How to keep stress in check as a college student

College students are prone to stress.

The workload of courses, classes, assignments, tests and other requirements can often feel like too much. And then there’s the social obligations. While they may appear to be forms of relaxation, things like attending parties or other social functions, may actually turn out to be sources of stress, especially for those who have fear of missing out.

For some, anxiety about how to cope with all these things will bring on its own stress. Stress can have many physical effects on college students. Some may have mild headaches, others may have chronic headaches, and some might feel constantly tired.  The feeling of how to cope or the inability to cope may set in. The trick is to understanding the source of stress and how to solve it.

One helpful strategy might be to not get competitive about grades with fellow students.

Obsessing over the achievements of others and constantly comparing yourself is a recipe for a stressful life. Don’t bother with such obsessions. Taming this monster of obsession will go a long way when reducing stress. There is enough to worry about with your own studies, without having to worry about those of other people.

It is good to be focused on why one is in college and to put priority on what needs to be done.

Assignments should be started and worked on before the deadline of submission, and dates of submission and level of difficulty should also be kept in view to know which assignments to prioritize. It is also good to give correct priority to social activities.

One benefit of modern technology is that one can keep a schedule for all these things on their phone or computer and even have regular reminders. The importance of the computer and its use for assignments and other activities cannot be overstated. It reduces stress drastically when used to its maximum capacity.

All in all, maintain balance and try to keep stress at its most minimal level.

College students have so many things on their plate, and coping with the numerous moving parts may be daunting. Stress creeps in when one does not plan one’s schedule adequately, taking note of what is important and deserving of more time and focus, and what uses of are time are not helping us achieve our goals.

It is important to plan one’s schedule, bearing the above in mind. One’s education is the foundation for the future and will put one on good footing, so it must take the central place.

Other things should come after that.  Assignments to do that have close deadlines should come first.  Getting started early will allow for good work and enough time given. Difficult assignments should also be given time as to prepare well and do a good job on. Rushing will only produce a shabby presentation and rushing can in itself be stressful.

Students must learn what works best for them and follow that. What works for one person may not work for the other person. Therefore trying to follow the crowd on anything may just add stress. Each must find his or her space, pace and level as to what works for him or her.

There are many resources in school to cope with stress, including advisors, professors and Counseling and Psychological Services. Talking to friends and family also help relieve stress. The internet also has so many resources on how to let go of stress and focus on the good things in life. Life is stressful but focusing on the stress is not a good way to handle; instead focus on your end goal.

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Oluwatobi Oluwagbemi

Oluwatobi is a college student trying to make things work. She loves writing and listening to music. You can always see her with a pen trying to jot down notes. Oluwatobi loves to learn and meet new people.

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