College is one of the best experiences of your life. Simultaneously, it is also one of the most stressful experiences. You’re stuck on the path of constant change–things are never going to be constant as long as you are moving in and out of dorms, figuring out how to study properly for a string of classes that demand an incredible amount of time, and integrating yourself into an entirely different social scene. It’s a given that you will feel a little stressed. And it’s really hard, coping with stress in a productive way.
However, there is a difference between managing a little stress and letting the stress consume you. So I’m going to give you some tips on coping with stress when you’re in a new setting and life.
- Beware of your own warning signs
For, this could just be a sudden feeling of anxiety.
- Consider what is really causing stress. You may be surprised to find the underlying cause. For me, I was having anxiety over grades but realized that a lot of it was due to a lot of stress in my home life.
- Think over what you could do to change things. Find out how much of stress is indeed caused by you. Are there some things that are out of your control, or is some of the stress self induced? You can work to be rid of the things that are in your control.
- Maintain a balanced diet. At times, due to excessive stress we fall into vicious trap of not eating properly and become consumed smoking and drinking, which will only worsen the situation.
- Drink plenty of water. It will rehydrate your body. A hydrated body is a happy body. Try to keep caffeine consumption to the minimum.
- Schedule lazy time every day. Don’t feel guilty about including a period of relaxation every day, after you’re done with classes and/or work and before you start studying. We all need to turn off from time to time.
- Be Creative. Do something that is creative and helps you relax. Listen to music, do yoga, meditate, enjoy aromatherapy or any other stress busting exercise.
- Manage your time. Learn to be more assertive and try to manage your time properly. Between classes, clubs, work, and a social life, you will be overwhelmed and easily consumed by stress if you don’t manage your time!
- Know your limits. When you’re in the middle of a hectic schedule, it sometimes gets difficult to differentiate when you are overwhelming yourself. Don’t bite more than you can chew.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Most universities have excellent wellness centers with programs where you can talk to a counselor if you feel you have no one else to talk to. And you’d be surprised how many of your friends would be willing to be your confidant if you just asked.
These are certain steps that can truly help you with coping with stress. Being conscious of the stress in your life will do you wonders!
Check out the video below about the basics of dealing with stress.