Three Tips for College Stress
By Randi Morse
Once their senior year of high school is over, many college students are extremely excited to head to college. For teenagers, college not only represents a way to move forward with their career goals, but more importantly it is a teenager's way to gain independence. While it seems like it will all be fun and games, teenagers often find that college life is much more stressful than they thought it would be. If you feel like your classes, your responsibilities, your social obligations, and your studying is putting a huge weight on you, here are three tips that will help you manage your stress in college.
Get Some Sleep
When teenagers finally get the freedom they have been wanting, they sometimes go a little wild with it. Because there is no one to tell you where to go, no one to tell you what to do or what to eat or when to go to bed, it's easy to stop taking proper care of yourself. It's quite common for a college student to fall asleep around 4 a.m. only to head to class at 8 a.m. Insufficient sleep is a common cause for rising stress levels. It is recommended that adults get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, and college students should try to get at least that.
Don't Overload Yourself
You may want to do it all, and see it all, but your body might not agree. Our bodies are very good at telling us what we need and if you are feeling a great amount of stress, it might be because your body is telling you that you need to slow down. It's OK to avoid going to a party or two, just like it's fine to drop a class if you are feeling overly stressed. If you don't take good care of yourself, you won't be able to achieve the kind of grades in college that will help you to get further in your career as an adult.
Take a Break
A college English professor of mine once told me the secret to finishing a novel. He said if I was dealing with too much stress or writer's block, to put the novel in a drawer and walk away. The same tip holds true when you're dealing with a great deal of stress in college. If the classes, homework, and impending tests are stressing you out, walk away for a little while. Schedule a plan to meet friends and do something physical. The time away will get your blood flowing and will also help free up your mind.
College is a stressful time, but you can minimize that stress just by following these tips. If you slow down, make sure you don't overload yourself, and take a break when you need to, you can look back on your time at college fondly.
Use these tips to help yourself, or share them with your children to help them get ahead.
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