5 Ways To Manage Stress In College
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5 Ways To Manage Stress In College

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5 Ways To Manage Stress In College

Before coming to college, I had only heard about how great college life would be. Every day, I would see pictures posted on social media from my friends who had already graduated, showing their fun college parties and adventures. My expectation of carefree days filled with constant fun was soon hit with a cold dose of reality. Within my first month of college, I was already swamped with papers, projects, and homework. On top of all that, I had to find time to foster new friendships, manage a long-distance relationship, and somehow stay sane.

It’s a lot to handle. It can be stressful at times. Here are the top five ways I’ve found to help manage my stress in college.

1. Use an agenda.

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As my roommate always says: "My agenda is my Bible." Keeping track of all of your schoolwork, social events, and household duties in a planner can make you feel a lot more in control of your schedule. Planners eliminate the panic of never knowing when that midterm essay is due or what time you're meeting your friend for coffee. Also, really cute planners like these ban.do ones can help keep you motivated to stay on track with fun motivational quotes and artwork every month.

2. Hit the gym.

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Studies have shown that working out is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress. From my own experience, I can definitely say this is true. There's nothing quite like a good workout to lessen stress on both the body and the mind. Put on some empowering music, your best workout clothes, and go to the gym. You'll come back feeling so much better.

3. Try meditating.

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I'm sure a lot of stereotypes come to mind when you first think of meditation. You might think of sitting down with crossed legs, letting out a few "oms" as you burn some incense. Of course, this can be one way to meditate. However, in a broader sense, mindful meditation simply means focusing inward and being aware of the present moment. (There's a really great TEDTalk that explains this way better than I can). Studies have shown that meditation can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression as well as improve overall mental health. Lately, I've really been loving the app buddhify, which offers short guided meditations for a variety of situations.

4. Take a power nap.

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After hours and hours of working on that paper, you deserve a break. Take a 20 to 30 minute power nap to recharge your brain and help you catch up on sleep. Plus, there are so many different health benefits to napping, including increased motor performance and higher alertness. Those benefits can help you to not only feel less stressed but it can also help you better accomplish your tasks.

5. Do something you love.

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This may come as no surprise, but doing something you love can reduce stress by bringing you comfort and make you a little bit happier. Watch your favorite movie or TV show. Practice your favorite hobby. Eat your favorite food. If anything, it'll put a smile on your face amidst the stress.

Good luck!

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