How To Manage Stress in College Students
Academic pressures like trying to maintain good grades and study habits can cause a lot of stress in college students. If that’s not enough, there are social and physical pressures such as managing a healthy work/life balance or upholding a certain image to add to the mix. In fact, The American Institute of Stress found that 8 in 10 students experience daily stress.
Despite the endless amount of stress in college students, there are ways to overcome it. A few of these management techniques include incorporating time management, proper sleep, and relaxation.
What is stress?
The most important fact to note about stress is that it’s not all bad. It’s a natural hormonal reaction that intends to set you up to either fight the stressor or flee to safety. Positive stress can help you perform better during your test or help you get to safety in an unsafe situation. That said, work-related stress, mental stress, test stress, and physical stress, when experienced in excess, can wreak havoc on your health.
The Causes of Student Stress
College stress can be caused by a number of different situations independent to the individual. The number one source of anxiety in freshman college students is the adjustment to living away from home. For others, stress is caused by learning to live with roommates, the jump in workload from classes and new social obligations.
According to a study done by Citibank 4 out of every 5 college students have to work while in school. The effects of stress go up significantly when the student has to work while simultaneously attending college. Not only do they have to deal with the situations above, but workplace stress is also added to the equation.
How To Relieve Stress and Anxiety
Feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list? Follow these tips for some stress relief techniques.
Stress management and time management walk hand in hand. The more mindful you are of what you have to do, and when you have time to do it, the more free time you’ll have. This free time is important to ensure that you get proper sleep, spend time with friends, and engage in hobbies that bring you happiness. Prioritize your to-do list and don’t procrastinate big assignments.
Find a solid support system
With all the changes that occur throughout your college years, it’s essential that you find a support circle. Many colleges offer student support through free counseling sessions. Other than that, you can get involved in clubs. This is a great way to reduce stress as it minimizes feelings of loneliness, provides a fun outlet and gives you the opportunity to talk about your feelings. Don’t forget you can always call a family member and talk it out!
Get enough sleep
Sleep may be one of the most effective ways to naturally reduce stress. It may seem counterproductive to hit the hay when you have a mile long list of assignments. But getting seven hours of sleep a night increases your productivity during your waking hours. It also increases your ability to handle various causes of stress throughout the day.
Beyond the obvious benefits it has on your stress level, getting enough sleep can decrease your risk for serious diseases and mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
Take a Deep Breath
Although it may seem like you’ll never get ahold of your, stress take a deep breath, follow these tips and you just might! Stress is just as much about how we react to situations as they are from the situations themselves. If you are facing student stress, try getting organized, seeking support and getting enough “z’s”. You’ll be a less stressed, happier version of yourself in no time.