6 Ways to Fight Stress
Get into a Routine
Students should keep a routine that mirrors what they would do if they were to continue their studies on campus. For example: wake up at the same time, keep a schedule for classes and studying, eat meals at a consistent time, and stay physically active.
Watch What You Eat
What and when we eat can have an impact on how we feel. Maintain nutrition by eating three meals per day and snacking in moderation. It can be easy to eat what you might consider “junk” food during this time but avoid doing so as much as possible.
Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” has proven an effective alternative to drugs and teaches life-long coping skills. Patients treated with psychotherapy have fewer relapses than those treated with antidepressants. Find a therapist you respect, and who respects you.
Take a Pause
Make time to do things beyond coursework and studying. College can get very overwhelming, so making sure to not burn yourself out is crucial. Taking an hour or 2 break can be a great way to refresh the mind and help alleviate anxiety.
Maintain Connections with Others
Make an effort to reach out and connect with family and friends daily. Using video calls for face-to-face conversations can help maintain your mental health.
Talk to a Professional
Luckily today most colleges provide students with a professional with whom they can talk to. If you’re experiencing stress and anxiety, find out what mental health resources are available through your school. Ask what mental health services are available for you.
If you get too stressed
Everybody needs help from time to time. If you’re experiencing depression or anxiety, if you're unable to sleep or enjoy life, or if you're turning to alcohol or drugs to cope with stress, it's time to ask for help. Reach out to:
Your University's Mental health services
A doctor or therapist
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP
The American institute for stress
Today’s college students are feeling the pressures of our busy and constantly advancing world more now than ever. In fact, 45% of college students said they experience "more than average stress," and 87% said they felt overwhelmed by all they had to do at least once in the previous year, according to the American College Health Association-2018 National College Health Assessment.
The effects of stress are, well, stressful themselves. Upset stomach, headaches, exhaustion, and difficulty sleeping are common effects of stress, Mayo Clinic reports, as are irritability, restlessness, and depression. Some people turn to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and food to deal with stress, but overindulging in these things leads right back to—you guessed it—more stress.
We know that trying to juggle college with the demands of family, work, and life can get a little crazy. The information below showcases some stress management strategies for college students. Take a deep breath and enjoy.