10 Books To Help College Students Manage Stress and Anxiety

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Ten books that can help you identify stressful triggers in college – containing advice, guidance, and tips to assist you with anxiety & time-management, when you start to feel out of control and overwhelmed.

Note, that while self-care and advice books may be helpful for managing stress and anxiety, not all anxiety is “typical” for college, and could be a sign of depression. If you think you are experiencing signs of depression it is advised that you talk to your school’s psychologist or an expert for assistance.

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Self-Care for College Students By Julia Dellitt

Make the most out of your college experience with these manageable self-care tips that are easy to incorporate into your busy college lifestyle.

As a student in college—you’re dealing with a lot. At times this can be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining between classes, homework, activities, and building a new social life for yourself. But the secret to making sure these are the best years of your life is making time for self-care.

If you’ve been working for hours on your latest paper, take a walk around campus to get moving. If you’re feeling tired after a long week of classes and activities, give yourself permission to say no to those Friday night plans and take a relaxing evening for yourself. Self-Care for College Students offers suggestions that help you tackle every aspect of taking care of yourself from the simplest tasks to rewarding activities that might require more planning. Whether it is making sure you eat a healthy meal to utilizing your school’s support services, there is advice for any situation.

In this book, find realistic and practical self-care activities that you can try right away to maximize your college experience. Each activity is designed to help you refuel, such as making sure you get enough sleep to developing an exercise routine. Start making time for you and make your college years the best of your life—all while building lifelong habits for success and happiness for years to come.

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Stress Relief For The Anxious Mind: Practical Advice to Destress Your Life in 5 Minutes a Day by Lauren Ryan

 

Here’s just a small fraction of what you’ll discover in this book:

How stress is created in your brain, page 15

The long-term physical dangers of stress, page 19

6 major effects of stress on your mood, page 21

7 ways too much stress can change your behavior, page 31

How to recognize when you are stressed, page 43

The 4 different types of stress, page 48

How to identify your stress triggers (as used by the Mayo Clinic), page 45

The powerful and free way to calm your mind and reduce stress, page 53

The foolproof 7-step goal-setting plan for eliminating stress from your life, page 63

4 Techniques for avoiding stressful situations, page 70

3 strategies for creating a stress-free environment, at home, work, or school, page 74

12 activities you’re already doing that reduce stress in all areas of your life, page 82

15 Stress relieving exercises you can do in as little as one minute, page 85

2 ways to get rid of stress-headache, quickly and drug-free, page 92

A 5-minute exercise (recommended by the National Sleep Foundation) for melting away stress and getting to sleep fast, page 94

The 3 objects in your home that are costing you sleep, page 95

2 foolproof methods for dealing with chronic stress, page 96

3 strategies to curb negative self-talk and finally stop being overly self-critical, page 104

How a cheap (less than $1) drugstore item can help eliminate perfectionism, page 105

The background, guidance, and practical advice in this book can help you combat stress and live a better life. Source: Publisher.

 

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The Disintegrating Student: Super Smart & Falling Apart by Jeannine Jannot, Ph.D.

 

“But you’ve never had trouble with school–what happened?”

In The Disintegrating Student, Jeannine Jannot, Ph.D. explores an increasingly common phenomenon: bright, successful students who suddenly hit a wall, with falling grades, scattered work, and emotional upheaval. In this engaging and easy-to-read book, Dr. Jannot explains why your super-smart student is falling apart, and what you can do about it.

Drawing on her decades of experience as a school psychologist, mother of three, college psychology instructor, and student coach, Dr. Jannot covers the developmental and cultural influences that cause today’s students to feel overwhelmed and stressed out, how this affects them academically and emotionally, and why they often don’t ask for help.

Dr. Jannot identifies the skill deficits and counterproductive behaviors common to disintegrating students, and provides 77 Tips to be Productive and Well that will help struggling students get back on track to achieving their full potential. The Disintegrating Student teaches you how to help your child embrace what’s going right, address what’s going wrong, and develop the skills they need for success in school, and in life. Source: Publisher

 

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This Book Will Not Be On The Test: The Study Skills Revolution by Paul Smith Rivas

 

The problem with higher education today is that colleges are not transparent about their students’ academic lives, so families don’t know what their students should experience or accomplish in college. This book is part on-the-ground college insider tell-all memoir and part study skills Bible. It’s brutally honest, relatable, and entirely free of jargon, and alerts parents to a huge problem in American education today – that high school doesn’t prepare students to thrive in college. Offering explicit study skills solutions for the academic, financial, and mental health problems caused by this unfortunate reality, this book helps students, parents, teachers, and administrators have more rewarding experiences in schools, to the great benefit of themselves and their school communities. It shows students how to learn more and earn better grades in less time so that they can make the most of their college investment, parents what they can expect from their kids’ college experiences, and administrators what the schoolwork is really like at the level below or above their current professional context. Every parent will recognize their college-bound children in several of the chapters.

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The No Worries Workbook: 124 Lists, Activities, & Prompts to Get Out of Your Head and On with Your Life by Molly Burford

Cope with your day-to-day worries in fun, productive, and healthy ways with this creative and interactive guidebook to worrying less.

From global warming to FOMO (fear of missing out) and social anxiety to Instagram envy, we all have a lot to worry about, both now and in the future. Worry and stress can feel overwhelming and affect many parts of our daily lives, but most problems can be dealt with in small, bite-sized, and even playful ways.

The No Worries Workbook guides you through fun and creative coping exercises that you can do whenever you start to feel the worry take over. Doing a little at a time every day, can help you get through each day with less worry and more productivity. Setting small goals, keeping track of your everyday accomplishments, making personal aromatherapy tools, and doodling, are all activities that can help you breathe and sleep easier—and ultimately worry less.

This friendly, fun take on different stress-free activities will help you manage your worries and allows you to be mindful of all the positives in your day-to-day life. With creative activities, quotes, journal prompts, and light cognitive exercises, you’ll have all the tips and tricks you need to stop the chronic worrying and start enjoying life.

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You are a Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Packed with humor, inspiration, and advice, You Are a Badass is the #1 New York Times bestselling self-help book that teaches you how to get better without getting busted. In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, and make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.
By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass. Source: Publisher

 

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Time Management Magic by Lee Cockerell

 

Executive time management secrets from a life at Disney. During Lee Cockerell’s career at Disney as the Senior Operating Executive of Walt Disney World Resorts, he led a team of 40,000 Cast Members (employees) and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks and the ESPN Sports Complex. As you can imagine, Lee had to become a time management expert, first as a means of survival and then as a way to help others make the best use of their time. The time management secrets he developed have become one of his most requested corporate training lectures and are now available to you in this tell-all book. However, this book is not just about Time Management. It is about Life Management. “Management” is defined as the act of controlling. The executive time management secrets contained in this book will help you keep all parts of your life under control and jump-start your personal and professional growth. Source: Publisher

 

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The College De-Stress Handbook: Keeping Cool Under Pressure From The Inside Out by Jeff Goelitz and Robert A. Rees

Learn to Make the Right Choices and Add Balance and Ease for a Great Experience. Navigating the college maze is stressful, with lots of personal and academic challenges along the way. The College De-Stress Handbook can teach you what you can control and how to maintain ease and flow. Based on the Institute of HeartMath’s 20 years of stress and emotion self-regulation research, this handbook, highly touted by psychologists, professors and other educators, can help serious students recognize their stressors and how to stop them in the moment. It contains three key HeartMath techniques that guide you in recognizing your personal stressors and in learning to reduce their intensity and eventually replacing them with more positive feeling and attitudes. College students will find they are soon using these easy-to-learn techniques, which have been shown to improve test-taking and other academic performance and the ability to replenish the energy and resilience needed to do well and have a great experience in the process. Source: Publisher

 

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The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook: Your Guide for Everything from Hangovers to Homesickness by Jill Grimes

Gold Medal Winner of the 2020 Literary Titan Award!

Consider this College Health 101—a guide to what students really want (or need) to know about their mental and physical health when they’re away from home.

College students facing their first illness, accident, or anxiety away from home often flip-flop between wanting to handle it themselves and wishing their parents could swoop in and fix everything. Advice from peers and “Dr. Google” can be questionable.The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook provides accurate, trustworthy, evidence-based medical information (served with a dose of humor) to reduce anxiety and stress and help set appropriate expectations for more than fifty common issues.

What if you can’t sleep well (or can’t sleep at all) in your dorm room?  What if a pill “gets stuck” in your throat? What if your roommate falls asleep (or passes out) wearing contacts, and wakes up with one painfully stuck? Your friend’s terrible sore throat isn’t Strep or Mono? What else could it be? What if everyone from your group project thinks they’re coming down with the flu the day before your presentation?

Dr. Jill Grimes has the answer to these questions and many more. Her guidebook is designed to help you:

Decide if and when to seek medical help

Know what to expect when you get there

Plan for the worst-case scenario if you don’t seek help

Learn how you can prevent this in the future

Realize what you can do right now, before you see a doctor

Understand the diagnostic and treatment options
The topics of tattoos, smoking, vaping, pot, piercings, and prescription drugs will also be tackled throughout the pages of this handbook, ensuring you, your roommates, and your friends have a healthy semester. Source: Publisher

 

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Student Well-Being Series: Anxiety @ College by Dr. Dominique Thompson

This easy-to-read guide will help students understand where their anxiety comes from and why it exists, and help them develop the tools they need to handle it. explains how anxiety affects people in many different ways–helping readers develop the kinds of strategies that will help them in ways that are truly meaningful for their experience. Source: Publisher

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