Study Skills Stress Management

Stress Management

I never realized how stressful school could be. Any tips?

Hmm, yes, I have some tips, though I also would like to take this time to put in a good word for the Wellness Center and/or the Counseling Center. Both resources provide support for students in ways to manage stress. Check it out! It's free, and these people are good at what they do.

  1. Improve your time management skills. If you are putting off work until the last minute, you probably are stressed!
  2. Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat right, and exercise at least 3 times a week. I think exercise is one of the best ways to fight stress (though you don't want to do overkill either-I've met some students who spend 2-3 hours a day, every day, exercising, which seems to me a good way to wear yourself out AND to find that you don't have time to do other things.
  3. Find something that you like to do (have fun!). Join a club, meet with friends, etc. You may not have time to do this every day, but you are allowed to be happy some of the time-in fact, you need it! (Word of caution: some students believe that drug and alcohol use is a good way to have fun and relax. Even if we were to ignore the fact that such activity is illegal for most college-age students, studies show that such substances have a detrimental effect on people physically, emotionally, and financially, particularly when consumed in excess. It just seems logical to look for a less costly and more effective way to have fun).
  4. Find spiritual outlets. If you are religious, attend a local church. If you are not, you can nurture your spirit in other ways-walks in nature, reading uplifting works, creative work, volunteer work, etc.
  5. Practice taking deep breaths when you start to feel stressed. This method seems to be very effective in reducing stress.
  6. Talk to someone, a friend, family, counselor, or other resource. Just talking it out can be a big help.
    This list could go on and on-everyone has a different way to fight stress. You may ask your friends (the ones who don't look stressed out!) and see what works for them.