Surplus of schoolwork, lack of adequate sleep and relationship problems are just a few of the issues that often put a lot of pressure on students.
As you may already know, some level of stress is actually good for you because it motivates you to grow and become a better person. But when you’re stressed day in day out, it will surely affect your health and all other aspects of your life negatively.
No matter where you’re in your school journey, the following tips can help you manage stress effectively so you can enjoy your college life more:
Get Enough Rest
Failing to get enough sleep daily not only makes it harder for you to get through the day, but also impairs your academic performance.
But that’s not all. It also increases your stress levels significantly and puts you at risk of getting several health problems like obesity, diabetes and even depression. It’s therefore in your best interest to ensure that you get enough sleep. Try to sleep at least 7 hours every night and have a set bed time and wake up time daily.
Also, ensure that you get enough rest during breaks. If you feel sleepy during the day, use that time to get a short nap instead of forcing yourself to study. Alternatively, you can also listen to some soothing music or chat with your friends. I guarantee that you’ll feel more alert, refreshed and ready for your next class.
Control Your Environment
There is only so much that can fit into your life as a college student.
I’m sure you’ve already heard that the people and things you spend most of your time with have a direct impact on you. That means that if you allow the wrong kind of friends in your life, they’re likely to make your life miserable.
On the other hand, having the right friends (positive, supportive friends who love and accept you for who you are) will make you happy and bring out the best in you. So, be careful what and who you give your time and attention to.
Take Good Care Of Yourself
When you’re stressed, moving your body is the last thing you want to do. However, did you know that regular exercise is a great way to cope wit stress?
Yes, that’s right. Exercise helps your body to release endorphins, which significantly improves your mood. So choose to run, walk, swim or do any other physical activity of your choice regularly to reap these benefits.
Also, ensure that you eat healthy, balanced and nutritious meals and drink lots of water. Fast foods like pizza, cake and soda may be very tasty and conveniently available, but they are not good for your health at all, so limit their consumption as much as possible.
On the same note, stay away from destructive habits like smoking, having unprotected sex with multiple partners, relaxing with alcohol, or taking excessive caffeine or prescription medication to help you stay awake all night while studying.
Don’t Give Up Your Hobbies
Juggling between study groups, lectures, extracurricular activities, social life and maybe even a part time job cannot be easy for any student. With all these in your schedule, it’s very easy to feel overloaded and stressed.
That’s why you should create time to relax often. Spare a few hours a week to engage in things that make you happy and bring you inner peace. This can be anything from singing, participating in sports, meditating, listening to music or spending quality time with your friends.
Get Emotional Support
Adjusting to college life isn’t easy for anyone.
Things like poor academic performance or relationship problems will surely make you stressed and overwhelmed. Having that trusted friend, family member or professional counselor whom you can talk to will go along way in helping you cope with stress better.
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