5 Unconventional Ways to Cope With Stress During College

College is stressful for everybody – between classes, tests, meetings and work, you might find yourself wondering where all your free time went.

During particularly hectic times – say, finals week – there are a few quick things you can do to combat stress.

  • 1. Make Lists

We’ve all been there – you’re lying in bed, going over everything that needs to be done the next day. Your stress is only made worse by the knowledge that you have to wake up in a few short hours. However, there’s an easy way to get everything off your mind before bed. Before going to sleep, jot down everything you plan to accomplish the next day. That way, you won’t stress about forgetting anything, and you can wake up well rested and get started on your day.

  • 2. Take a Walk

When you’re stressed, some fresh air and a change of scenery can do you good. It can give you a break from worrying about everything you have to do and give you a chance to just enjoy your surroundings. When you’re busy, taking a break from a day spent in class or at the library will leave you better prepared to handle your next task.

  • 3. Play a Game

When you’re particularly busy, you probably don’t make time for the one thing that would most relieve stress – a little time with friends. During a stressful week, take an hour out of your day to meet up with a group of friends and play a board game or a round of cards. It won’t take up too much time but will give you a chance to catch up and blow off some steam.

  • 4. Relax at the Sauna

A quick trip to the sauna relaxes muscles, flushes toxins out of your body and helps you sleep better at night.  During a hectic week, this quick stress-buster can also give you a chance to socialize. Your campus rec center probably has a sauna; get a few friends together and check it out.

  • 5. Cook

Cooking can give you a quick but much-needed break from a day of stress. It allows you to focus your energy on something fun for 45 minutes and provides instant results. Make it a social thing: invite some friends over look up new recipes, play music and enjoy.

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Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism and Spanish. When she’s not studying, she loves reading, traveling and bike riding. She’s currently deciding whether to go to law school or to postpone her studies for a year and teach English in Spain.
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