Whether you are at work or in the library, things can get pretty stressful in college. We are constantly trying to do everything at the same time and when we burn out at the end of the quarter, we wonder why. But whether it's life that is abusing the fantasy you thought college would be or the number of things you have put on your plate, there is a ton of stress to get things done in college. So here are five ways that you can do to make you less stressed, no matter where you are.
1. Try a breathing exercise
This one is my favorite. If you watch the image and breathe with it, there is something calming about it. It also helps you focus on the task at hand: breathing. This way you are only thinking of breathing and nothing else. By clearing your mind, you are better able to sort through your tasks and figure out what the true priorities are.
2. Stay hydrated
A lot of people forget to stay hydrated while they are working. And I get it; having tunnel vision can help you keep your focus when you are doing a task. But if you forget to keep yourself hydrated, you are contributing to the sluggish feeling. Drinking water has tons of health benefits but what most people don't remember is how much water can help you stay awake and feeling focused.
3. Clear up the clutter
I am so guilty of pulling everything out of my backpack so that I have everything at hand. But all these distractions are only pulling your attention elsewhere. If you just clean up the space around you, you are more likely to focus on doing the work in front of you rather than look through your planner. Which to be honest, is stressing you out even more. Also, put your phone on silent or do not disturb mode. If you don't get notifications, then you don't get distracted. That simple.
4. Take breaks
I am guilty of this sometimes. You think you can just tough it out for as long as you need to but when you are done with work, you feel burnt out. If you space out your work and give yourself a 10 minute break in between each set of work, you are more than likely going to be more focused. Or if you don't want to have a scheduled break time, let your body tell you when you need to take a break. Sometimes our minds wander for a reason and that reason is a sign that you need to take a break.
5. Talk to other people
Even if you think it can be distracting, talking to people helps generate ideas that are stuck in our heads. Also if you talk to someone about the things that are I your head, even if they are not related to the thing that you are supposed to be working on, it helps you clear your mind. And it helps you relieve some of that stress when you guys start telling jokes.
As finals get closer and school is coming to an end, it is important to make sure that we take care of ourselves during the times that we feel the most stressed.