College can potentially be some of the most stressful years of a person’s life.
There are due dates for papers and assignments, social obligations, clubs, work, finals, and fear of the unknown. Whether or not you identify with one or several of these stressors, everyone can still admit that college is not easy. There are several great ways to manage your stress:
1. Make a Schedule.
Sometimes we can get lost in our crazy day to day lives. This is why having a planner can help you manage each day. For example, create a “To-Do List”. Calendars are also useful in helping you to see the bigger picture of each month.
2. Stay Organized.
This can be as simple as making your bed before you leave for the day. Little things like this can make you feel like your life is put together. Also, try to do one task at a time. We can become overwhelmed easily, and by focusing on one thing at a time, more tasks can be executed.
By exercising during the week, you can reduce your stress levels greatly. Endorphins are produced when you work out, which are natural painkillers, and also improve sleep. High-energy activities, yoga, tai chi, Pilates, kickboxing, and team sports are all great forms of exercising.
4. PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY.
Cell phones can cause huge stressors on your life. By putting away your phone and or laptop, it gives you time to yourself. You can clear your head and forget about all the people that are trying to communicate with you. Also, do not look at any screen at least an hour before bed.
5. Snack and reward yourself.
Having a snack throughout the day can help you feel nourished and rejuvenated. Snacking is a good time to sit in quiet and forget about the world around you. Also, treat and reward yourself with something sweet after a long study session or a tiring class. This will give you motivation to push through the hard activity and have something to look forward to at the end of it.
6. Spend time with your friends.
By hanging out with your close friends, you atomically forget about everything that needs to be accomplished. Your closest friends can even reduce your cortisol. Laughing with them can increase your intake of oxygen, which then stimulates your heart, muscles, lungs, and increases endorphins.
7. Get some Sleep.
In order to stay strong and healthy, you need to sleep. Being well rested helps you to be calmer in stressful situations. Several ways to improve your sleep are: to sleep in a dark room, not looking at your screens before bed, not drinking coffee late in the day, and stop worrying before bed.
8. Kiss and…. well Kiss.
Kissing someone can help reduce stress because you feel less isolated from the world. It also releases endorphins, which cause you to be a lot happier. A 10 second kiss a day can definitely keep the stress away.
9. Watch your all-time favorite sappy love movie.
After you’ve already cried to your well-loved tearjerker, re-watch it with a positive outlook. By doing this, you are focusing your energy on something positive, which can help you cope with real world problems. People who come up with more positives in sad movies are less likely to show signs of depression.
10. Breathe Deeply.
Breathing exercises trick your body into thinking that you are in a relaxed state. This extra boost of oxygen stimulates the parasympathetic reaction that causes us to calm down. A well known breathing exercise is to breathe in for 4 seconds, hold it in for 7 seconds, and release it for 8 seconds. Now.. do this deep breathing exercise to help kick start your stress free college life.