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