Coping with College Stress
College students agree that stress as one of the biggest challenges they face. With constant classroom assignments, tests, and worry about grades it is no wonder that students experience stress. Let’s not forget another thing most students have in common, money problems. Add to the mix, relationships, living arrangements, and the general confusion many students feel about what they want to do after graduation and you have a stress cocktail. Here are some ideas to help manage stress and some links for more information.
Stress Management Tips for College Students
Take care of yourself -
Engage in healthy behaviors to enhance your ability to cope with excessive stress. Eat well-balanced meals, get plenty of rest, and build physical activity into your day. Avoid alcohol and drugs because they can suppress your feelings rather than help you to manage and lessen your distress. In addition, alcohol and drugs may intensify your emotional or physical pain. Establish or reestablish routines such as eating meals at regular times and following an exercise program. If you are having trouble sleeping, try some relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.
Get Enough Sleep-
When it comes to balancing busy schedules, students tend to put sleep low on their list of priorities. Most people need at least 6-9 uninterrupted hours of sleep each night. Without sleep you’re not going to be able to concentrate well enough to get the most out of your classes. Using caffeine or other substances to stay awake can backfire by keeping you from sleeping when you want to get some rest. Caffeine can stay in your body up to 12 hours.
Something bothering you? Talk about it -
Ask for support from people who care about you and who will listen to your concerns. Receiving support and care can be comforting and reassuring. ECU has an excellent counseling center at no cost to students.
Strive for balance -
When a stressful situation occurs, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and have a negative or pessimistic outlook. Balance that viewpoint by reminding yourself of people and events which are meaningful and comforting, even encouraging. Striving for balance empowers you and allows for a healthier perspective on yourself and the world around you.
Respect your feelings -
Remember that it is common to have a range of emotions. Try to recognize what you are feeling and stay with the feeling to get to the root of the cause of the discomfort. Go easy on yourself and try to be nonjudgmental. It helps to talk things out with someone who understands and can help you navigate the murky waters of emotional ups and downs.
Here is a website that can offer you more information.