Coping with Stress in College

As a college student, it feels as though you’re being tested in some sort of fashion every day. Whether you’re having issues with schoolwork, roommates, friendships, or relationships, the challenges students face on a regular basis can lead to high levels of stress. But learning how to properly deal with that stress can be the key element to being successful through your entire college career. Below are some typical ways you can resolve stress.

Relax. Some good ways to relieve stress is to just take a breather and relax. Meditation, practicing breathing exercises and yoga are some popular ways to reduce stress. Also, try taking a hot bath or going out for some fresh air if need be. Sometimes, just hanging out with some friends and having a little fun is all the relaxation you need.

Sleep. Shoot for 8 hours, or 7 at least. If you aren’t well-rested, you’ll feel cranky. And when you’re cranky, any issue you may have to overcome, even if minuscule, may seemimpossible to resolve, which would end up increasing your stress levels.

Exercise. Doing some kind of daily activity will give you the ample opportunity you need to release tension and relieve stress. It will also release endorphins, the chemicals your brain needs to make you suppress pain such as headaches, which are all too easily developed when one is under too much stress.

Talk it out. The worst thing you can do is keep everything bottled up inside. Talking it out with a friend, family member or counselor is a good way to blow off some steam and release tension.

Be organized. Sometimes disorganization can lead to stress because you don’t know where anything is and your mind is all over the place, so it increases the feeling of confusion and forgetfulness. This can lead to you feeling overwhelmed and thus increasing your stress levels. Learn how to plan and manage your time and clean up your living and working space.

Accept limitations. It’s imperative to remember that even if you do consider yourself a perfectionist, no one in reality is perfect. Don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to make unrealistic goals work because no matter how hard you try, sometimes things just don’t work out. Don’t let your stress get the best of you because you cannot achieve these goals.

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