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. http://www.counseling.appstate.edu/ Check it out! It's free, and these people are good at what they do.
- Improve your time management skills. If you are putting off work until the last minute, you probably are stressed!
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Practice taking deep breaths when you start to feel stressed. This method seems to be very effective in reducing stress.
- 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.