Dear Stressed College Student,
Unfortunately, stress is unavoidable in life, but we can begin to take control of it. You must remember that some stress can be good for you, commonly called eustress, and it can motivate you and help you achieve your goals.
There are a few things you can do in order to take control of the harmful stress in your life. First, you need to realize and consciously make the choice to change the things you can control and let go of the things you cannot control. This will completely change your stress level, as you learn to not let the uncontrollable things in your life stress you.
Another tip to help combat against stress is to find a release. Try taking up something that calms you down. You could try yoga, your favorite Netflix show, art, music, exercising – anything that can take your mind off of what’s stressing you for an hour or two.
It is important to give yourself an hour a day to do something you enjoy. It will help you recover from a hard day and replenish your energy. Remember: treat yourself.
Learn the word “NO” and how to use it. It’s very typical for us college students to put too much on our plate. If someone asks you something you do not want to do, or do not have time to do, remember it is okay to say no. There are only 24 hours in a day and you should be using about seven of them to sleep.
If you are having trouble deciding if you should say no to something, here are a few steps to help you decide:
First, do you want to do this?
Second, will it bring you joy if you do it, or just stress?
Third, is it something that has to be done?
If all of the answers are no, then say no. If any of the answers are yes, if you can find the time, say yes.
The most important thing to remember is to breathe and know that this is common and eventually you will get through it. This is a time to grow, gain knowledge and most of all enjoy yourself, so don’t let stress get in the way of that!
Best of Luck,