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College Students Nationwide Flood Mental-Health Centers

Colleges across the country are seeing a dramatic increase in students diagnosed with or being treated for anxiety and other mental health problems, including more serious psychiatric issues, Fox News reports.

Therapists blame many things for the students’ anxiety, from financial issues to not having learned how to experience failure, but the bottom line is they are “overwhelmed with stress,” Fox News said.

It’s true that young people may have different types of stress than their adult counterparts, but youth or adult, your stress levels absolutely need to be addressed to live a healthy life. For youth, it’s vitally important because studies have shown that stress today can exact a physical toll on your health during adulthood.

Other studies have shown that extreme stress can even lead to suicidal thoughts or suicide if left untreated. That’s why it’s critically important to address stress at its inception or even before it happens. One drug-free, proven strategy for stress management is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which can help reprogram your body's reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life.

Exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and meditation are all important "release valves" that can help you manage your stress. Some “superfoods” that can boost your body’s resistance to stress are green leafy vegetables, organic turkey breast, fermented foods, wild-caught Alaskan salmon, blueberries, pistachios and dark chocolate.

And — don’t forget your vitamin D with a daily dose of sunshine, which can boost your mood along with your vitamin D levels.