A mounting problem not only in India but all over the world is that students are highly stressed and under immense pressure. In fact, India ranks in the countries having the highest rate of suicides ages 15 to 29 years. Although the reasons are countless but failure in exams, unemployment, and depression, anxiety, peer pressure etc are some of the commonly known and researched reasons why people put their life at risk or rather attempt to end their lives.
A frequent cause of concern is the strain from parents to do well in the exams. There have been many incidents in the past where students have committed suicide as they could not do as well as their parent’s expectations. The pressure is not from the parents side but also due to the fierce competition and rat race to move forward with high marks and placements with hefty packages.
The Psychologists advocate that students suffer from anxiety and harrowing disorder relating to fear of examination and fear of deadline and fear of not meeting parent’s expectations. Students waste the best part of their lives and their youth worrying and being tensed about various aspects related to education rather that enjoying every bit of the overwhelming phase of life.
Numerous studies across the globe have concluded and found that students undertaking professional courses, such as MBA, medical course and engineering courses are prone to higher stress. Undue stress leads to psychological problems like depression and anxiety or other traumatic disorders.
A cross-sectional study conducted in 2012 with students of medical, dental and engineering colleges from the urban area of Sangli district, Maharashtra showed that students from all the three disciplines studied were exposed to stress. Educational factors were one of the most imperative triggers and causes of stress among students.
Stress management is very vital as well as need of the hour especially in Higher education institutions and universities. It is suggested that stress management should be included in the curriculum and should be taught and explained to students on a routine basis to ensure a stress free environment. Stress busting activities must be conducted in order to maintain proper mental health of the students in colleges and other educational bodies. Students if found to be under stress, anxiety or depression must be counselled and guided to a better and stress free future, for more efficient results parents must also be invited to such counselling sessions which will ensure a stress free life for the student.
Teachers also play a crucial role in managing stress of student in the college environment. Teachers must also handle students with care and understand the mental state of the student in order to avoid paving a path for the student towards stress. Teachers and college authorities must also ensure that other co-curricular activities such as sports, cultural activities, talents hunts, picnics, recreational trips etc must also be organised so as to ensure that students relieve their fears, tensions and stress of examinations and other academic responsibilities.
Stress management is a team effort which is very much essential in today’s cut-throat competitive scenario where everyone is proving themselves to be the best while ignoring their peace of mind and mental stability.
By Ms Jasleen Rana