Stressed College Student? These 5 Simple Steps Will Help!

Leaving high school and starting college is a huge step. And the stress on college students can sometimes be overwhelming.

Now that you have been accepted to the college you want to attend, you will need to prepare yourself for many things.

Be ready for never ending homework, quizzes, midterms, projects, and late night study sessions.

But that’s not even everything. You might even have a part time job in between classes so you have some extra cash for things you need. Last but not least, your social life. I know being a full time college student and working part time (almost thirty hours a week), I can put a lot of stress on myself.

It can be extremely difficult trying to find time to get assignments done or trying to get a few hours of studying in before an exam the next morning, when all I wanted to do was go to sleep after a long day of classes and working.

All your mind is thinking about is how comfy that bed looks and how you just want to sleep! Don’t be afraid though of thinking you can’t do it. We all can. You just got to take it slow and breathe.

That is why I have come up with a few different steps I follow to you help de-stress while being in college. Here are 5 simple ways that will help keep the stress on college students away:

1. Exercise
By simply exercising, even if its just for 10 minutes a day, or performing any sort of physical activity, you will lower your stress levels and increase your energy for hours after exercising. It could be anything from taking a walk, going to the gym for a few hours, or even taking a Yoga class. Any sort of exercise will help. It is a great way to blow of steam and release the good endorphins in your body to make you feel better.

2. Get Plenty of Sleep
It can be tough trying to get enough sleep while being in college with everything that is going on. You need to aim for at least 8 hours of sleep a night to keep you healthy and not stressed. If you are not a morning person, do not sign up for morning college classes, that way if you are a night owl like most students, you can get a few extra hours of rest before having to go to class. Getting the sleep you need will help re-charge your brain and body for a busy day.

3. Write
Being a Journalism major makes it easy to say that writing helps with stress. You don’t have to be a writer though to help cope with stress. Just by grabbing a notebook and writing down your thoughts will help with stress. It helps to get out what is worrying you on the inside.  Instead of laying in bed for hours thinking about everything possible, write it down!

4. Take a break. Do something You Love.
It could be anything. Just take a break for a little bit and do something you enjoy doing. It could be listening to your favorite music, reading a book, hanging out with a friend, going shopping. Anything!  Just set some time for yourself and step away from the textbooks. Studies have proven that a little rest and relaxation helps minimize stress on college students.

Last but not least. Breathe. Simplest step you could possibly take. Only takes a few minutes and afterward you will feel a whole lot better. Take a long deep breath. Inhale and Exhale. Repeat that a few times. It’s even better if you are located somewhere where it is quiet. By breathing, it helps relax your body and your mind. Put the phone away. Put the laptop away. Just take a few minutes to yourself and just relax.

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Cayla Gorsh

Cayla Gorsh

Cayla Gorsh is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism with a minor in English. She transferred to the University of Iowa from Scott Community College in Bettendorf Iowa. Outside of school she loves to exercise and stay fit. She is also a huge book nerd and loves to read. She also loves to cook and of course spend time with friends and family.
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