8 Secrets to Effectively Managing Stress During College

Plain and simple…college equals stress.

With complex homework assignments and tricky exams, at first glance, it may seem like the stress that college students have to deal with is unavoidable.

The research papers won’t stop coming, there will never be enough hours in a day for all of your extracurricular activities, and your family will always be expecting the best from you.

Here’s the Good News…

You might just be in more control of your stress than you think. The key to stress management is to first realize that you’re in control of your life.

Although it may not always seem like it, you are in control of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, environment, and how you handle your problems.

Why Taking Control Is Important

The problem that most college students have is that they don’t know how to take control. Those individuals who learn how to take control of their situation, typically experience balanced lifestyles – with plenty of time for school, relationships, relaxation and fun!

Do you want to learn how to have a balanced lifestyle and keep your batteries charged during the school year?

Great, I’ve got some tips for you…

Below you’ll find 8 secrets to effectively managing stress during college:

1. Stay Positive – There’s nothing better than a positive attitude. If you wake up with a negative attitude, I can almost guarantee you that your day won’t be pleasant. However, if you wake up and think you’ll have a great day, you most likely will.

2. Remain Calm – When you begin to feel yourself becoming frustrated or overwhelmed, take a second to calm down before you act or speak. Try going for a walk, counting to ten, or taking deep breaths. Sometimes you just don’t have control over the unfortunate circumstances that come your way, but you do have control over your reactions.

3. Get Organized – College isn’t high school. You won’t be able to keep track of everything you need to do without staying organized. The best way to get adjusted to your busy schedule is by using a planner to organize all of your activities.

4. Be Social – All work and no play makes for a dull day. It’s okay to take time to unwind and relax your mind during the day. Remember, we’re aiming for balance here.

5. Use Backup Plans – Everything won’t always go as planned during college (or in life in general), so you’ll just have to get use to this fact. The way to handle life’s many obstacles without getting too stressed is to have a back-up plan when your primary plan doesn’t work out.

6. Exercise – Like I always say…a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. You should try to build in at least 30 minutes of exercise to your schedule every day. What if I don’t have time, you say? Then there are other alternatives like walking to class or taking the stairs whenever possible.

7. Communicate – If you’re having a hard time with something or someone, express your opinions. Bottled up thoughts and emotions create stress. Most college campuses offer counseling services, so if you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed…use them!

8. Proper Sleep – In order to stay healthy and be able to think clearly, it’s important that college students get plenty of rest. By now you should know how much sleep your body needs to properly function, now all you have to do is give it that much sleep!

The key to effectively managing stress is the ability to keep it together when you’re under a lot of pressure. If you use these 8 secrets, then you’ll be able to address life’s many challenges head on!

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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