Just as college is the best four years of our lives, its also the most stressful. College is just as scary and stressful as it is exciting, inspiring, and invigorating. A year later and I’ve dealt with an immense amount of stress both in my academic and personal life. Today, I decided to share my top 5 ways I’ve dealt with stress over the past year.
Get enough sleep
No lie, I love sleep. Actually, I just love being lazy and laying in bed. Staying up until 3a.m. on a Sunday night may sound like a good idea but it wont be when you have to wake up for 9 a.m. calculus. Studies have shown that adults need an average 8 hours of sleep a night. Other than being cranky due to a lack of sleep, it also results in mismanaged hormone levels, weight gain, and risk of serious illness. So catch up on your favorite Netflix show and catch some Zs!
As much as I love to stress eat with Tostinos and cookies, its not the best idea. The Freshman 15 is real, no matter how many times a week you go to the gym, cafeteria food and eating out nightly is just as bad. It also causes a decrease in energy and stress threshold. Eating well not only helps the freshman 15 battle but also helps deal with stress.
I’m a former ECNL soccer player. Meaning, I was constantly playing soccer whether in our front yard or Saturday morning games. When I got hurt everything changed.* Coming to college, one of the things on my bucket list is to start getting back into the shape like I was 3 years ago. Whether its going on the elliptical for 20 minutes or going on a run campus, it helps take away any and all stress.
Try not to overwhelm yourself
Academics, clubs, Greek life, work, internships, double major/double minor, its overwhelming to say the least. It’s extremely easy to take more than you can handle. If your overwhelmed in classes, its okay to take 12 units for a semester instead of 15 units, you can catch up that one class next semester.
We’ve all read stories of people who are diagnosed with some horrible disease and given six months to live who have, in those last months, really developed a love of life. Don’t worry about the little things and just have fun, thats what we are here to do anyways. Its important to be happy and take care of yourself, the rest can wait.
What are some of your ways to cope with stress?