing, the importance of studying student’s stress and compare the way optimists and pessimists cope with stress, specifically with academic stress. Firstly, the type of stress that students are facing is acute stress. According to American Psychology Association (n.d.), acute stress comes from the needs and pressure in the past and the expected needs and pressure in the future. Although acute stress might not be that serious, when acute stresses are cumulated, it became a short-term stress, and it could cause distress. For students, the performance of homework, tests, quizzes and examinations can be the reason causing one to feel stress.
It affects their way of living sometimes it leads to a series of serious problems such as depression, anxiety and poor anger management. Nowadays some people tends to experience those problems and it is all due to poor stress management. A vast grow of stressed people among students and workers some of them experiences depression or anxiety to add
Academic Stress Upon University Students The compiled stressors upon university students, especially those who just came across this transitional phase, will cause them a severe academic stress. The relentless requirements of university life place a lot of pressure on students which in return stimulate a feeling of stress and worn out. Also, they face immediate challenges; according to Lumley & Provenzano (2003) “The immediate challenges that students face are the decisions they have to make about the presented career paths in addition to developing and negotiating new relationships, getting novel ideas that challenge their past-learnt views, and moving away from home.” To emphasize the importance of handling academic stress many