Hey guys! Welcome back. In little over a month school is going to be starting back. We are all going to be moving into our dorms or apartments and getting settled in. After that, it seems like time just doesn’t slow down. It’s super easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed in college. Between classes, assignments, papers, your job, maintaining a social life, and staying clean and healthy, there is just so much to do. Even with a schedule and routine, it’s easy to get stressed. However, there are ways to reduce and relieve stress. Most of these are going to seem obvious, but sometimes when you are stressed you don’t think clearly and it causes you to skip a few of these that are essential.
Self care in college is something that I advocate so much in college. Your body needs rest and relaxation as much as it needs energy and movement. It’s important to find that balance and know what you need. Making yourself a priority is essential to surviving and thriving in college. Following these ten things will help you feel so much better. I highly recommend starting as many as you can now so they are a habit when you do back to school.
1. Get enough sleep. This may seem super obvious, but in college most of the time we don’t get the sleep we need. Adequate sleep is super essential to helping your body rest and refocus. Sleeping is the biggest way you refocus and recharge. It also aids in remembering things you study and thinking clearly the next day. Shortchanging yourself isn’t doing you any good.
2. Eat well. As much as you might like to, you simply can’t live off of pizza and vending machine fare. It’s important to get in fruits and vegetables, on top of other essential vitamins and nutrients. Whether you head to the dining hall or keep things in your dorm, be sure you eat well. You will feel better and your stress level will decrease.
3. Exercise. This is one of the biggest thing that helps me relieve stress. Just getting up and walking around for 15-30 minutes helps. I always walk around longer than that typically, but do what’s best for you. You could also go to the gym or do a workout in your room is that is something you prefer more. Exercising gets your heart rate up, your blood circulating, and your mind off of whatever is stressing you.
4. Avoid unnatural energy boosters. Having coffee in the morning is okay, but don’t drink it all day long. The same goes with soda. Having soda at lunch can give you a much needed energy boost to finish the rest of your day, but after that don’t get anymore. Some college students take caffeine pills which isn’t good because you end up crashing later. Your body needs adequate sleep in order to function properly and fully. Don’t cheat yourself by using unnatural methods that your body will learn to depend on.
5. Get emotional support. Adjusting to college can be difficult, but talking to someone can help. I know it sounds cliche, but it’s true. Also, if you are having a tough time with classes or something, reaching out to someone can only benefit you. Whether it’s a friend, a family member, a professor, or a trained professional, find someone you feel comfortable talking to and let them help you.
6. Never give up your passions. One of the things that really keeps us going is the things we love most. So while your schedule fills up with lectures, assignments, work, and more, find time for your hobbies. Join or start a club or organization. Find something fun to invest time in. Your stress will be reduced so much and you will have something to look forward to each week.
7. Try not to overload yourself. I know in college that is a hard thing not to do. Five classes seems like a little too much sometimes. But it’s important to know your limits. It’s important not to put too much on your plate because the bulk of your stress comes from feeling like you are never going to finish anything. Make to-do lists and start from there. Be sure to stick to your schedule and routing as often as possible.
8. Avoid relaxing with alcohol. I know there are a lot of college students that drink and while it probably is a fun experience for them, it’s not safe. It’s also not the best way to relax. Drinking every day or night is causing your body more harm than it is helping. So don’t become dependent on it. I personally avoid it completely, and if you aren’t 21, stay away from it. But if you are over 21, I highly recommend moderation and staying safe.
9. Breathe. Spend some time every day just sitting and breathing. Give your mind and body a break and just take a few breaths. I know a lot of people recommend meditation, but we don’t all have time for that. So just spend 2-3 minutes breathing. You will feel less stress and able to carry on. I recommend going somewhere where it’s quiet and you can focus and not be distracted.
10. Get stuff done. The longer you wait and the more you procrastinate, the more stress you are going to have. Things will very quickly begin piling up and you are going to be overloaded with things to do. The two busiest times of the semester are around midterms and finals. Grades are due for sure those two times, so a lot of things will be due. The sooner you get them finished, the more time you can spend studying for tests and writing papers. Also, the less you have to do at once, the less stress you will feel.
Going to college puts a lot of pressure on you. You are going to get stressed. If you don’t, you probably aren’t doing something right. A small amount of stress is normal, but if you start feeling so overwhelmed that it is affecting you, I highly recommend the ten things above. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone if you are unsure about anything. College is hard, but it’s also a super fun time. Be sure to enjoy it while it lasts.
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