How to Deal With Stress

College can be stressful. Incorporating these 5 tips can help turn down the pressure.

It is no secret that college is where you are supposed to figure out who you are and what you want. But with that comes the pressure of expectations and the frustration of learning at a fast pace. These tips are here to help you manage the stress that college can create.

1. Things Don’t Have to be Perfect

College is about learning, no one, including your professors, expects you to know everything and be perfect right away. Everyone is in the same boat, and it is okay to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something in class. Chances are there are many other people in the class with the same question. Don’t be afraid to engage with your professor. Office hours are there for your benefit, go and ask for help. If you are afraid to ask a question in class or still aren’t understanding something, office hours allow the professor to focus just on helping you understand. Eventually things will get easier, but you still don’t need to be perfect, just focus on learning and getting better.

2. Hard Work Really Does Pay Off

It may look like it, but most people have no idea what they are doing in their first year of college. You are not the only one. Setting aside time to get things done can help reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed. Try making a list so you can measure how much work you’ve accomplished, or making a schedule of what work you will do when. Seeing your list get smaller and smaller will help you realize that no matter how intimidating, your work is doable if you put your mind to it and work hard.

3. Take breaks

While you may feel like you just have too much work to do or you just want to get things done as quickly as possible, taking breaks is important. Breaks can be quick, such as a trip to the vending machine, or long, such as getting some exercise at the gym. Getting away from the book or the screen for a while can help to refresh you and avoid errors from overwork. It can also help relax your body which may tense up from the stress. Even something as little as stopping to take a shower can make a big difference.

4. It is okay to say YES

College can be intimidating for some people. Its a big change that may take you far from your home. This may make some people less likely to engage with their college and new town or city. Learning to say yes to new adventures can help you to open up and relieve some of the stress of college. It can also help you to make friends you will help you through it all. So say yes to that coffee date, yes to that last minute trip to the mall. Don’t be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone.

5. It is okay to say NO

There are times when it is better for you to say “No.” College is about trying new things and gaining new experiences, but sometimes it can become too much. If something makes you uncomfortable, or you simply feel overwhelmed, you are allowed to say no. Even if it is as simple as a coffee date with a friend but you just want to go home. Your true friends will understand.

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