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    Ways to manage college stress

    April 12, 2016

    College students deal with a lot. Homework, classes, budgets, a job, sleep, a social life… the list goes on. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, all college students get stressed out, regardless of whether it comes from midterms, finals, or just trying to balance everything.

    Below are a couple ways that can help you manage with the stress that comes with college.

    Schedule downtime for yourself: One way to combat stress is to be proactive about giving yourself some time to breathe. Whether that is going to a movie, getting coffee with friends, or finding time to read a new book, schedule a time to take a break and let yourself be distracted from school or work.

    Find a hobby: Picking up a hobby will allow you to focus on developing yourself as a well-rounded person outside of the classroom. Don’t underestimate what the campus or community has to offer. Whether it’s intramural sports or knitting, you never know what you can pick up if you don’t try.

    Treat your body right: College students can get easily stressed and end up sick. Stress can be as much physical as it is mental, which means you need to take care of yourself. Get sleep before exams, spend time at the gym, and remember to have healthy snacks. Avoid energy drinks, too much coffee, and all-nighters.

    Don’t be afraid to say no: Don’t burn yourself, college is a marathon not a sprint. If you know you’re already busy, recognize the need to take care of yourself. It doesn’t hurt to have less on your plate.

    Don’t be afraid to find help: If you start feeling stressed or overwhelmed, don’t feel like you need to deal with your problems on your own. The university and community have many programs designed to help you manage with stress. Even being able to vent to friends can go a long way.

    Stress comes in a variety of packages, but there are plenty of resources on and off campus that can help.

    If you’re getting ready to graduate, or want to make sure that you’re on track to, visit Academic Advising.

    If you’re nervous about interviewing for a job or applying to an internship and want some extra support, visit the Johnson Career Center.

    If you have an end of semester paper or presentation coming up, don’t wait until the last second. Visit the Business Communications Office for some extra feedback.