How to Manage Stress in College
College is a survival camp where you have to work hard. Its challenging conditions subject you to stress. If you’re on the verge of a breakdown, don’t panic. Follow our tips aimed at stress reduction and you’ll learn how to pull yourself together.
- Get enough sleep
Nightlife is exciting, but don’t get carried away as sleep deprivation makes you vulnerable to stress and can cause obesity or even diabetes. Sleep at least seven hours a night. Also, align your sleep schedule with the clock of the sun.
- Follow a healthy diet
Regular consumption of junk food results in decreased energy levels. Rather than consuming trashy food which doesn’t renew your energy supply, eat lots of
- whole grains,
Physical activity lightens stress considerably. Take up swimming, yoga, or whatever you like and you’ll be satisfied with the results.
- Avoid artificial energy boosters
They may keep you awake all night, but the lack of sleep will eventually cause energy crash, which can later increase your chances of having stress.
- Find a shoulder to cry on
If you experience negative feelings, don’t bottle them up. Find a friend and get it off your chest. You can also turn to a psychologist or counselor.
- Don’t quit your hobbies
Devote some time to activities that make you happy as it promotes the anti-stress physiology of your body. If you haven’t found your passion yet, check out Findmyhobby.com for more information on various pastimes.
- Don’t be hard on yourself
Apart from classes, you may want to join an extracurricular group or find a job. Be careful not to overestimate the amount of time you have as it’s so stressful to juggle studying with other responsibilities. Relax and start caring about your health.
- Avoid alcohol therapy
Having a couple of beers after a hard week is fine, but it won’t handle your stress. Besides, as soon as the buzz wears off, you’ll experience hangover and nausea.
Whenever you feel distressed, try deep-breathing exercises. They relieve tension and prevent the short breaths that often occur when feeling frustrated.
- Get a massage
If you feel worn out, it’s difficult to relax. However, a massage therapist can help you loosen up a bit and fight stress. Check out the American Massage Therapy Association to find a qualified professional.
Stress adds up many problems. We all have been there. However, these strategies will help you get over, so remember to
- sleep and eat well
- lead a healthy lifestyle
- and pursue your passion.
Take care and enjoy your student life!