The goal of my research is to present the truth behind physical fitness and mental health for college-aged people. The sad truth is that 41.6% of college students have said that they feel anxiety on a usual basis and on top of this 36.4% have said they feel depressed. In 2007, the percentage of students experiencing anxiety was around 20% so in just a little more than 10 years the numbers have doubled. To me, it seems that the simplest solution is to invest in your physical well-being. Your mental health is directly correlated to your physical well-being. Studies have shown that exercising regularly eases depression, reduces anxiety, and raises self-esteem. Speaking from experience of attending college full-time as an engineering major and working over 20 hours a week I often struggle to prioritize to investing in my physical and mental health. With these figures being at an all-time high there must be a change made to help our students. Physical exercise promotes a healthy way for students to escape from the stress they experience. It is time to put our student’s mental health into the spotlight.
41.6% of college students have admitted to feeling anxiety throughout their college life. With these figures being at an all-time high there must be a change made to help our students. Physical exercise promotes a healthy way for students to escape from the stress they experience.
- Psychology and Health
Very informative and timely too!
Great presentation! This is a topic that I am particularly interested in as I have been reading a lot about the integration of mindful movement in the context of psychotherapy. Do you have any research studies or book suggestions that you found beneficial when researching this topic?
A book I found very useful to begin my research was titled “College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It.” This book got the topic rolling for me and I believe helped point me in the right direction of my paper.
Thanks so much, Andrew! I look forward to checking it out.
Great topic! I really appreciated your emphasis on at home workouts, especially when we’re learning to live and cope with the ramifications of COVID-19. The one thing that has been keeping my anxiety and depression at bay during this time are my workouts. Thanks for a great presentation!