There’s no denying that college is incredibly stressful. There are papers, group assignments, exams, clubs, organizations, and finding the time to still have some sort of social life. Some people are able to manage a heavy workload better than others. If you’re someone who struggles juggling everything you need to get done, then keep reading.
Don’t stress about being stressed
Being stressed at college is completely normal. In 2009, a survey for the Associated Press showed that 85 percent of college students were stressed. Instead of stressing about being stressed, admit that you’re stressed and commit to doing something about it.
Time management is key when it comes to alleviating stress. Focus on one task at a time. Write all the things you need to do on your calendar, and prioritize what needs to be done. Break these tasks into smaller tasks to make them easier to handle. If it comes down to it, you might have to cut some things from your schedule.
Regular exercise reduces stress, produces feel-good endorphins, improves sleep, boosts self-esteem, and can provide some ‘time-out’ from the academic side of college. There are ways you can fit exercise into your day, even if you don’t think you have the time for it.
Get some sleep
Sleep is incredibly important when it comes to mental health. Try to go to bed and wake up at a consistent time, getting at least eight hours of sleep a night. Cut back on caffeine and late nights out. Don’t use your television, computer or phone for an hour before bed to allow you to get into the sleep mindset.
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