Diagnosing which situation are likely stress boosters is only half the battle. Luckily, there are quite a few ways that you can avoid getting stressed out, reducing the amount of stress you feel from certain situations, and to increase your ability to cope with and eliminate stress altogether. Here are a few ways that you can cope with college stress:
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough quality sleep can have a variety of health benefits, including reducing stress and improving mood. You’ll also be less likely to get sick, have better memory recall, and generally enjoy a clear mind.
Your body can better handle stress when you are as healthy as possible and eating well is a great place to start. Make an effort to eat nutritious meals and avoid eating on the run so that you don’t get indigestion. You should avoid junk foods.
Not only will regular exercise help keep you healthy, but the act of exercising releases endorphins(a group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system) and improves overall cognitive ability. Exercise can also help you fall asleep, which itself can help reduce stress.
Yoga is also a great medium to reduce your stress. In yoga Pranayam and Kapalbhati Pranayam is very useful exercise for reducing stress.
Don’t Depend on Stimulants
Drinking coffee and energy drinks to fuel your late-night study binges will naturally lead to a crash later on. These stimulants increase cortisol levels in the body, increasing the effects of stress on the body.
Set Realistic Expectations
A hectic schedule is one stress booster that can breed several others. Consistently having too much on your plate can easily lead to a great deal of stress. Try managing your workload and setting realistic expectation so that you don’t overwork or over commit yourself.
Don’t Postpone your work
While many college students swear by waiting until the last minute to write a paper or cram for an exam, this inevitably leads to stress. Avoiding procrastination and managing your time wisely can keep you from having to spend all night catching up on coursework.
Find a Stress Outlet
Realistically, stress can’t be completely avoided. Finding some way to reduce your stress will go a long way towards keeping it from overwhelming you. Common stress outlets include exercise, comfort food, spending time with friends and loved ones, getting a massage, Listening music and more.