Being stressed in college is inevitable. Trying to juggle 15+ hours of classes, clubs, jobs, studying, doing homework, and taking care of yourself is not easy. In fact a lot of this leads to an increase in your stress. Now I’m not here to tell you that being stressed is bad and that you need to stop being stressed because let’s be real, we as college students are stressed 8/7 days a week.. Well at least it definitely feels that way. Being stressed and recognizing it, is okay. However, stress can become problematic when it starts taking over your life. Too much stress often leads to less success.
There are countless ways you can manage your stress and below are a few of my favorites! Using some of these techniques are complete game changers and I can’t wait for you to try them out!
1. Taking care of yourself
First on the list is taking care of yourself. Selfcare is SO important and a lot of the time we let that slip away from us. Learn that it is okay to eat healthy foods, exercise, meditate, take naps, go for a walk, or to the gym. Do whatever makes you feel good and gives you more energy. Exercising a few times a week can really help clear your mind and refresh your brain a little bit. For me any time I feel stress coming on and turn into a state of overwhelmingness it tends to instantly change my mood. When this happens some of the things I like to do is go for a run outside or clean. I have found that running really clears the mind and being outdoors rests your sensory and the fresh air really helps soothe the stress. When I clean I typically will turn music on and this instantly gives me relief and I feel relaxed. These are definitely some things to try if you haven’t already!
2. Plan and prioritize
I am a huge planner when it comes to just about anything. I like having everything written down and ready each day so I know what the day entails. This is where I say plan out your days! Start with a week and if this helps you as much as it does me, you can then start to plan your months! This may seem very time consuming and like a lot of work, but planning keeps you productive and can help you manage your time more efficiently. I also love making lists. Each day I write out a to-do list on a sticky note and go through and write check marks after I complete each task. Having a planner and being able to plan ahead will decrease your stress because you will already know when you have major assignments due or the dates of your exams. I know as college students we often procrastinate unless we really have our s**t together and for me that’s not super often, but if you spend a little time planning out your days it will save you a little more stress!
3. Study in the right places
Studying SUCKS! There I said it for all of us. I never really studied until I started taking college classes. That was when I realized how important it is and how much you actually have to rely on studying to do well on any of your exams. I am someone who likes silence. I try to do homework with music playing in the background and I just can’t do it. I immediately have to turn it off because my brain just can’t think. So for me, studying in my room with the door shut or in one of our study rooms is how I get the job done. If you like noise or can handle it while studying then maybe a cafe would be better for you! Studying in the right place is so important and will help relieve some of the tension you have.
4. Treat yourself and take a break
You should always be rewarding yourself for the things that you accomplish! Many of the things my roommates and I do are things like going out to eat together, having a girls night with ice cream, and having our friend group come hangout on Saturday nights! It is very important to let go after a hard day or long week and relax. Forget about your grades, your professors, your classmates and just take a break. You deserve it more than you know. You are doing way better than the credit that you’re giving yourself.
5. Find alone time
This can be huge if you are a big social person. I don’t really like being alone, I’d rather be with a group of people doing anything than being cooped up in my room by myself. Often I do realize though, that sometimes you do need a break. I find that always being with people everyday all the time can stress you out more. With roommates sometimes it feels hard to get away and find alone time, and this can be frustrating. If this is true for you as well I recommend going to a study room by yourself and bringing homework so you can be productive and have alone time.
6. Rant it out
This is one of my favorite ways to de-stress. Sometimes you just need to rant! Rant to your roommate/s, your best friend, your family, your significant other, someone you trust! I like to rant to my roommates. I build stress up until I just burst and can’t hold it in anymore. Ranting helps so much when this happens. I typically rant to my roommates because we are all really close and they are typically in a similar situation so they understand where I’m coming from. Don’t wait until the last minute to talk it out because that can make it more stressful, instead get it out and don’t let it take over you!
7. Get enough sleep!
Constantly pulling all-nighters and then having to be ready for an 8 am is not ideal! Go to bed earlier and make sure you are getting plenty of sleep! For me, being exhausted causes way more stress. Being in a complete stage of exhaustion leads to more procrastination as well. This takes us back to tip number two which was planning. If you are able to plan your week out and know what assignments and tasks you have to complete each day, you are more likely to get them done at a reasonable time that ensures you have early nights!