Tips for Dealing with Stress & Anxiety in College

College can be both very exciting while meeting with friends and engaging in some interesting academic and non-academic activities, and sometimes may be stressful as well.

No one on earth is ever immune from stress. However, the level of stress encountered at college and higher institutions of learning is so alarming and peculiar. In the words of J. David Forbes, “When you get to college, it’s usually a fairly sizable life change…It’s the first time you’re off on your own.

You’re out of any adult jurisdiction. That can bring an overwhelming number of choices”. Stress can be said to occur when your level of tension goes far above your energy level which will often result in an ‘overloading’ kind of feeling.

It is important to note at this juncture, that stress and anxiety are common indices of life. Some levels of stress may be good and advantageous for us as humans in that they help to encourage us towards growth and development.

This notwithstanding, when stress and anxiety co-exist for a much longer period, they may result in the bitter experience and become a burden or a health risk at which point anxiety counselling or therapy may be required.

When stress sets in at college, below are the tips to take to avoid total burnout.

Get enough time to sleep

It may be tempting to hit the hay at 4 a.m. and then later attend an 8 a.m. class, but shortchanging yourself on rest can increase your stress level. Insufficient sleep may cause sicknesses like obesity, diabetes, depression, and a whole lots more.

When you are stressed out, your body needs some level of rest and a sound sleep to help bring back to shape the already disturbed system due to stressful activities. It’s crucial to get like 8 hours of sleep every night to make the body and mind ready for the events of the next day.

Cultivate the habit of eating well and on time

Eating proper diet and taking meals at the right time can be a very potent source of reducing stress at college. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand. Take a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

Avoid procrastination

Avoid procrastination as much as you can, it tells on your health. Putting off assignments or responsibilities until the last very last minute can create more mental and physical stress than staying on top of them.  Procrastination affects many aspects of daily life, such as the quality of your academic performance, the quality of your sleep, and your mood.

Daily exercise taking

By engaging in different forms of exercises, you flex your muscles and bones and make them all active again after so much stress of the day. They help to make you feel good and maintain healthy living. Try to do something that catches your fancy like listening to music, taking a walk out, learning relaxation techniques, and more.

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