There is a lot of stress from the transition to childhood to adulthood. You're in college: you have tough classes and tougher professors; trying to fit into new friend groups; budgeting everything so you don't run out of the little money you made with your summer job; scholarships to keep up; relationships to keep up; trying to figure out what to do with the rest of your life; the list goes on. Maybe you just graduated: you're trying to find a job; you found a job but don't know if it's what you want to do; you have a job and turns out you HATE it and think you wasted 4 years getting to that point; oh yeah and you also are still broke; no one is there to help make dinner with you; you have to learn about insurance; again, the limit does not exist.
I feel you. I understand how stressful life is. Here's the thing: we all do. Everyone is feeling stressed and you aren't alone. I guarantee if you try talking to someone else in a situation like yours, 80% of their stress is super similar. So be there for each other. Be the friend who is the great listener because we all want to be heard and validated. Everyone deserves that. Find that friend who listens just as well back and lets you talk about your shitty day and then tells you about theirs. It can be really hard and frustrating to watch someone else have a really hard time and not know how to help them. I don't have an answer for that. My only guess is to be a good person to them. Make them feel loved and show them you care. Most of the time, it really is just listening to them.
Find that outlet. You need to find what works for you: running, yoga, meditation, cooking, reading a book, writing, playing video games, whatever works for you. Being able to unplug and just have quiet time in your head will give you the break you need.
Most importantly, if you feel so overwhelmed by your stress, please please talk to someone. Mental health is treated as such a taboo topic that is shameful and it is anything but. We are all affected by something and we do not need anyone feeling like they aren't worthy of their feelings. If you need to talk to a professional, reach out. At Purdue we are blessed to have amazing health services that care about their students and have many resources for students, faculty, and even the surrounding community to get help. Do a quick google search and find what's best for you.
I love you all and I understand. Let me know how you deal with your stress in the comments below.