Top 10 Stress Busters for College Students
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By Aimee Hosler | Aug 29, 2011
College and stress go hand in hand, but that's not always a bad thing. In fact, like red wine or dark chocolate, a little stress can be healthy. Too much stress, however, can undermine your emotional and physical well being, not to mention your ability to cope with other life challenges. That's why it's so important for college students of all types to master coping techniques early in the game. Not sure where to start? These top 10 stress busters for college students can help.
1. Sweat it out.
It's no secret that exercise is one of the most effective stress busters around. It can be difficult to make time for the gym on a student schedule, especially for those who work, but even a quick workout three days a week can help.
2. Strike a pose.
Yoga is another excellent stress buster. Sure, yoga is exercise, but unlike cardio or strength training, yoga emphasizes peace, relaxation and deep breathing--three things you could sure use right about now. Many college fitness classes and local gyms offer yoga classes these days, and most will let you try it out for free.
3. Sleep it off.
Sleep? In college? It's true. Not getting enough rest can wreck havoc on your mood, energy levels and ability to focus. Make sure you're getting at least seven solid hours each night.
4. Talk through it.
Sometimes the best way to cope with stress is to talk about it. If you aren't comfortable confiding in friends and family, investigate your school's counseling services: many schools provide no-cost counseling to students in need. If academics are the primary culprit, schedule a meeting with your academic adviser.
5. Go a little Zen.
You don't have to spend hours in a meditative pose, but setting some time aside to clear your mind and unwind can make you a happier, healthier college student.
6. Embrace it.
For some people, the best way to battle stress is to embrace it as a challenge. Setting your goals high in spite of it all can be an excellent motivator, just be sure to acknowledge you need help if things become too difficult.
7. Stay flexible.
Someone once said that one of the best ways to manage stress is to simply carry a pencil instead of a pen. In other words, when it comes to laying out your schedule or priorities, be willing to change and readjust as needed.
8. Make a change.
If your stress levels are maxing out to the point of unhealthy, it's time to take a step back and reevaluate. Maybe you need to reconsider your major, your school or your job, or maybe you just need to limit your studies to part time for a while.
9. Get the giggles.
Laughing is one of the best, but most commonly overlooked stress busters. Sometimes a good belly laugh is all you need to cope with college difficulty. Rent a funny movie or take in a comedy show.
10. Take care of yourself.
This seems like a given, but it's amazing how many people use stress as an excuse to fall off the exercise wagon, eat unhealthy foods or drink more. Take care of yourself now so that you can better cope with challenges to come.