How To Eliminate Stress During College

Well have all been there. It’s 4 a.m. and there is still hours of work to be done. We are pulling our hair out and trying to slam cups of coffee just to keep awake.

Fear stress no more, here are helpful ways on how to eliminate it from your life.

1. Stop Procrastinating – Okay yes, we all do this. Did you know that allowing your work to pile up will only stress you at more? The most effective way to stop procrastinating is to get your work done as soon as it is assigned.

Example: On Tuesday night I usually have a large amount of homework to get done, including reading, writing articles, doing online work, etc.

However, last Tuesday I got to watch t.v., go to the gym, and make dinner all because I got my work done over the weekend and this made my week so much easier. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed.

2. Stay Organized – The ultimate way to make your life easier is to keep your things organized. Think of a time when you were running late for class but you could not find your homework assignment anywhere. Or how about that time when you were going out with friends but could not seem to find your favorite pair of jeans.

If you were organized, your room, your homework, your life in general, you will be happier and much more relieved that you can find something when you need it.

3. Be On Time – Being on time is either a hit or a miss. Someone people are born with punctuality, others are always late no matter how hard they try. But, if you are the latter there is hope.

One of the most effective ways to be no time is to set all of your clocks 5 minutes earlier. This includes your car time, your microwave, your home clock and even your cell if it allows it. This way you don’t have to change much about your late personality, but it will change anyway.

4. Do Short-High Intensity Workouts – These workouts have been proven to beat stress more effectively than long periods of time on the treadmill. By getting your heart rate up for a short amount of time, your endorphins kick in faster and you are able to ‘get happy’ sooner.

5. Stop Multi-tasking– Many people, including myself will be doing homework, watching t.v., and texting someone all at the same time. While you may think you are being quick about things and getting a lot done, your brain finds it harder to focus on multiple tasks at one time. By sticking to one task, you will get it done fast and more successfully than doing two things or more at once.

6. Slow Down– Instead of constantly trying to rush through tasks or the day, just slow it down a bit. Learn to eat your food in peace, at the table, without the t.v. on. Learn or focus on conversation and actually listen to what people are telling you, don’t just nod your head and think of other things you could be doing. Get outside and enjoy nature,  it will help you focus on what is important in life and help you appreciate things a little bit more. This step could single-handedly help you combat stress.

7. Help Others – While community service may not be at the top of your list, it can be important to help out a friend or neighbor. By seeing other people struggle in life, it will help you appreciate yours more and also you will be doing a good thing. Whether it is helping your neighbor bring in their groceries or volunteering one night at a soup kitchen, these good deeds will lower your stress level.

8. Eat Healthy – Have you ever heard the saying, “You Are What You Eat?” Becoming a healthier human being will make you feel good about your body inside and out. Greasy food will bring down your happy levels and get you so depressed. Eat clean food and get ready to eliminate a stress factor!

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Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg is a junior at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism. At school, Kait can be found interviewing people or hitting the gym. As the Colleges Against Cancer president, Kait helps to fight cancer and she educates her peers on the disease. Apart from school she works two jobs, enjoys traveling, and cooking for her roommates.