College stress management

My name is Yvette Alice Fries. Currently, I’m majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Biblical Studies at Biola University. Two of my biggest passions are Jesus and baseball. Follow me on Twitter @yvetteafries

College life can get a little overwhelming at times. You get caught up in classes, homework, trying to maintain a social life, and any other activities you partake in. It sometimes seems like there isn’t enough time in one day or even one week to accomplish all that needs to be done. So how do you deal with the stresses brought upon by college life? Here are a few pointers on dealing with such stressors.
One key thing to remember is to take time for yourself. This could mean an assortment of things. One thing is doing activities that you enjoy. This could mean going on a road trip, painting, hiking, or even just laying in your room in your pajamas for a lazy day. Do what interests and excites you. It’s so easy to get caught up in other people’s interests and life that you forget about yourself and what you enjoy. Relax, be lazy, be spontaneous! Be you. Only you know what you truly enjoy! It’s so important to be comfortable with yourself and have “you” time. You can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself first. Regardless of what that means to you, setting that time aside will help you break away from the stresses of school and reenergize for your days ahead.
A second key pointer to consider is time management. With all of the many activities that come with being a college student, it is important to block out time for things – in other words, managing your time wisely. You need to make sure you find time to finish what needs to be done. If you have a job and are a student, you need to manage your time outside of those priorities for other things, but still making sure you’re accomplishing what needs to be done. If you work and are a student, remember that school comes first, and most bosses should consider this and be flexible because of this. You have the rest of your life to work, so enjoy your youth and life as a college student while you can. By organizing and managing your time, it should help take some of the pressure off that you may be facing to get things done. Set some time aside for homework, for “you” time, and for your social life you may have outside of school.
A third and final pointer is building and fostering meaningful relationships. You can’t go through college alone. You need friends who are there for you through those all-nighters, through the break-ups, through the highs, and through the lows. By having a great support system behind you, college life will become less of a hassle. Having even a small social life is so important because it means you’re getting to enjoy life outside the pages of your textbooks. There’s more to college than the schoolwork – there’s long-lasting friendships and countless unforgettable memories, too! So make the most of the time you have with those friends while you’re in college together. The memories you make with those friends now will stay with you for decades.
So even in the midst of college life and the stresses that come along with it, there are things you can do to make life just a little easier. Taking time for yourself is key. From that, you can manage your time for other activities you do. And lastly, through all of this, you build and foster meaningful relationships with people you spend everyday with. College can and will get tough at times, but it isn’t the end of the world. There’s a life beyond college – remember that; but first, let’s enjoy college! Take it one step at time – day by day, minute by minute, second by second.

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