5 Tips to Reduce Stress for College Students

Posted by: Tristin Feest at 17/05/2021 1,109 views

Stress, a term with which students are very familiar, is very well-known for college students. During this period, in which certain college and work activities require equal attention and time that needs to be balanced and students' decisions about their lives, it's not surprising that they can face problems related to their mental, physical and emotional health.

A large part of this stress can result from the increasing demands of college life, which needs to be managed by the students. Some tips can help the students to reduce the stress while managing all these demands of college life, which are listed below.

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Use of Planner:

A bundle of assignments, lots of presentations, and other related tasks, given by the college and needs to be completed in a given period, can pressure the student that can cause stress. But this stress can be reduced if a proper planner is used to do all the tasks. Please list all the assignments and the time allotted to complete each of them. It will give a good idea of which task needs to be done first. Regular use of a planner helps keep track of all the work, deadlines, and other important information and manage the time accordingly.

Planners can help to plan activities weeks ahead of time. Take out half an hour to look through each class syllabus that almost all college classes provide at the beginning of the semester. List down all the due dates for given tasks provided by each class. On weekends, check to mark all those tasks that need to be completed the following weeks. Check out all the big projects and tests so that more time can be allotted to them.

Avoid Procrastination:

Writing down all the tasks in a planner is one thing, and acting upon it is an entirely different thing. Some students tend to delay and put off the tasks, which can cause a lot of trouble for them. Sometimes the students leave the task to be done to the very last day before the deadlines and might not find any information related to the topic on the internet. They may also face technical issues, such as computer crashes or a broken-down printer.

Even if you are binge-watching your favorite drama or hanging out with friends, the thoughts of the pending work are still lurking at the back of your mind. These thoughts can cause stress. You might not completely enjoy the activity you are doing because you are somehow feeling guilty that instead of doing your assignments, you are out there watching drama and going out with friends, which is the worst feeling ever. Additionally, if you procrastinate, you will be rushing to complete your work in one day that can put a lot of pressure and stress on you.

If you don't want to feel guilty and reduce the stress, take the initiative to start your work before you plan to get yourself involved in leisure activities. It will reduce your stress or at least won't cause excessive stress.

Take Breaks:

When studying for exams and doing big projects, your brain functions continue to the point that it loses the picking power and the ability to absorb information. This situation can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. That's why it is very important to take breaks. But taking breaks doesn't mean that you start watching Netflix for the rest day after studying only for 2 hours.

Balance is an essential element to manage work and break timings. Some of the good activities that your break timings should include can be going on a walk, cleaning, grabbing some snack, talk for a while with your friends or family members or watch any TV show that shouldn't last for more than half an hour, it can also include your favorite hobbies. Such activities will refresh your mind, and your brain starts to absorb information more quickly and efficiently and releases a good amount of stress.

Eat Right:

Most students crave food when they start studying. Most of these foods are rich in carbohydrates and starch, such as ice cream, pizza, French fries, or soft drinks. However, when we consume such items or the diet that primarily consists of such items, our body and mind get deprived of the essential nutrients for their proper functioning. Studies show that a lot of sugar or simple carbohydrates that include cereals, pasta, loaves of bread (usually white loaves of bread), rice can cause us to become lazy and feel tired, which can negatively affect our productivity and can be harmful to overall health. One study cites that deficiency of some carbohydrates can cause a deficiency in certain brain chemicals that trigger anxiety and depression.

Get Enough Sleep:

Completing your assignments and studying for exams is good, but most students deprive themselves of sleep which is not a good habit. Sometimes because of procrastination or not getting satisfied with the studies they have done; most students pull all-nighters. Not getting enough sleep can add up to the stress and anxiety that students already face. Thus, getting at least 8 hours of sleep is important to keep the brain functioning and reduce stress.

 

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