Stress top problem for college students

As students prepare to move in to campus, they will inevitably encounter stress from tests, deadlines and adapting to a new lifestyle.

Students are prone to say stress is more likely to negatively affect their grades than drinking, physical sickness, homesickness or even loss of sleep, according to a 2017 study from the American College Health Association.

For students who seek counseling, stress is one of the leading concerns they say they have, behind only anxiety, depression and relationship problems, according to a 2017 report from Penn State’s Center for Collegiate Mental Health.

At USC, more than one in four students said stress has negatively affected their academic performance in the last year, according to statistics on USC’s website.

Researchers believe stress prevents the brain from accessing stored memories, making it harder to remember answers even if you know them, said University of South Carolina professor Susan Wood, who is researching stress.

— Lucas Daprile

The State (Columbia, S.C.)

Hints from Heloise

Use a shoe bag to organize car toys

Beth F. in Hagerstown, Md. asks: We travel by car with our son, but the car gets so cluttered with his toys. How can we corral it?

Heloise says: Try hanging a shoe bag over the front seat, with the bag facing toward the back. Put his toys in the shoe slots and tell him to return them to their place when he’s done with them.

Ron R. in Michigan says: Is it necessary to print “Do Not Eat” on silica gel packs?

Heloise says: Silica packs are used to absorb moisture in products, and the contents are basically sand, so they aren’t necessarily poisonous, but they’re a temptation for kids, can cause nausea and vomiting and are a choking hazard.

— King Features

New Lonely Planet guides for cruising

Travel publisher Lonely Planet has launched its first guidebooks to cruising.

Out this summer are Cruise Ports Alaska, Cruise Ports Caribbean and Cruise Ports Scandinavia & Northern Europe ($20 each).

The books include color maps, reviews, recommendations for activities and outings in ports of call including shopping and dining, as well as tips on how to save time and money.

The guides also have sections on trip-planning, including month by month guides and advice on choosing the right cruise, along with tips on everything from visas to ground transportation to tours.

— Associated Press