The peer pressure, the term papers, the school tuition! It’s enough to make any collegiate cry, “Calgon, take me away!” But since today’s students are too young to recall the vintage commercial, they’re more likely to seek other remedies for the anxiety that schooling causes.
One of the main concerns is money—or lack thereof. According to data from the credit bureau Experian, forty million Americans have at least one outstanding student loan, an increase of more than ten million since 2008. So, with the rising costs of education come the rising levels of stress as students become anxious to find jobs directly after school to repay their loans.
Having little time to study and new responsibilities; adapting to changes in environment; and being exposed to new people and temptations are among the reported stress factors of freshman college students. And they are not alone. High school students and their parents also encounter back-to-school pressure.
More than fifty percent of parents of middle-to-high school students polled by ebates said shopping for their kids’ clothes and school items was the most stressful part of the back-to-school season. Teenaged students reported waking up early to get to class was the overwhelming cause for their stress.
“Breathslim can help high school and college students as well as their parents manage their stress,” says Eugene Shlyakhta, COO of Breathslim, a Buffalo Grove-based company that produces a respiratory training device that helps holistically improve one’s respiratory function.
“You’ve heard the expression, ‘Relax and take a deep breath.’ Well, with Breathslim you will take the deepest breath of your life. In a world full of technology and commitments that are pulling us in every direction, it is a great stress reliever to use the device nightly for 20 minutes, just to take a break and focus on your body and your breathing,” observes Shlyakhta. “Breathslim exercises the respiratory system by utilizing the concept of resistance to breathing. Similar to weight training for other muscle groups, this easy-to-use tool applies metered resistance upon inspiratory and expiratory breathing muscles.”
Compared to the National Retail Federation’s findings that reveal the average family spends more than $600 on clothes and supplies for each high school student, spending $50 to de-stress with Breathslim may prove the most practical back-to-school purchase short of Calgon bath and body products.