College students are feeling more stress than ever before. Colleges are reporting higher use of counseling centers, students say they experience stress, and parents often hear it as they talk to their students. Stress is part of the college experience for many students. If your college student looks to you for help with general stress, feeling overwhelmed, or dealing with a specific problem, you might suggest that he do just one thing.
No, there isn’t a magic bullet. But when your student doesn’t know what to do next, and you are not sure what to tell her, suggest that she stop and take a breath and then do one thing over the next twenty-four hours to make a difference. Just one. Not a whole plan, not a complete turn-around, not a comprehensive solution. Just one thing.