7 Ways to Prevent and Relieve Stress as a College Student

As a college student, I am always on the go. Classes, club meetings, study groups, and spending time with my friends! It’s easy to get overwhelmed with everything going on. It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms that you’re too stressed out and need to take a breather.  Here are some ways that I personally deal with stress, and ways to prevent it from overwhelming you!

1. Get enough sleep.

This might go without saying, but sleep does wonders on helping your brain function properly, and help you cope with the everyday demands of life. How many of you get cranky when you are sleep deprived? I know I do! Make sure you’re clocking in 7-8 hours of sleep per night! Your body will thank you!

2. Get enough food and water.

Many people I know get so caught up in their work that they forget to eat. Carbohydrates and protein are essential for acquiring enough energy to make it through the day. Brain power comes from healthy foods. It’s also important to stay hydrated while you are studying.  It is essential to flush the toxins out of your body so that you don’t get sick.  See my article about water’s effect on beauty!

3. Go get some exercise.

You are supposed to be getting 60 minutes of exercise every single day! So why not take a study break and get that 60 minutes in. It is bound to wake you up, and you’ll feel 100% better afterwards! Just don’t forget to hydrate!

4. Don’t procrastinate.

I know, I know. I sound like your parents, and every academic adviser on your campus. But bear with me here! How many times have you put off a project until the night before and was scrambling to get it done? I’m sure most of us have. It isn’t a good feeling to have to pull an all-nighter (which breaks rule #1) to ensure a good grade on an exam, or to complete a project that you’ve had 2 weeks to work on! Talk about creating unnecessary anxiety!

5. Listen to music

Personally, one of my favorite ways to relax is to just listen to some music! Put in your headphones, and just close your eyes and take in the music. This, of course only works if you’re listening to something soft and mellow.

6. Organization matters!

There is nothing more stressful than trying to find something in a sea of papers, or worse, forgetting to do something because you haven’t written it down! Taking the time once a week to straighten things out on your desk and in your bag will do wonders for your academic performance. After all, bad grades stress us out, too!

7. Schedule some time in for friends!

Just because you are crazy busy with homework, class, and extra-curriculars doesn’t mean that your friends should constantly take the back burner! They are just as important now as they were before you stepped into this world of crazy! It’s important now more than ever that you foster these friendships! Go on crazy adventures together, take pictures for Instagram and Facebook, have Disney movie marathons. Basically, just remember to spend quality time with your friends! Laughter is the best stress reliever of all, and when you’re with your friends having a good time, laughter is inevitable!

Well, there you have it! My top 7 ways to prevent and relieve stress! How do you relax when things start to get overwhelming! Feel free to leave a comment below!

Thanks for reading!

XO,

Sarah

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