Anxiety and Depression On The Rise Among College Students

Between the stresses of schoolwork, finances, relationships, social media and more, anxiety has surpassed depression as the most common mental health diagnosis among college students.

According to a recent nationwide study conducted by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State, more than half the students visiting campus health clinics site anxiety as a health concern. Because of escalating pressures during high school, students arrive at college preloaded with stress. The Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at a University in North Carolina said, "Without the resilience of previous generations, they can't tolerate discomfort or having to struggle. A primary symptom is worrying, and they don't have the ability to soothe themselves."

How can we systematically develop stress resilience? According to the latest neuroscience research, psychologists are realizing that we process information optimally when we can combine the cognitive, emotional and kinesthetic domains of learning. Mindful Yoga does precisely that, as shown in the pyramid above.

Combining mindful movement (Acting), breath regulation (Breathing) and meditation (Centering), this three-part practice maps elegantly to the three ways we process information, enabling emotion regulation. It points to the essence of the solution to many common mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression.

Try out the 15-minute Niroga Stress Resilience App, freely downloadable on your iPhone, for practice by anyone, anytime, anywhere.