As we quickly approach exams many of our stress and anxiety levels get ratcheted up to a new degree. I, for one, have never been too keen on exams, and I feel like it is safe to say that many of you feel the same way. Often times, I will cram the night before, possibly all night long, suck down a few gallons of coffee, and hope for the best.
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Before meeting with president of Active Minds, Sarah Berendt, to talk about mental health and what their organization does to address such an expansive issue, I got to thinking about the more specific mental health issue of stress and the role that it plays in college culture.
What can one do when the feelings of desperation and a cry for help cannot be formed into words? Self–injury is often what occurs. People may not even realize it that someone so close to them can be a self–injurer.
Music can serve as a powerful stress reliever. For many, music is highly therapeutic. I can attest to it myself because I use many genres of music to cope with stress and anxiety.