How do I Manage Stress in College Life?

by Violeta León

    College allows you to fully take ownership of your time, responsibilities and who you want to become. This article is not about managing the stress, instead, how can you study without generating stress situations. That being said, I'll give you some tips to fully accomplish the dream college life, no stress at all. 

  • You must make a plan, write down everything you need to do in the week, month or your study period, then organize what is most important, focus on having goals. For example, if you know you are not the best at math, then you are aware you must focus each day a bit more on math than others subjects. When you plan, write too what you need, a book from the library or a special paper from the store, this way, when you are out, you can buy it or book it and save time later in the week. There were many times that I went to the library and forgot another book I needed but not when I plan for it. 
  • I hate to say this, but social media must only work after you have reach your study plans. Do not waste your time by sharing a picture on Instagram because that could mean time well invested on a test. Use social media only if it is going to help you, a call to a tutor, a video on YouTube that explain what you are studying, but for the rest, do it after you are done with your studies. 
  • Studies for a test is done better with time, do not wait a day before to do it. This is why planning is important, you will know in advance which subject needs to be studied and when you are going to do it. A day before, you will be happy, no stress at all because you studied in advance all you needed. 
  •  Stop being a perfectionist. Having low self-esteem leaves you vulnerable to stress. Chronic stress will erode your self-esteem over time. A major factor that connections the two is the desire to be perfect. When you measure yourself to a perfect standard then you’re just making it impossible to feel good about yourself. Shoot for excellence and “good enough” instead. By setting manageable goals and expectations, you’ll not only experience success, but you’ll boost your self-esteem and lower your stress levels.  

  • Eat better, whole foods at regular intervals throughout the day; eat slowly, chew your food and don’t drink your calories. Take some vitamins. If you take well care of your body, your body will take care of you; this way you’ll have the energy and a very good focus to study and achieve any goal. Drink plenty of water every day. Stay away from coffee and smoking. Those habits will interfere with your adrenaline and cortisol levels, increasing stress and anxiety.
  • Sleep. If you do not know the answer of something even when you read all over again, that is when is time to rest. Sleep. In the meantime, your brain will take a shower, clean itself and search for the answer you needed. When you wake up, and read again magically will have the solution. Also, make sure your bedroom has the right temperature for sleep, the air is clean and that you keep your phone and laptop in another room. 
  • Last but not least, do not hang around negative or lazy students. Be surrounded by students with a good energy and who wants to become someone in life. People who are negative see a problem in every solution, that is really stressful but positive people, see a solution to every problem. That’s what everyone needs. Good options to go further no only in the studies but in life.


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