Healthy Mind

A Practical Guide to Managing Stress at College

College-related stress can cause a substantial mental damage and should be coped with as early as possible here is some advice. The first thought that may come in the minds of college students when they talk about stress is undoubtedly the fear of semester examinations, the education loans drilling deep holes in their pockets, and the relentless pursuit of academic performance.

Irrespective of the type of course you’re in, we all have our share of college stress. It is especially at this time of the semester that the workload kicks in, and by the time you’re done giving yourself a reality check, you’re burdened under a canopy of deadlines.

Time management and sleep

So what are the best ways in which we can avoid the foundations of our future from getting the better of us? For starters, we can begin with managing time available at our disposal. Time management plays a very crucial role especially when the stakes are as high as a master’s level degree. There may come a time when you’ll have to stay up late working on assignments which may eat into your time for socializing and extra-curricular activities. But if managed properly, the deadline related stress can be greatly reduced.

Allotting certain designated hours of the day only for a particular subject or module can be done. The next important thing to keep in mind is sleep. It might sound funny but having a proper sleep is absolutely essential for mental wellbeing. The productivity of the human body automatically dwindles if it is sleep deprived.

Clearing the mind with exercise

Another important aspect of managing wellbeing and stress is exercise. Now I don’t mean that it is essential for everybody to hit the track for a sprint. But something as small as a brisk walk, or jog in the park matters a lot. Anything that sets the adrenaline pumping out in nature can help reboot the mind. I have had friends who have gone mountaineering over the weekend without their mobiles and have now become regulars. They claim the “need” to see their screens has diminished when they actually hiked in nature and saw natural topography with their own eyes.

Avoid ‘drinking to relax’

Apart from this, binge drinking under the name “stress” has become quite a thing. People fail to talk about the repercussions of stress drinking. It’s fine to have one or two but alcohol is a depressant and can often leave us feeling worse. So instead, spend time with your passion; photography, writing, learning a new instrument or simply exploring new places as a way to de-stress. Talking to your roommates, friends or family about problems can help unburden the mind. In

College stress is an inevitable part of every student’s academic life. Dealing with it tactfully should be paramount.

 

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