10 Ways to Reduce Stress

1. Sleep.

Everyone knows college students don’t get enough sleep. From goofing around with friends to pulling all-nighters, college students will often deprive themselves of the energy they need to help them push through a stressful time. If you are able to go to bed early one night, take advantage of that! Don’t let yourself dilly-dally around, just because you have free time. Take care of yourself!

2. Eat Healthy.

We have all heard of the “freshman 15” in which you gain 15 pounds your first year of college. On top of gaining weight, college students tend to eat really unhealthy. Eating unhealthy brings down energy levels, causing students to get more stressed. Eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and doing so is very important. It helps your body wake up and helps your metabolism kick in; building up stamina and brain function, which helps relieve stress.

3. Exercise.

If you are feeling stressed, or even just a little down, try exercising for a bit. Just 20 minutes a day can really help lower your stress-level. It will not only keep you healthy, but it can also lighten your mood and make you feel better about yourself. Things such as running to music, lifting weights, or even using an exercising app in your dorm room are ways you can get some physical activity. So, if you have a little free time in your stressful schedule, consider taking that time to exercise and get away from it all.

4. Get a massage.

If you’re feeling knotted up, try putting your stress into somebody else’s hands… literally. Stress can cause your muscles to become tight and knotted, and a professional massage therapist can help loosen them, providing stress relief. Having back pain and being sore really isn’t a pleasant feeling and getting a massage can be expensive, especially to broke college students. Tons of massage businesses offer great student discounts allowing you to pay less and become stress free!

5. Get some quite time.

Sometimes you just need to get away. Try to find a quiet place with as few distractions as possible. Clear your mind, and think about something you like to think about that tends to calm you down. Spending your quiet time with God is a great way to relieve stress. He can refresh you in the simplest ways. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, getting away from all the noise and chaos can do a lot to relieve your stress.

6. Socialize.

Have you been working on that English paper for three days straight? Can you even read what you have written down? You may be stressed because you have been over working your brain. Remember, your brain is like a muscle and it even needs a break from time to time. Try go seeing a movie with a group of friends. Order a pizza and just relax for a little while. Being social is maybe just what you need to lose some stress!

7. Listen to Music

Music can do so many amazing things for you. It can lighten your mood, help you sleep, and even lower stress-levels. Find a few songs to listen to while taking a break from your work. You may find yourself less stressed by the time you get back to work!

8. Manage Your Time.

College life can be overwhelming, and students tend to take on more than they can handle. Trying to balance a job, homework, classes, relationships, social clubs and eating can get overwhelming and stressfull. It can sometimes feel like there is not enough hours in a day… because there is not. Remember the main reason why you’re in college, academics. Focus most of your time on school first, then make time for friends and clubs.

9. Focus on Goals

Remembering your goals is very important. You can easily get caught up in the many little tasks that have to be done. Focusing too much on those instead of your main goals can cause you to stress out sooner. Step back and look at the big picture. Then, decide to focus on one goal at a time. You can only do so much at once!

10. Avoid Energy Drinks.

Ever have those long homework filled nights that you mistakingly consume three cups of coffee, a 2 liter of Mountain Dew, and two red bulls? Pulling all nighters may seem like a brilliant idea in the moment, but really the next days “caffeine hangover” begs to differ. Staying awake using Artificial stimulants will ultimately result in an energy crash, making you more succeptible to stress. If you can, try staying away from energy supplements as much as possible, not only can they cause more stress, but can cause more health problems down the road.

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