Managing Stress While in College

Managing Stress While in College
Managing Stress While in College
If you’re a student, you’ve probably discovered that all-nighters, merciless professors and a complicated social life have made college life less than a fairy tale. Eventually, you’ll hit a breaking point that will cause you to reevaluate how you manage your life and deal with the stress that comes along with being independent for the first time.

As you advance through college and become more successful, you’ll discover that time management will be just as important as any other skill you acquire. In order to avoid being overstressed, prioritize your tasks for the week. Spend more time on your schoolwork than your social life; that means you’ll have to tell your friends "no" when they have funs plans in store for the evening. You don’t have to party on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and Friday and Saturdays nights are usually better times to go out anyway. Staying at home during weekdays will result in fewer missed classes. You won’t have to deal with the stress of playing catch-up. Instead of tracking down missed notes, details of assignments and potential test material, you can spend your time studying. And when you have more time to study during the day, you’ll pull fewer all-nighters. Poor sleeping habits – and poor health habits in general – are the biggest causes of stress. Be sure to get seven or eight hours of sleep per night, and take advantage of your leisure time on the weekends; spending more time on schoolwork doesn’t mean you have to neglect your social life. Also eat right and exercise often. Ditch Taco Bell and bar food and eat more fruits and veggies. Walk or ride your bike to campus instead of driving. You’ll feel better in the long run.

However if you’ve taken all of the necessary measures to reduce stress and simply can’t deal with the day-to-day pressures of college life, visit your campus health center and utilize its counseling services. A trained counselor will sit down with you and discuss your reasons for making an appointment. If a few sessions aren’t enough, they’ll recommend further treatment options. If your significant other has caused you copious amounts of stress but you just can’t quit them, consider couples counseling, which is offered by many campus health clinics these days. Usually, these services are offered either free of charge or at a low price because they’re funded from fees that accompany your tuition costs. Don’t hesitate to consider every potential stress relief solution – your personal well-being and ability to graduate depend on it.
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