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How to Handle Stress While Attending College

How to Handle Stress While Attending College

Navigating college life can be both an exhilarating and stressful experience. Between managing coursework, maintaining a social life, participating in extracurricular activities, and perhaps even holding down a job, it's no wonder that many college students feel overwhelmed. Here are some actionable strategies to help handle stress while you pursue your higher education:

1. Organize Your Time

Create a realistic schedule that includes study time, classes, work, and relaxation. Using apps or a physical planner can help you keep track of assignments and deadlines. Remember, good time management is crucial for reducing stress.

2. Practice Self-Care

Make sure to prioritize taking care of yourself physically and mentally. This means getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising regularly. Taking breaks from studying to do something you enjoy can also help you recharge and focus.

3. Utilize Campus Resources

Most colleges offer a range of resources to support students' mental health and well-being. These can include counseling services, health clinics, and stress management workshops. Don't hesitate to reach out for help when you need it.

4. Connect with Others

College can be a lonely experience if you don't make an effort to connect with others. Joining clubs or organizations that align with your interests is a great way to meet new people. Building a solid network of friends and peers can provide emotional support during stressful times.

5. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and paying attention to your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Taking a few minutes daily to meditate or do deep breathing exercises can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

6. Develop Coping Strategies

It's essential to have healthy coping strategies in place for when stress becomes overwhelming. Some effective methods include talking to a trusted friend or family member, writing in a journal, or practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga or listening to music.

7. Seek Academic Assistance

If you're struggling with coursework, don't be afraid to seek help from your professors or teaching assistants. They are there to support you and can offer valuable insights and resources to help you succeed academically.

Written by; Dr. Jacqueline Lang, MBA, MPA, MSED

Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of others.

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