7 Authentic Ways to Feel Stress-Free as a College Student

7 Authentic Ways to Feel Stress-Free as a College Student

01/09/2017

How to Deal with Stress During Your University Career?

Stress can be disguised in many ways. University life can be sometimes stressful for even for the most relaxed students. So if you’re feeling stressed, you’re not alone.

As a student, you should avoid to work too hard and worry too much; it can lead to “burnout.” To prevent this, there are some straightforward ways to beat stress. As a student I am still facing stress, but here are some tips that may help you – as it’s helping me- to get over stress phases:

 

Take time for yourself

How about taking some time off to relax? Do you have hobbies? Make time for fun and yourself; you will come back to your work feeling fresh!

 

Sleep

Sleeping is the best medicine to prevent stress. Even doing small 20-minute naps can help increase productivity. It is very important to rest well the night before classes.

 

Adopt a varied and healthy diet

When you’re busy and tired, you are more tempted to grab snacks. However, eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink is necessary for your immune system so can help to control stress.

 

Time management

People often get stressed when they feel that they’re running out of time to complete something. However, the secret is to apply simple time management techniques; it will help you to feel relaxed and focused. Plan your study time, remember that too much material and too little time lead to anxiety.  Therefore, plan your studying with regularly scheduled study sessions about 50 minutes long separated by 5 to 10-minute breaks.

 

Take a look at the post 7 Day Plan to Stay Productive.

 

Exercise

“Exercise can be hugely beneficial for the mind as well as the body”- Glyn Williams

It is demonstrated that practicing sport at least once a week is the best way to reduce stress. It helps your body produce endorphins, which contribute to improving your mood, you will feel the benefits afterward. Even if you don’t feel like it, you only need to get your heart racing, for example by going for a brisk walk or a bike ride.

 

Relaxation techniques

It might sound simple, but sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day can help with stress levels. Proper breathing techniques can put you in a more relaxed state as they send oxygen surging through your bloodstream, contributing to calm you down and beat the stress.

Have you ever tried yoga? It’s a great way to ease your mind and relax your muscles. While practicing yoga, you will be less distracted by your thoughts- which can play over and over like an endless tape loop- as yoga encourages you to relax, slow your breath, and focus on the present.  

Mindfulness is most often practiced through deep breathing or guided meditation. This technique, like yoga, brings you into the present by focusing your attention on a single repetitive action, such as your breathing, a few repeated words, or the flickering light of a candle. Other forms of mindfulness meditation encourage you to follow and then release internal thoughts or sensations. Discover simple mindfulness exercises to empty your mind and find some much-needed calm amidst the madness of your hectic day.

So… Are up to learn to quiet your mind?

 

Listen to music

Listening to music can help to calm you down and to put you in a better frame of mind. If you’re feeling stressed, try to put some calming music while you work.

 

Last but not least, I want to share with you few tips about perhaps the most stressful and short moment as a student: the exam itself.

Manage nervousness. It’s natural to experience nervousness before starting the exam, but getting excessively nervous is counterproductive as you will not be able to think clearly during the review- sometimes you can be stuck. The most efficient and quickest method to eliminate stress and panic is closing your eyes and take several long and slow deep breaths. Breathing in this way calms your whole nervous system. Simultaneously you could give yourself some positive mental words like: “I am calm and relaxed” or “I know I will do fine,” “I will do my best.” The key is to challenge your irrational thoughts actively. If your mind goes blank, do not panic, move on to another question and return to this issue later.

Bring a small bottle of water into the exam and some snacks. For your performance during an exam, it is essential to be drinking enough fluids; especially water helps your body stay well hydrated. If you are stuck, you could opt for a short walk outside the room to calm down and clear up your mind.

 

These are some of our advice for today. If you have any other tricks to help you lose the anxiety, we will love to hear them.  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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Written by
Aïna
Since I was young I have been a proactive person, had the opportunity to live in different countries which allowed me to discover various cultures. Consequently, I felt deeply interested in better understanding our world; therefore I am currently studying International Relations in Blanquerna Ramon Llull University. Simultaneously with my degree I engaged in different projects led by young people to keep learning and to improve myself everyday.
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