Manage Stress in College

Causes of Stress…

    With life in general, there are many causes of stress. Many causes have to do with family problems, deadlines, and social issues. It is important to take care of long term and short term stress right away because it can have a major effect on your health. The best way to combat stress period is to avoid it when possible. For example, if you know you are going to have a stressful semester at college, try taking fewer classes, or a fun class in between some hard ones. More prevention you do, the better it will help your stress levels. We cannot usually avoid all stressers. For these times, here are a few helpful tips.

Time Management

    Many of us already know it is important to manage your time. But how well do you do this? Do you plan out your days, weeks and months? Make sure you have a calendar on your computer, desk, phone, or any item that works for you. Make sure you know all the major events going on about a month in advance. Also keep track of smaller daily tasks, and know what is coming up about a week in advance. Be sure to have a general idea of how your day will go, and give yourself breaks and some downtime. The more knowledge you have about potential stressers, and the more time you have to prepare for them, the easier it will be to handle them.

Working Out

    Working out is a wondeful way to combat stress. Sometimes stress is a regular symptom you have to combat, other times it can show up as an occasional occurrence. In any case, working out at least three times a week will help your stress levels tremendously. You can also try yoga or pilates with videos or classes. Be sure to set time aside time three times a week, if possible. If weight is something you struggle with, this will be an added destresser as you work on self improvement. If you do not have time to work out, try going on small walks during your breaks between classes or at work. A quick walk daily can help combat stress as well.

Setting Aside Social Time

    Although it may not come to mind at first, spending time with people you care about is an important tool to help manage stress in college. Most people have friends or family they enjoy being around close by. Even if they are far away, try communicating with them through a web cam, or calling them. In any case, be sure to set aside time to spend with them. It is important to keep up with social aspects of your life. Often it helps vent to these people about your problems to blow off steam. In other cases you can forget about your troubles and have some quality time with people that matter most. Which method works better is up to you and how you feel.

~Healthy Girl

Tips For an Easy Year With Your Roommate

Living in the dorms or even moving into an apartment with others can be a valuable life experience. Here are a few simple tips for an easier year with your roommate.

Get to know your roommate before you move in
You don't necessarily have to be friends to move into the dorms together. In fact, most roommates don't even know each other. This provides a great experience in learning how to live with other people in a positive environment. If you don't already know your roommate, be sure to contact them before you move in together. Be sure to talk to them on the phone or in person if possible. You may be able to find them online, but perceptions can be misleading on the web. Most Schools provide you with your roommates contact information before you move in for this purpose. It is also helpful to figure out who is bringing what so you don't end up with two of everything and no space left. Some good items to talk about sharing are Televisions, microwaves, micro fridges, and extra furniture.

Set up guidelines right away
Most dorms also offer roommate agreements. This is a paper that you and your roommate fill out talking about cleaning, sleep schedules, guests, sharing items, and other common areas of conflict. Be sure to add any additional things you want to agree on. If your community does not offer roommate agreements, don't be afraid to make your own. Address who is going to clean the common areas, when the noise should be kept down, when guests are allowed over, what you will share and keep separate. Be sure to tell each other of pet peeves and write up a contract. Make sure all roommates sign, and put it in a place where you both can find and refer to.

Don't shrug off the little things
Often, the biggest roommate conflicts arise because of one last straw that "broke the Camel's back". If your roommate does something that bothers, or upsets you, be sure to address it right away. The more little things you address in the beginnig, the less likely they will turn into more serious issues.

Hang out with each other
If you and your roommate become friends, be sure to hang out with them at times outside of the room or apartment. Sometimes something just as simple as going grocery shopping together can relieve tension and help you to stay friends outside the halls. If you and your roommate do not become friends, try to find time to spend with them to talk about your weeks, and any issues that may be on your mind, no matter how small.

Take advantage of open room changes
Just like classes, and books, most university's have an open room change policy the first week or two. This means it is a small amount of paperwork involved and you can do it hassle free. This is an option if you start meeting other people around you that might have similar interests or living styles. However, be sure to talk with your current roommate to make sure they are okay with a room change. Maybe they had a friend in mind as well, or they might have become accustomed to you as their roommate and be upset. No matter what, be sure a roommate change is OK with everyone involved.