3 Ways to Deal with Stress in College

There’s a lot that people look forward to when going to college, and it definitely has the potential to be a lot of fun. Many adults look back on their time at college and wistfully wish that it could have lasted longer. Four years is in reality a very short time to fit in everything that most students wish to do. After all, there are only so many hours in a day, and class, studying, exercising, participating in sports or clubs, having a social life, and finding time for sleep can’t all happen every day. If you think you can make it happen, you’ll likely find that you end up sacrificing sleep and burn out before the end of the year. Trying to make everything happen can be stressful, on top of the stress and pressure that increasingly difficult classes impose and that ever-present push to choose a career path. There are some ways, however, to reduce the stress to a dull roar so that you can get through your college life somewhat peacefully.
1. Don’t neglect your studies. It can be tempting to forgo studying for a test or completing homework you know the teacher won’t check in favor of parties, and hang out time But that carefree attitude will be short lived when you fail your first round of tests and find yourself facing academic probation if you don’t step up. Then you end up cramming nonstop to try to catch up and raise your grades in a hurry. Talk about stressful! Keeping on top of assignments regularly and pacing your study time leading up to exams will help minimize stress.
2. Utilize on-campus resources. Most schools have a counseling center or portion of the health center that provides counseling to students. This may sound completely unnecessary. After all, you’re not crazy and you’ve never had to see a therapist for help. But counselors don’t just deal with people who have serious mental disorders. It’s pretty common for students to have trouble adjusting to college or experience significant stress at some portion in their time on campus. Make the most of this resource and talk it out – you might get some great advice.
3. Schedule time to treat your body right. This can mean a lot of different things – going to the gym, attending meditation classes, taking a nap, or just chilling out in your dorm room. Don’t just assume that you’ll have “free time” to relax and recuperate. Chances are if you don’t write it down in your planner, your other commitments will spill over and you’ll have no time for health, rest, and relaxation. Literally blocking off an hour of your day in your planner for R&R makes it a priority on par with studying – which it is! Just don’t overdo it to the point where resting is the only obligation you have in your calendar. Balance is key!

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