Five Stress-Management Tips for College Students
Classes, work, extra-curricular activities, you name it… you are probably trying to juggle it all. It is important to understand and manage everything you are trying to accomplish through college without feeling overwhelmingly stressed. Check out the five tips below to help you minimize your stress in college:
1) Get organized.
This is the most basic way to not be stressed because it will help with your time management skills. Buy a planner and write everything you have going on, deadlines and other important dates into your calendar. Not only does this provide a reference point for everything in one place, but writing things down increases the likelihood that you won’t forget something. Check your planner often and know when you can take on extra things or when it is time to say no.
2) Learn to say no.
Sometimes this is hard. Saying no could come down to not spending time with friends or going on a fun weekend trip because you simply have too many other things going on. You have to create your priorities and stick to them. Saying no to things sometimes has to happen but the pay off of working hard becomes worth it. You won’t lose friends if you can’t meet them at the bar after class one day, but a lower GPA could potentially keep you out of grad school or from getting your dream job.
3) Work ahead.
It is proven – cramming for exams doesn’t help because you end up feeling more stressed from a time crunch. Study a little bit each day for at least a few days leading up to an exam. Constantly check your syllabus and stay on top of when assignments are due and when exams are coming up. It is a much better feeling knowing you are ahead of schedule and your brain will thank you.
4) Know when to ask for help.
Students sometimes avoid reaching out to the very resources that are supposed to make college life easier. Professors, academic advisors and other people in different areas in your university are meant to provide assistance but that only happens when you go to them first. If you are stressed about a certain topic in class, visit the professor during office hours for clarification. If you are concerned about being in the right major or your course load is too much, visit an academic advisor and talk through it. If there are other aspects of your life, personal situations that are stressing you out, reach out to your university’s health center. Some schools provide a counselor that can assist you through some challenging times that occur in a college student’s life.
5) Know when to take a break.
It is important to balance work-life in college and once you reach the real world. Know when you should take a break from your work and go take a run around campus or meet a friend for a lunch. Giving your mind a break from whatever may be bogging you down can help lower your stress levels. Exercise is a fantastic way to keep yourself from getting too stressed – take out your frustration on a cardio machine or some weights. Your body will thank you.