Stress Management Tips For College Students

Oh, the joys of stress! We all know it, we’ve all felt it, and we all wish there was some way to get rid of it.

Unfortunately, there is no real cure for stress. You can be the most positive, organized, and happy person in the universe and still be terrorized by some form of stress.

College is an experience that is bound to harvest anxiety and stressful situations.

You are on your own for the first time, possibly living with new people, experiencing new things and juggling a huge list of responsibilities that you never had to deal with before.

Stress is something that comes hand in hand with going to college, having a job, studying, doing assignments, having a social life etc. Luckily, there are a lot of ways you can manage the stress that college carries with it on its back.

Below is an interview with motivational speaker George James who specializes in topics such as healthy relationships, life coaching, managing college, life and more!

In this interview with 10 Show on NBC, George James offers advice on how to manage stress in college before it hits hard.

Check it out!

George James makes a lot of great points that I think are well worth taking into consideration if you are a college student. I have outlined his stress management tips for college students below.

Take Control of Your Stress

1. Keep Your Eye On The Prize – Avoid stress by always looking toward your goals. Constantly having them in mind when you might be contemplating going out one night, or skipping an assignment or class or whatever the case may be. Remembering those things in the future will help you make the right choices in the now.

2. Know Your Personal Stress Symptoms – It is so important to know how you react to being stressed out. George James mentions that some people drink alcohol, while others might eat more or less or some may become moody. Understanding your stress symptoms can help you work toward fixing them.

3. Avoid Getting Pulled Into Other People’s Drama – This is one I never thought of, but it is so true! You need to avoid getting tangled in other people’s problems. This won’t help you in the least bit. You probably have enough stress to deal with in your own personal life, so don’t wrap yourself up in more!

4. Develop Strategies For Productive Reactions to Stress – Stress is bound to happen. The best thing you can do after recognizing the do’s and don’ts to avoid it is to create tools to manage it personally.

Everyone is different and everyone has different ways to combat their own stress. It’s important to avoid unhealthy habits like drinking or binge eating or lashing out. There are so many healthy choices out there that can help any student wind down.

Here is a list of additional stress management tips for college students:

  • listen to music
  • go for a walk/run outside
  • go to the gym
  • settle down and watch a movie
  • take a nap
  • hang out with friends
  • yoga
  • read a book
  • read self-help book
  • reorganize something in your room
  • paint or do another form of art that interests you
  • go shopping
  • cook a healthy meal
  • practice deep breathing techniques
  • talk it out with someone you trust

Do what works for you!

The number one tip I can offer as a senior college student to help manage stress and kick it in the butt before it takes over you is to always be organized. A lot of stress comes from having so much to do and seemingly no time to do it.

Also, get a planner! Having a planner to write down assignments, due dates, meetings, work hours, and any other thing to remember is the best tool out there. Don’t go to college without one!

Always keep in mind that stress has a way of creeping up out of no where sometimes. If you find yourself unable to combat your stress in effective and healthy ways, you can seek counseling and many schools will offer this service.

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Molly Stallman

Molly Stallman

Molly Stallman is a senior at DePaul University working toward an English degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing. She also has a minor in Digital Cinema. Molly especially enjoys spending time with loved ones, listening to music, watching movies/television and playing with her dogs. She also has a passion for antiques, crafts, animals, photography and the great outdoors.