College and Stress: how to deal with it

By Marie-Emmanuelle Sako, first year public relations student at Humber College

College, that stage of our life most of us are excited but nervous about! Just thinking about the loads of work that’s coming our way is stressful itself. If you think you’re the only one going through it, you’re not, believe me we all go through it. Some are moving out, others have to get used to commuting and others are just completely lost. I wish someone had given me advices on dealing with stress before college but unfortunately no one did. Therefore people who don’t have anyone to help them prepare for the college life, can rely on tips I will be giving them online! Learning how to deal with stress will definitely help you in your college years. I’m going to start with five tips to avoid and relieve stress:

SLEEP

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Sleep is absolutely important. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep at night. Your body needs to rest. Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you’re sleeping your brain is preparing for the next day. Also some studies show that a good night’s of sleep improves learning, therefore not getting enough sleep will affect you during the day and that’s a fact. Taking naps during the day cannot replace the sleep you’re getting at night. I know a lot of people are going to say it’s impossible to get eight hours of sleep because of the amount of work they have and that leads to my next tip.

DON’T PROCRASTINATE

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Easier said than done, I know. Plan your days, by having an agenda ready to write down all of your assignments due dates. Doing your assigned work as soon as it’s given to you is always best. If you don’t want to do it all at the same time, just divide it and do some of it whenever you have time so you don’t have to rush through it on the due date. If that’s impossible for you to do because you are so distracted by everything around you then change your environment. Take the time to go somewhere where you will be more productive. Is doing your homework on your bed really motivating you to do it or is it making you want to snuggle and sleep? A great thing you can do is hang out with people who inspire you to take action. You can set goals for yourselves so you are never left with loads of homework. Leaving everything to the last minute, will get so overwhelming with everything and you don’t want that.

GIVE YOURSELF SOME “ME TIME”

When you are not studying on your day off, take some time for yourself to relax. Whatever it is that you like to do or you’re passionate about, do it. Make sure you don’t give up your passions because of school. Doing what you love will definitely help you relieve stress. If it’s collecting old coins, watching romantic movies, baking, anything. Just do it! It will help you relax because you will feel in your element. It is proven that when you’re in your element, you feel happy and relaxed because you are doing something that you like, something that you are good at. Sometimes you have to put yourself first and make sure you are happy with everything around you. Love yourself and treat yourself!

EXERCISE

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Do you hate going to the gym? Oh that’s okay; how about you taking a walk around your neighborhood? Exercising improves quality of life. Once you begin to exercise on a regular basis, it becomes mandatory because you realize how much of an important thing it is. Exercising reduce stress. When your body feels better your mind feels better and when your mind feels better, you sleep better. It’s a process but in the end stress is relieved and your mood is uplifted. There are so many ways to exercise; look for a way you’re interested in and get at it!

SPEND TIME WITH YOUR LOVED ONES

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Being surrounded by people you love is very important. A positive environment is great to relieve stress. You have nothing to worry about other than having a good time with your loved ones. It can be family or friends, go out and spend some time together; there are so many ways to have a good time. It can be out for lunch, to the spa or you can just stay at home to watch movies and order pizza. Or it can even be free, simply chilling at home enjoying laughs and Netflix.

Hope these tips were helpful to some of you. Remember there is always something you can do to relieve stress or even avoid it in the first place. What do you enjoy doing to relives your stress?

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