College Life: How to Reduce College Stress
Stress is an integral part of life. If you are a student at College or even High School it can be difficult to sustain high grades with an overwhelming course load. What is needed to sustain your goals and aspirations is a stress management system that helps you cope with day to day pressures of life and school or both. It is important to have the ability to focus on your College experience.
Without good time management skills, life can get quite chaotic. With bad time management comes more problems which can lead to depression, loss in confidence and dropping out of College all together. Recognize your lack of organizational skills it is essential to prioritize your school work and free time accordingly. With all of our advanced technologies including iPhones and Blackberries, there really is no excuse. Learning how to take notes quickly and efficiently is another important key to success at College.
Be Realistic about your Goals
Let’s be honest, having goals are a great way to be successful, but they are stressful. It can be even more stressful if your goals are unattainable in the short term. Sit down and assess your goals and aspirations and make sure they are broken down into attainable, motivational goals. This will do wonders for your stress levels
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Just because you are a “starving student” does not mean you have to be an unhealthy one. There are many ways to keep healthy at low cost. Starting a morning jogging routine, eating lean proteins, drinking lots of water and consuming a diet loaded with fruits and veggies will do wonders for your stress levels and your grades!
Positive Stress Relievers
Taking time to zone out of reality with a focus on keeping calm, releasing negative energy and turning it into positive energy is a learned skill. Meditation, Yoga, massage therapy and even talking about your stress with a close friend are all positive ways to release stress. It can be challenging at first, but once you learn the fundamentals of positive stress release it will become second-nature and you will wonder how you survived without it!
Surround Yourself with Support
Nothing is better than having a few good friends that can give you advice, support or most importantly a lending ear when you need it the most. Remember, this is what friends are for and it is important to know that talking about your stress with others can make you feel less alone and on the path to being stress free.