How to deal with stress for students

Hello my name is Kaila Coon and I am a senior at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I am a communications major and a development intern at the Knoxville Zoo! I love to spend my free time with my friends, kayaking, riding horses, and hiking!

Throughout the transition from high school to college you will experience many ups and downs that will define who you are in the future as not only a student but a person. Between the newfound freedom of controlling your own life and having to balance a tough schedule, staying calm can often be hard. It is very easy to get over- whelmed in college, but it is also easy to control how you deal with it. Here are a few tips on how to stress-free and in control.
1. Go to class
Sounds simple, right? Wrong. Being independent can lead to making bad choices that you may think are the best for you now but in reality are not. Missing one class can lead to many things that affect your mood, grades, and self confidence. Keeping up with your attendance helps avoid the snowball effect of getting over-whelmed. Remember that you control your decisions and make going to class a habit.
2. Keep a planner
Whether you are taking twelve hours or eighteen hours, keeping a planner is a must. By having a planner with you, you will be sure to never miss any classes, appointments, or deadlines that lead to future stress and annoyances that could have been avoided. Take full advantage of your planner and keep any extra-curricular activities, birthdays, or goals inside. Staying organized is a huge confidence booster and takes away the possibility of forgetting something important.

3. Stay active
This is physically the best way to relieve a TON of stress and boost your mood! Staying active to you may be running, playing on an intramural team, or simply taking a thirty minute walk with your dog every morning! It is so important to stay moving to lower stress levels and feel mentally healthy as well. Need a little motivation? Find a friend to keep you accountable and join you! With different schedules it may be tough to be active together every day, but having someone else hold you accountable will make it easier for you to get up and go! Staying active will also help avoid that pesky “freshman 15”.

4. Keep your priorities in line
This is a HUGE problem for every college student but totally avoidable. With all the extra curricular activities, internships, homework, and jobs it can be hard to balance it all. How important is one party verses studying for a huge test? How much do you really need that item of clothing rather than being able to pay your utilities this month? These are all realistic situations that require mature, logical thinking. Keep your priorities straight and avoid stress you can control.
5. Stay focused on now
Going to college is all about preparing yourself for a future career. But with so many things going on in your life outside of school, it can be hard to stay focused on the here and now and not worry about what the future will bring. I’m here to tell you, don’t worry. Staying as stress- free as possible can be easy by making smart decisions NOW, to avoid bad consequences LATER.

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