Keeping our stress in check is difficulty with the constant pressures of college. Sometimes stress can serve to motivate us, but too much stress for too long can have detrimental effects on our minds and our bodies. The video below explains how stress can be good- and bad.
There are ways to combat stress- some of these things we can integrate into our daily routine to help manage stress.
- Time management. Plan ahead to make sure you’ve scheduled enough time for your schoolwork and other obligations.
- Take one thing at a time. Deal with one urgent task at a time, and then move to the next. When overwhelmed, don’t try to do everything at once.
- Be realistic. Know when you can’t handle anymore on your plate and don’t be afraid to saw no to new activities.
- Taking 5 to 10 minutes a day for quiet reflection can bring some relief. After a stressful day, find a quiet place to breathe deeply for a few minutes or go for a walk to clear your mind.
- Thirty minutes of physical activity per day helps both the body and mind.
- Take a break. Sometimes it’s necessary to take a break and do something you enjoy.
- Share your feelings. Don’t try to cope alone. Let family, friends, or someone on campus know you need support or guidance.